Sunday, 24 February 2013

Brambling a group first but a Siskin twice.......!

Rather a nice surprise to find a Brambling in my garden net this weekend. One had been around the feeders a few weeks ago in the snow but not seen since. This was a new species for the group as they aren't very common this far west.
Even more surprising was that my handy in house photographer came out to take pictures of  the bird in the middle of a rugby match, Wales beating Italy !
Richard was ringing with Karen in his garden today and they were very surprised to catch a second calendar year male Siskin that she had ringed in my garden 10 days previously.
A distance of 3.93 miles between sites, from the Teifi valley up to the hills of the Preselis.
Is his feeding based on random winter wanderings ? 
With 200 Siskin ringed at the two sites in the last 4 weeks, and 2 controls already,  answers are perhaps on the way ....

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