Ringing: December 2017
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For the second time the forecast of cloud and/or thick fog did not apply and although it was a very frosty start it was a glorious, calm, sunny day. Good conditions for ringing and 49 birds were processed. This included 22 new birds. The variety was good with five Blackbirds ( +4 retraps),four Chaffinches ( +3 retraps), three Yellowhammers ( +2 retraps), a Fieldfare, a Redwing, a Brambling and a retrap Chiffchaff of note.
Well it has been a while since wind, rain and personnel have stacked up to allow ringing. Today early non-forecast drizzle was overcome to allow eight new birds and seven retraps to be processed. Two Redwings and yet another new Chiffchaff were the best of the bunch.
A calm start meant the light frost did not deter us from rising early to get ringing. It was worth it with 31 birds ringed, plus 15 retraps. Thrushes led the way with 20 Blackbirds, three Song Thrushes and two Redwing. One of the ringed Chiffchaffs is still hanging around.
Yesterday during another successful work party we noted there were plenty of groups of black aphids on the willow trunks and these are presumably fuelling these overwinterers.
Wind and showers prevented any ringing. Amongst a small group of recoveries there was one interesting one involving a House Martin. It was ringed here on 9th August 2016 as a juvenile and caught as an adult female on 6th August this year in Bedfordshire.