made the first visit of the winter to the feeding site on 3 Nov. A few of us had put the feeders up and baited the site a
couple of weeks previously. We were not expecting much as the forecast the
previous day was not good but for once the forecast was incorrect and the
weather was settled and calm. Quite a while after dawn we looked towards the
copse and saw a Barn Owl heading across the field and into the trees but of
course it avoided the nets there! Catching was steady throughout the morning
including plenty of Blue Tits and Great Tits
including a leucistic individual.
We ended with a catch of 54 including 2
retraps, made up of (new/retrap): Robin 1/0, Blue Tit 25/2, Great Tit 11/0,
Long-tailed Tit 9/0, Chaffinch 4/0, Goldfinch 1/0, Greenfinch 1/0. The oldest
retrap was from 2017.
The second visit was made on 10 Nov, again in good conditions. The
first round was very quiet but it picked up slowly as the morning went on and we
finished on 56 including 27 retraps, made up of (new/retrap): Robin 1/1, Dunnock
1/0, Blue Tit 10/14, Great Tit 4/8, Long-tailed Tit 6/3, Chaffinch 2/0, Lesser
Redpoll 2/0, Greenfinch 0/1, House Sparrow 3/0. Most of the retraps were from
the previous week but the oldest was a Long-tailed Tit from 2014.
The teams for these two visits comprised Maria, Alex, Holly,
Sarah, Duncan, Mick T, Gary and me.
Ramsdale Park Golf Centre
On 6 Nov Mick T and I made a visit here to try for a few more
Redwing. Absolutely perfect conditions but not so many birds around. Catching
was slow but steady and we finished on 37 including 1 retrap, made up of
(new/retrap): Redwing 19/0, Song Thrush 1/0, Blackbird 5/0, Wren 2/0, Robin 1/1,
Blue Tit 3/0, Great Tit 2/0, Greenfinch 2/0, Bullfinch 1/0. The only retrap was
a Robin from 2018. Overhead passed 100+ Pink Feet heading south.
partially leucistic Great Tit, Sutton Bonington, 3 November (K. Hemsley)