As I said before from the word go birds were on the move and we had some fairly impressive totals particularly for Lesser Redpoll. Our 'vis' totals included 217 Lesser Redpolls, Brambling, 15 Goldfinch, 2 Tree Pipits, 8 Meadow Pipits, Alba Wag, 7 Linnets, Siskin, 2 Swallows, Sand Martin and 2 Sparrowhawks.
As you will probably have guessed from the title of my blog Redpolls were a feature of the morning and we managed to ring 65 Lesser Redpolls and a stonking 2CY Common (Mealy) Redpoll.
Bags full of Lesser Redpolls!
Common (Mealy) Redpoll
On the ringing front the Redpolls had a supporting cast of Dunnock, Goldfinch, 2 Chiffchaffs, Wheatear (Greenland) and Blackbird. We also controlled 3 Lesser Redpolls and their ring numbers were T667199, L291656 and R066772. Does anyone know anything about them?
Given the clear conditions we were surprised to have a few grounded migramts in the form of a third Chiffchaff, male Redstart, Grasshopper Warbler, Willow Warbler and Goldcrest. So all in all it was a cracking morning and thanks to Wendy for the bacon butties!
The forecast for tomorrow is similar, but I doubt we will have a repeat performance of the Redpolls, but we'll be there just in case!