We were ringing from 6.45am until 5.30pm, we caught 116 birds including 4 retraps - not bad at all!
We caught a gint of goldcrests and a hod of robins too, we caught nothing unusual or even scarce and we were so busy ringing I didn't even have time for any birding between net-rounds. Best birds of the day were pied flycatcher, garden warbler, meadow pipit and two blackcaps.
|nice bright male siskin|
We failed to catch yesterdays barred warbler or 'dark phyllosc'
Between net rounds, a skein of c800 pink-foooted geese flew south at dawn and for the first three hours there was a steady stream, of skylarks moving through, maybe 30-40 per hour. A nice male brambling was on the short grass near the dunes and a kestrel, mobbed by ten pipits and wagtails was hunting in the dunes.
robin 28 + 2 retraps
blackbird 3 + 1 retrap
blue tit 9
meadow pipit 1
long-tailed tit 5
garden warbler 1
song thrush 3
pied flycatcher 1
wren 3 + retrap
A year to the day, Tom Cadwallender, Neil Anderson and myself caught this little beauty at Druridge...