Monday, 30 December 2013

Home Cottage Farm, Iver Heath - 29 December 2013

Today's session in theory looked a good one, heavy frost, lots of Redwing, and a few Fieldfare had been going over the house for the last week or so, but upon setting up at first light we flushed around 50 or so Fieldfare out of the orchard, which had the feeling of not boding well, and it did not, as they did not come down again in this particular orchard, with 50-100 seen feeding in the other adjacent orchards. Despite having the Redwing tape playing it only pulled one in, plus later a female Sparrowhawk, with the only other bird caught being a single Blackbird. So in all, a rather frustrating day, with lots of Fieldfare around, none coming into the orchard where we had set up. One thing that might have helped is setting up the night before and opening the nets half an hour before dawn, which might give one decent catch, though probably just the one, but that would be better result than the one we had.

Sparrowhawk - 3 female

Redwing - 3

Totals: 3

Sparrowhawk - 1
Blackbird - 1
Redwing - 1