Saturday, 14 January 2012

Two Days Running!

Ian and I managed to get out for a second day running ringing this morning which is unheard of based on recent weeks. We were trying a feeding station that Ian has recently set up in some woodland, with the hope of catching some Siskins when return passage commences in Feb.

We ringed 25 birds as follows:

Great Tit - 8
Blue Tit - 9
Chaffinch - 2
Robin - 1
Dunnock - 1
House Sparrow - 2
Blackbird - 2

 House Sparrow


At first light we had a few Redwings exiting a roost in the woodland and a female Great Spotted Woodpecker showed well as it fed in Sycamore. Sixty Lapwing headed west overhead, before turning and heading south, and only just one Siskin called from some Alders.

We were lamenting the fact that there is going to be another 'year list competition' again this year in the Fylde, which means some birders running round chasing common migrants as if they were major rarities and causing disturbance at sites far and wide! When will they ever learn? Oh well, I suppose it sadly means another year of reluctantly suppressing certain birds like last year, not ideal and very, very annoying.

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