Gary, Mick, Duncan, Pete Stanyon and I gathered at Brack on Saturday for the first of the winter student ringing demonstrations. The weather was overcast and cold, but calmer than predicted. Ringing wise it was a little quiet, with for example only 10 Yellowhammers processed whereas would have expected two or three times that number on a frosty morning this time of year. Still, there was a steady flow of birds and all the c20 students who popped down got to see birds being ringed and help release them.
We handled 43 birds of 10 species, with the usual mix plus a single Bullfinch. The oldest retraps were a Robin & Great Tit from 2010.
Ringing totals were (new/retraps): Blackbird 0/1, Robin 0/4, Dunnock 2/2, Wren 1/0, Blue Tit 1/5, Great Tit 5/9, Tree Sparrow 1/0, Bullfinch 1/0, Chaffinch 1/0, Yellowhammer 4/6.