Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Sutton Bonington, Sunday 6 March

Another decent day for mist-netting and Alex, Tom, Gary and I were joined by Mike Murray at Sutton Bonington. The bait had gone down considerably when I went to bait the site on the previous Wednesday and again today but unfortunately this was not reflected in the catch size. The first catch was relatively small and each catch subsequent to that was low with a total of just 28 birds including 7 retraps.

The species totals were (new/retrap): Dunnock 2/1, Chaffinch 2/0, Goldfinch 6/0, Greenfinch 4/0, Yellowhammer 2/0, Reed Bunting 1/0, Robin 1/2, Blackbird 1/1, Blue Tit 0/1, Great Tit 0/2, Song Thrush 2/0.

The retraps were all recently ringed birds. There were still few small parties of Fieldfares about and Lapwings were in the field.


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