Monday, 9 January 2012

Granby, Sunday 8 January

Duncan, Ian and myself made the eighth visit of the winter to Granby on Sunday. Weather was breezy at first and then calm and overcast for most of the session. It was generally quiet and not many birds were around. Highlights were two Cormorants flying over, and Dunnocks & Robins (encouraged by the balmy weather no doubt) having a bit of a sing-song. Of course, the mild conditions meant the catch was small compared to this time last year. The full catch being 19 new birds with 17 retraps. Two of the Blue Tits had originally been ringed in 2006 (one in a nest box about 1km away) and a Great Tit from 2008. As it was quiet I thought I'd try to tape lure the Tree Sparrows that were hanging around the feeders, and two were caught right next to the player. Full catch numbers were (new/retrap): Wren 1/-, Dunnock 1/-, Robin -/1, Blue Tit -/8 Great Tit 1/8, Chaffinch 4/1, Greenfinch 1/-, Tree Sparrow 3/-, Yellowhammer 7/-.

Jim

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