This morning the pair of Stonechat re-appeared in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton and nearby another pair of Stonechat and a Short-eared Owl were in the southern-most field at Blueberry Farm, Maidwell.
Also this morning a single mist net was enough to catch 65 small woodland birds at Scotland Wood on the Kelmarsh Estate. The total comprised of 17 Blue Tits, 14 Coal Tits, 8 Great Tits, 6 Marsh Tits, a Willow Tit, 4 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Nuthatches, a Wren, 2 Dunnocks, 3 Robins, 3 Goldcrests, 2 Chaffinches and 2 Lesser Redpolls. Just less than half of these birds were re-traps from the previous winter with some of the tits being 3-4 years old. Other birds noted in the wood included half a dozen Siskins and a Woodcock.
A brief foray in to Harlestone Heath this afternoon yielded some fifty mobile Siskins and a few redpoll sp.
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