Saturday 7th December 2019 – Back again!

1st year, male Firecrest

A second back injury in 10 months has kept me virtually confined to the house for the last couple of weeks. All very frustrating as a couple of perfect ringing days passed by and other birders phoned up to tell me the Ley was “awash with Chiffchaffs” with possible sightings of Yellow-browed Warbler and Siberian Chiffchaff as well. With today looking like the only opportunity to ring for the next week, I bit the bullet and made my way to South Milton. In the event, I only erected the three nets closest to the ringing station as every step to the reed bed rides sent a jolt up my spine and the recent high water levels have stripped away some of the chicken wire on the bridge rendering the boards extremely slippery.

Adult, female Bullfinch

Consequently, numbers ringed were lower than usual with 30 birds processed: 1 Blackbird, 5 Blue Tit, 1 Bullfinch, 14 Chiffchaff, 4 Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Redwing and 1 Wren. The Redwing was the first of the winter and was lured into a net using a tape known in ringing circles as “The Latvian love song”, which seems to have some sort of fatal attraction for the species.

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