Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Granby, Monday 19 March

David, Duncan and myself made the fourteenth visit of the winter to Granby today. There was a ground frost early on, but soon bright and sunny and the breeze quickened and moved around to the southwest later on. My farmers' tan got another blast and my face is glowing as I write. The usual species were singing, a few Fieldfares passed over together with a solitary lost Golden Plover. No Chiffchaffs though or Brimstone butterflies; the day begged for both really.

A better catch than the last though with 48 birds handled. Two-thirds of the new birds were Yellowhammers. While it was good to catch semi-decent numbers of the target species, overall the session lacked variety with only six species handled and only one ring size used! The only retrap of note was a four year old Blue Tit.

Full catch numbers were 31/17 (new/retrap): Dunnock 1/2, Blue Tit 0/2, Great Tit 5/9, Chaffinch 3/1, Yelllowhammer 18/3, Reed Bunting 4/0.


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