Friday, 11 March 2011

Brackenhurst, Sunday 6 March

The predicted bright, cold morning did not really happen with the weather being dull & overcast. The ringing was steady with up to eight birds each round, which amounted to 35 birds handled. However, it allowed us more time to look at the birds and colour ring all the new Yellowhammers. I suppose the highlights of the catch were getting a few Chaffinches and Tree Sparrows for a change. There were a 20/30 Fieldfare and Redwing about, but only male Blackbirds were noted perhaps suggesting the females are getting down to breeding.

Totals processed were 35 birds (23 new / 12 re-trapped). Broken down as follows: Dunnock 0/2, Great Tit 4/5, Blue Tit 3/1, Long-tailed Tit 1/0, Chaffinch 4/3, Tree Sparrow 4/0, Yellowhammer 7/0, Reed Bunting 0/1.

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