Monday, 3 January 2011

Rushcliffe Country Park, Sunday 2 January

A small party paid a visit to RCP yesterday and were rewarded with another disappointing catch of just 38 birds, over half of which were retraps. What is surprising given the amount of seed available to the birds at the site is the lack of seed-eating species present. We did not catch a single Chaffinch which is the first catch this winter without one and probably the first winter catch we have ever had there without one. Only one finch was caught, a Goldfinch, six Yellowhammer and three Reed Buntings, the rest were mainly tits. Where have all the finches gone? I guess possibly moved south or died as they do not seem to be visiting our gardens either. The best retrap was a five year old Blue Tit.

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