Thursday, 12 February 2015

Mist net surprises!


Chris Payne and Kim Robinson were ringing at Bradden again today and witnessed a Great Tit inspecting a nest-box erected only a few days ago. They caught about thirty birds which included a Blue Tit first ringed at Astcote in December 2013. A male Goldcrest was the highlight of the session but it would have been the Common Buzzard that was found in a 60' net, but unfortunately the raptor flapped it's way to freedom prior to the ringers reaching it.

News came through today of a Goldfinch first ringed at Astcote in February 2014, which was then found dead in October 2014 as far north as Cumbria. There is a general acceptance that many Goldfinches that breed in north England and Scotland then winter no further south than the southern half of England where there are now plenty of supplementary garden feeders, and this recovery may well help to support this theory.


Neil M
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