Monday, 11 February 2013

More Garden Redpolls

An early window of opportunity on Sunday morning in a day of otherwise unfavourable weather saw the capture of another five Lesser Redpolls in the Lound back garden. Given that the garden is only marginally large enough to accommodate a 30' mist net and that this is the first winter that Redpolls have visited then to catch five is a real treat but discovering that one was already ringed and that it wasn't mine, was particularly special as it makes this bird my first garden control. It will be interesting to find out where L526502 has come from.

Lesser Redpolls - adult male control (left), 5 male (right)

Male Lesser Redpoll

This morning (Monday), a pair of Siskins - another garden first! - were seen checking out the Nyger feeder and will hopefully be back when the wind has dropped.

On Saturday only four birds were caught but a Great Tit had an interestingly deformed bill.

Great Tit showing curiously deformed bill

Saturday Totals - 3 news, (1) retrap
Robin - 1
Blackbird - (1)
Great Tit - 1
Starling - 1

Sunday Totals - 7 new, (1) control
Dunnock - 1
Blackbird - 1
Blue Tit - 1
Lesser Redpoll - 4, (1 control)

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