Monday, 20 January 2014

Brackenhurst, Sunday 19 January

It's never a sign of a good ringing session, when you're sarnies are gone by 9 and you go home with an empty flask. Alex, Gary, Rebecca and I had a quiet morning at Brack. We put up nets in the dark, in light drizzle which soon cleared. No real dawn as it was dark and overcast, and quite still. Ideal netting conditions you'd think, but the almost warm temperature made it otherwise.

We processed 47 birds steadily through the morning, comprising only seven species, of which about a third were Yellowhammer. The oldest retraps were a 2009 Blue Tit and a 2010 Yellowhammer. Elsewhere a Tawny was calling first thing, lots of winter thrushes and the resident Buzzard annoying the corvids.

Totals for individual species ringed/retrapped (20/27): Dunnock 0/3, Robin 1/2, Blackbird 0/1, Blue Tit 2/3, Great Tit 6/7, Chaffinch 3/2, Yellowhammer 8/9.


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