Monday, 27 December 2010

In the snow at Cardington

Though today started out with snow still on the ground, hard and icy, a thaw has at last set in. Temperatures reached 3 degrees Centrigrade by 1pm.

Small numbers of Fieldfares were around the area, a Buzzard flew over, two Marsh Tits were in the bushes. There seemed to be fewer Blue and Great Tits around, which was reflected in the ringing totals.

Between 10:30am and 1:50pm, 13 new birds and 11 retraps (shown in brackets below) were caught:

  • Blue Tit 2 (1)
  • Bullfinch 1
  • Goldfinch 4 (1)
  • Greenfinch 2
  • Long-tailed Tit 1 (4)
  • Marsh Tit 1
  • Robin 1 (1)
  • Song Thrush 1
  • Dunnock (3)
  • Great-spotted Woodpecker (1)

The female Bullfinch (see left) was only the 2nd ringed at the site this year (the first being ringed in May).

The retrap Great-spotted Woodpecker was first ringed on 30th October.

It was good to actually retrap a Goldfinch at last - this was the first bird retrapped, with a total of 27 now having been ringed so far this year.

Lastly, the Marsh Tit (see left) was the 2nd ringed at the site so far this year.

1 comment:

Phil said...

You lucky chaps getting out ringing. Now we have fog for 2 days. Good luck in 2011