Sunday, 12 April 2015

Brackenhurst, Sunday 5 April

A fairly quiet morning at Brackenhurst, with only 16 birds processed, but variety with 10 species handled. Our team was Gary, Alex, Kate, Kev and myself. Several Chiffchaffs gave us a welcoming chorus and it was nice to be ringing our first summer migrants of the year. However, there were few Yellowhammers about. This perhaps reflects the mild winter as in previous Aprils we've caught good numbers of them following on from a hard winter.

The more interesting of the retraps were Great and Blue Tits, both ringed on 02/11/2012, a Yellowhammer from 19/03/2011 which had not been caught since, and a Chiffchaff from last March.

Captures were (new/retraps) 16(8/8): Blue Tit 0/1, Chaffinch 1/0, Chiffchaff 3/1, Goldcrest 1/0, Goldfinch 1/0, Great Spotted Woodpecker 0/1, Great Tit 0/4, Robin 1/0, Wren 1/0, Yellowhammer 0/1.


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