Just a quick posting about this mornings visit to Leith Hill which was cut short due to the large number of birds present. As I put up the two nets just prior to first light I was not expecting to have finished after the first net round!
On returning to the nets they had been swarmed mainly by Redpolls and Goldcrests and just shy of 100 birds were caught! Myself and helper Colin set to work extracting and closing the nets as we went and in the end we caught 94 birds. This included 71 Redpoll including one retrap from 14th Oct and 16 Goldcrest including a British control DHC979.
This part of Leith Hill was absolutely alive with birds with sightings including c200 Redpoll, c100 Siskin, c100 Crossbill, 10 Meadow Pipit, 1 Wheatear, 5 Skylark, 50+ Goldcrest, c100 Redwing and 2 Fieldfare.
Birds ringed (retraps/controls):
Redpoll - 70 (1)
Great Tit - 1
Chaffinch - 1
Blue Tit - 3
Siskin - (1)
Goldcrest - 15 (1)
Long-tailed Tit - 1 (1)