Redpolls present catching just 15. One of which was a retrap from the previous winter ringed here on 1st February 2011 which shows winter site fidelity. Other highlights were two male Chaffinch probably of a more northern origin, four Redwing and two continental male Blackbirds (below).
|note thin yellow orbital ring and dark bill|
|note grey scalloped edges to breast and belly feasthers|
VAGRANT EMPEROR!!! Although there have been a number of sightings this year there have only been about 20 records for Britain prior of this Mediterranean species (below).
|note whitish frons and brown eyes|
|note sitting position and yellow blotch within wing|
To finish, I had a short session in my garden this morning catching 53 new birds including a Coal Tit, 11 Goldfinch, a Treecreeper and four Dunnock.
Birds ringed (not including Rye Bay):
Robin - 2
Redpoll - 14
Chaffinch - 5
Blue Tit - 28
Coal Tit - 1
Goldfinch - 11
Great Tit - 3
Dunnock - 4
Wren - 1
Goldcrest - 6
Treecreeper - 1
Greenfinch - 2
Redwing - 4
Blackbird - 2
Woodcock - 1