Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Brackenhurst, Sunday 5 January

A good morning at the Brack feeders with 101 birds handled. Finally the weather settled for a while and we had ourselves a bright and calm day with plenty of birds about. Our number included Gary, Kev, Emma, Sue, myself and my old Dunstable mate Mick Dunne. We finished at midday in anticipation of the forecast rains which did not arrive 'til evening.

Yellowhammers are now appearing in decent numbers and made up two-fifths of the catch. The feeder nets had an odd new species, with five male House Sparrows ringed! Tits and Chaffinch numbers were maybe lower than expected, but the sound lure in Orwin's attracted Redwing again. We only seem to catch Long-tailed Tits and Goldcrest when the Redwing are singing in their Latvian dialect.

Totals for individual species ringed/retrapped (68/33): Wren 0/1, Dunnock 1/1, Robin 0/2, Redwing 4/0, Goldcrest 2/0, Long-tailed Tit 3/10, Blue Tit 0/5, Great Tit 1/2, Treecreeper 1/0, House Sparrow 5/0, Tree Sparrow 11/0, Chaffinch 5/5, Yellowhammer 35/7.


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