Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Sibthorpe, Friday 8 April

I had another solo session in my Sibthorpe garden on Friday. That’s now half a dozen sessions with more than 300 birds of 18 species processed, plus three controls (Lesser Redpoll and two Goldfinch). As you can see from the species totals below, I get a nice mix of sparrows & finches, and thankfully not many tits. It was pleasing on Friday to ring four Reed Buntings which we hardly see here, and start colour ringing the House Sparrows (though they are very wary). Group members are very welcome to join me ringing here. Breakfast is included!

Species totals 292/43 (new/retrap) so far at Sibthorpe are:- Great Spotted Woodpecker 1/0, Wren 3/2, Dunnock 15/7, Robin 6/3, Blackbird 9/1, Redwing 1/0, Long-tailed Tit 5/2, Coal Tit, 1/0, Blue Tit 17/3, Great Tit 5/3, Starling 6/0, House Sparrow 53/5, Tree Sparrow 3/1, Chaffinch 5/0, Goldfinch 110/13, Lesser Redpoll 0/2, Reed Bunting 5/0.

The first House Sparrow colour ringed! If I can colour ring enough, the plan is to do a HS Retrapping Adult Study; see more on the BTO website.

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