The Yellowhammers accounted for 60% of the catch, with Great Tits second again. Amongst the Yellowhammer retraps were three birds that had originally been ringed as adult males in March/April 2008, and they are only re-trapped in those months. Perhaps evidence that they are returning to near their breeding territories. Interestingly, we also had a Yellowhammer with a bill deformity (not dissimilar to a Crossbill) which is not something we've come across before.
It can be an interesting time of year, ringing wise, with migrants coming and going, and resident birds getting down to breeding. We had instances of this in Orwin's, with two Chiffchaffs singing, one of which was ringed, and six Redwing turning up in the nets there. The latter were all first winter birds, and one suspects the adult Redwing are already on their way to Scandinavia.
Also, rather surprisingly, two new male Great Spotted Woodpeckers were ringed.
Total number of birds processed was 139 (80 new / 58 re-trapped), which is broken down as follows: Great Spotted Woodpecker 2/0, Dunnock 3/3, Blackbird 1/0, Redwing 6/0, Chiffchaff 1/0, Great Tit 6/15, Blue Tit 3/3, Chaffinch 3/2, Yellowhammer 52/34, Reed Bunting 3/0.
We also saw the first Commas of the year, though no Brimstones yet.
All 'n all, an excellent morning's ringing.