Gary, Duncan and I met in the snow at Sutton Bonington in perfect mist netting conditions. We were joined by Nabegh, visiting from his new home in Liverpool and Mike Murray from East Leake who wanted to come along to see what ringing was all about. The first round was quite productive but catches dropped quickly and so we took down a little early. I can’t explain why the catch was so small as the snow cover would usually ensure a decent catch at a feeding site.
We finished on 24 birds including 9 retraps, the species totals were (new/retrap): Dunnock 2/0, Blue Tit 0/3, Great Tit 0/1, Chaffinch 1/2, Goldfinch 1/0, Greenfinch 9/0, Lesser Redpoll 1/0, Reed Bunting 1/0, Robin 0/3.
The retraps were all recently ringed birds. A Buzzard was around most of the morning and a few Fieldfares, Skylarks and a Raven passed overhead.