|Many of the Redwings moving over Billinge will winter much further south in France or Spain.|
On Thursday (15th) I was out again as it seemed likely that there would be plenty more thrushes on the move. This time as was joined by David Norman of Merseyside Ringing Group and initially it looked like there would be similar numbers of Redwings for a second day. After a very busy start numbers tailed off quite quickly compared to the previous day with around 1,000 Redwings going through along with 100 or so Fieldfare, a few Blackbirds and another 20 or so Song Thrush.
|The big Fieldfare movements have yet to come.|
|The thrushes attracted the attention of a minimum of 3 Sparrowhawks|
With little change in the weather and the likelihood of more Redwings I was back out again this morning. It was a much quieter than the previous day but at least 500 Redwings went through during the morning. Other sightings included 3 Bramblings with a cracking adult male being caught and a single Crossbill was noted going northeast. Ringing totals for this morning were: Redwing 42; Song Thrush 5; Blackbird 2; Goldcrest 7; Blue Tit 1; Lesser Redpoll 3; Chaffinch 3, Brambling 1. A total of 64 new birds.
|Most of the Song Thrushes that have been caught recently are greyer continental birds like this fine example.|
|They don't get much greyer than this and look very different to the British race clarkei.|
|...and here is an example of the warmer buff and brown British race clarkei for comparison.|
|Finding this adult male Brambling in a net today was a really nice surprise. Only 2 had been heard going over before this one was caught.|