Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Black Park Country Park - 25 February 2012

After our last session at this location, when our efforts were impeded by the presence of so many dogs and their owners on their Monday morning walkies, we decided to go back to the heathland area and try our luck there. Reports of possible Dartford Warbler being heard influenced our decision to set up double panels in the middle of the open area, and with assistance from EP we also erected our usual nets adjacent to ditches favoured as drinking areas.

We had begun to catch Lesser Redpoll in the 40 foot net closest to the pool before all nets were up. This was most pleasing since the roving finch flocks had not been particularly noticeable as we set up. As the morning drew on we continued to catch Redpoll which was just as well since other species can few and far between. Retrapped LESRE Y334797, a 5F, had been ringed on 12/02/12 at our garden site approximately 3Km away.

In the late morning a pair of Red Kite were seen displaying overhead as were four Buzzards.

Lesser Redpoll trio

Siskin - 6 male

 Goldcrest - 6 male

 Heathland after Silver Birch clearance

Totals - 38 (1)

Goldcrest - 1
Great Tit - 2
Long Tailed Tit - 1
Lesser Redpoll - 33 (1)
Siskin - 1