Monday, 4 April 2011

A real sense that spring is in the air at ringing this week. The summer migrants were the stars of the show with 14 of the 26 new birds. 10 chiffchaff (2 re-traps), 2 willow warblers and 2 blackcaps were excellent with a new goldcrest, siskin (very unusual site record) and treecreeper adding to the haul. 45 re-traps in total including a male nuthatch. Willow warbler Chiffchaff Siskin Ringing in the garden on Sunday was quiet but this cracking lesser redpoll was a nice early capture. A collared dove had made it's way into an open greenhouse when we got home in the afternoon. It was one I had already ringed buI hadn't caught it since last June. Lesser redpoll and it's rump.

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