Friday, 20 February 2009

Two different days

Thursday it was Carlton (DTH's garden actually). 18 birds, all new, as follows.

Robin 5 with one looking like a continental jobbie, Blackbird 5 of the many around the village which is surrounded by farmland, Blue Tit 3, Chaffinch 4 of which 3 were 'ladies' & a lone Treecreeper.
A Jackdaw escaped our clutches when it was approached on the "wrong" side of the net.

We had hoped to catch a few coming down to brown bread and cranberries, but nothing transpired; it did give us a bit of practice with the 'whoosh' net (very fast!). The farmer next door had the grain dryer going and lorries in and out. Too much activity?

On several occasions, a pair of Buzzards drifted over, giving good views

Friday was back to tradition - the feeding station at Priory. The squirrels soon appreciated the containers being filled again. It must be in their stars!
An impressive list of 21 retraps and 6 new birds - 1 scruffy Blackbird, 4 mixed age Blue Tits & a big, juv male Chaffinch.
The retraps were 1 Blabi, 7 Bluti, 8 Greti, 2 Lotti, 2 Dunno & 1 Robin. One of the Great Tits was ringed as a pullus and is now over 2100 days old, our 3rd oldest ever.

Good to see Mr Reed doing some passerines instead of 10kg 'lumps'.
Pics by David Howes (newest trainee)

See also PCP blog for Fri/Sat. (Errol)

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