Saturday 25 January 2014

Redpolls, Siskins, Redwing - gardens and hills

Early this morning before the winds raged, Wendy caught three Lesser Redpolls. This the first time Wendy has recorded the species for the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch too. Before this autumn Redpolls were rarely ringed by the Group, are they going to become the latest finch to increase in our gardens ?
A finch that has already  invaded our gardens, the Siskin. 12 new for me this morning and only one retrap from last winter, a couple of weeks ago most of my Siskins were ringed, perhaps a passage starting ?
The wind dropped before our wander on to the hills. The few Woodcock we saw were jumpy and most were in stubble crunching underfoot.
This Redwing was a nice find, out of the beam of Karen's light, somehow I managed to see it in the dark !
Skylarks may have moved from the hills recently, Meadow Pipits choosing to stay, two more tonight.
Once tomorrow evening arrives, the worst of the weather will be over.........and a great time to go out !

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