Friday, 17 January 2014

Chobham Common - 14 January 2014

A visit to the south side with EP and Richard Cope, during which it soon become evident that the birds were in short supply. A 40/60 dogleg was set with Redpoll tape playing, plus two parallel 19mesh 60s set for Redwing, playing Redwing :), a single 60 and two 40 double panels for Dartfords. We had two quick Lesser Redpolls, but then nothing. There were no Thrushes going over at all, let alone responding to the tape, plus the Dartfords failed to appear, so with the only addition being a Goldcrest, we were packed up by 10am. We then set off around the common to try and find Dartfords as part of the monitoring that the RG do at this site, and eventually came across at least seven, plus three Stonechats at least. We manged to trap two un-rung Dartfords, both males, a 6 (adult) and 5 (last years juvenile), and also lost two through holes in the net.

Dartford Warbler (6 and 5 males)

Totals: 5

Dartford Warbler - 2
Goldcrest - 1
Lesser Redpoll - 2