Sunday, 21 October 2012

21st October

With westerly winds and clear skies over night, there was no expectations on today.  The first net round produced NO birds.  However this didnt continue as we trapped the first fieldfare ringed for the autumn at Whitburn.  By mid afternoon the tits and finches started to arrive and we started catching ok.  In the end it was the highest ringing total for this season with 77 birds of 15 species.  A further 2 great spotted woodpeckers were trapped and ringed bringing our total to 11 this year.  A jay was observed in the Whitburn coastal park however it did not make it into one of the mist nets.  The barred warbler remained in the bushes over the road from the lighthouse entrance, though was elusive for most of the day.  A snow bunting was observed mid-morning around the coastal park.

Ringing totals were 77 birds including 14 lesser redpoll, 11 coal tit, 10 greenfinch, 9 blue tit, 7 long-tailed tit, 6 great tit, 5 chaffinch, 4 goldfinch, 3 goldcrest, 2 great-spotted woodpecker, 2 blackbird and singles of robin, dunnock, tree sparrow and brambling.

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