Monday, 15 February 2016

Sutton Bonington, Sunday 14 February

Because of poor weather it had been a month since our last visit to Sutton Bonington. The weather for this visit was forecast to be a bit too breezy but we went ahead and were joined by Emma Wells, an MSc student at Nottingham University, studying Biological Photography.

There was a bit of a breeze as we put up the nets and this increased as the sun rose and ‘lit up’ the nets. The first round was quite productive but catches dropped quickly and we took down at 1030. It was at least encouraging that there were a few Yellowhammers around and we caught two of them.

We finished on 22 birds including 6 retraps, the species totals were (new/retrap): Dunnock 0/3, Chaffinch 2/0, Goldfinch 5/0, Greenfinch 4/0, Bullfinch 1/0, Yellowhammer 2/0, Reed Bunting 1/1, Robin 1/1, Blackbird 0/1.

The retraps were all recently ringed birds. A couple of Buzzards passed overhead along with a few small parties of Fieldfare and at least 1 Raven.


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