Thursday 2nd November 2017

A calm evening with only partial cloud cover saw to it that there was little reason for migrants to drop into South Milton overnight and, after the first frost of the autumn had thawed, net rounds were slow and steady today. The first two birds trapped were Firecrests and these turned out to be the highlight.

49 new birds were ringed including 4 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Firecrest, 7 Goldcrest, 19 Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch and 1 Reed Bunting. Retraps included two Chiffchaffs, both returning for their second winter in the reserve, a female Cetti’s warbler and a Chiffchaff control with a UK ring.

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