Sunday, 6 January 2013

Brackenhurst, Sunday 6 January

A bit like anglers, ringers always have an excuse. We had two this morning: it was too mild and too foggy. Having said that, catching only 7 birds was still only just one per ringer... Nevertheless, the company was good, the sunrise pretty, the hands not too cold and the few birds we caught were interesting. First out of the nets was an adult Redwing and soon after a young Jay - the third of the season. Before that the last was in 2004 so it shows the unusual numbers that are around this year. Full listings as follows (new/retrap): Redwing 1/0, Jay 1/0, Bullfinch 1/0, Blackbird 2/0, Great Tit 1/0, Robin 0/1.

Away from the nets we counted over 200 Pink-footed Geese heading NW-ish above the mist (has the warm weather prompted them to leave Norfolk?) and a flock of about 10 Siskin stubbornly refused to go near the nets. A single Redpoll, a few Meadow Pipits and a regular trickle of Redwing and Fieldfare were overhead and two Woodcock were flushed in Orwin's. Wrens, Dunnocks, Robins and a Coal Tit were all singing and as we've all noted, the mild weather has encourged quite a few insects out.


(all pics PML)

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