I put up the usual two nets and set up two mp3 lures, one playing Goldcrest and the other playing Redpoll. On the first round of the nets I was delighted to find 2 Bramblings in the catch; a good start to what became a very productive morning.
|adult male Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)|
The feed had clearly attracted a good number of birds especially Greenfinches with a total of 30 being ringed. Chaffinches were surprisingly scarce with only 2 caught and outnumbered by the final total of 5 Brambling ringed. The Goldcrest lure produced the goods with 10 new birds and the Redpoll lure pulled in 3 Lessers.
|first winter male Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris)|
|Adult male Greenfinch showing the key ageing features - clean yellow outer webs of alula with pearly grey tips, pearly grey tips to all of the primary coverts and rounded tail shape, all primaries and tail feathers are fresh.|
Greenfinch 30Brambling 5
Lesser Redpoll 3
Great Tit 10
Blue Tit 6 (+4)
Coal Tit 0 (+2)
Dunnock 1 (+1)
Blackbird 1 (+1)
Total 70 (+8 retraps)