Although we were listening out for Redpolls we couldn't help hearing 2 Blackcaps that were singing close by, another first for this spring, and Chiffchaffs were clearly more plentiful. However, it wasn't long before we heard the distinctive nasal buzzing calls of approaching Redpolls amongst the cacophony of the dawn chorus. Initially the birds settled in the tops of sallows and started to feed on the flowering buds but it wasn't long before they worked their way down to the nyger feeders. The first round of the nets produced 10 Redpolls comprised of 8 Lessers and 2 Mealies which more than met our expectations, especially the Mealies. Redpolls are a group that really interest me and although I don't have a favourite species of bird Mealy would probably be a top contender.
|This 'puff ball' of a Mealy was quite fat and weighed in at a fairly hefty 15.5g but it could get close to 20g before it heads back to its northern breeding grounds.|
|The other Mealy was a slightly frostier looking individual and weighed in at a leaner 12.4g.|
|The 'double take' Chiffchaff|
|What a super supercilium this bird has.|
Totals for 01/04/13 with retraps in brackets.
Lesser Redpoll 11 (9)
Mealy (Common) Redpoll 2
Reed Bunting 1
Blue Tit (1)