It was a beautiful, calm and clear morning at Granby with enough members to merit two trips in the Landie to get us all into the site. Tom, Alex, Duncan, Nick, Gary, Kev, Jim and Pete set the normal nets and an additional pair with a thrush tape above the cutting. A young female Sparrowhawk found its way into one of the latter before the sun had come up and got us off to a good start.
With the exception of a single Song Thrush, Blackbirds were the only thrushes in evidence around the nets and only a trickle of Redwings and Fieldfares were noted elsewhere. The most numerous species trapped were Great Tits and Robins whilst finches, bunting and sparrows were conspicuous by their absence.
In total we captured 48 birds (28 new/20 retrap) comprising: Blackbird 6/2, Blue Tit 2/2, Chaffinch 1/0, Dunnock 1/0, Great Tit 11/6, Robin 3/9, Sparrowhawk 1/0, Song Thrush 1/0, Wren 1/0 and Yellowhammer 1/1.
The majority of the retraps were from last winter, bar a Blackbird from 2009/10, a Great Tit from 2011/12 and three Robins from 2010/11, 2011/12 & 2012/13.
Elsewhere around the site we noted Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, a few Reed Buntings and a single Greenfinch. In general it felt quiet, but we enjoyed the sunshine.
Pete & Jim
Pete & Jim
Setting up at dawn, young female Sparrowhawk and a view from the bridge (all photos PML)