Friday, 6 January 2012

Velator

First opportunity to put up some nets after all the stormy weather of late. Rewarded with a hatful of Finches (mostly Green) and the first Chiffchaff and Blackcap of the year. Later on caught another of each which were ringed late last year. Unfortunately the female Sparrowhawk got out of the net before I got to it, and there was no sign of the Green Woodpecker that was chasing me around the reserve for a couple of hours yesterday!
At one point a female Kestrel sat in a tree a few yards from the ringing base, but also avoided all the nets!
The totals for last year were 1655 birds ringed of 42 species.