Last weekend Alice and I had a ringing session at our feeding station in the Hodder Valley, and we were joined by Dan, who is one of the two Assistant Wardens on Fair Isle. Dan had joined us so I could support his application for a C permit.
This will be a short post, as other than our ringing totals there is very little else to report. We ringed 37 birds as follows (recaptures in brackets):
Chaffinch - 13 (1)
Goldfinch - 2
Coal Tit - 3 (3)
Great Tit - 4(4)
Greenfinch - 2
Siskin - 1
Nuthatch - 2
Blue Tit - 10 (7)
Robin - (1)
For most of the morning a Song Thrush was singing from the top of a favoured pine tree, and we also heard some sub-song from a Fieldfare. Two Mistle Thrushes made it a trio of Thrushes. Other calling birds included a Raven, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a couple of Siskins.
I was back at the feeding station yesterday morning in the heavy rain, on my way to a client's farm near Slaidburn, to complete what was quite literally a 'splash and dash'! The feeders were busy with the usual suspects including eleven Chaffinches, at least two Siskins, two Nuthatches and numerous Blue, Great and Coal Tits.
The forecast isn't looking great for this coming weekend, so I'll try and get a ringing session in during the week.