Sunday, 23 January 2011

23rd January 2011 - Seven New Species for the Year

I did three netting sessions this week with very mixed results catching a total of 38 new birds. A session in my garden was the most numerous with 28 new birds with highlights being the first Woodpigeon (below), Blackbird and Great-spotted Woodpecker, while four new Coal Tits was a day record here. Retraps included three Treecreepers (two from 2010 and one from 2009).
A two hour session before work in the Rhodi Wood at Leith Hill was disappointing producing just two birds, a Long-tailed Tit (new for the year - below) and a Blue Tit!
The last session was before work this morning on Duke's Warren at Leith Hill and although only eight birds were caught this included six Redpoll of which one was a fantastic Meally Redpoll (below).
The day finished with a quick visit to a new site, Willow Green pond at Holmwood Common, where I managed to catch the seventh new species, a pair of Mallard coming to bread.
Birds ringed:
Blue Tit - 13
Great Tit - 4
Chaffinch - 1
Coal Tit - 4
Goldfinch - 1
Robin - 1
Lesser Redpoll - 5
Meally Redpoll - 1
Long-tailed Tit - 1
Goldcest - 1
Blackbird - 2
Great Spotted Woodpecker - 1
Woodpigeon - 1
Mallard - 2

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