Friday, 10 January 2014

Home Cottage Farm, Iver Heath - 10 January 2014

An early start to make the most of the thrushes and calm conditions.  PD, MRB and Margaret joined up with us and nets were placed in three separate orchards with a couple of extras near our base.
There seemed to have been a change in the numbers of birds with fewer Fieldfare about but increased numbers of Redwing.

The first round yielded some of our target species and a young Sparrowhawk.

 Adult Redwing

 Song Thrush - aged 5

5M Sparrowhawk

The next round brought more thrushes to the ringing table including a rather smart male Fieldfare.

6M Fieldfare

Then a small tit flock found one of the doubles and we got some Blue and Great Tits. These included  some retraps but none were particularly old. A Treecreeper was the most interesting individual of the group.

Treecreeper aged 4

The birds trickled in with more Redwing, Fieldfare and a couple of Blackbirds.

Adult Redwing

 The remains of a Sparrowhawk kill (perhaps of the female ringed at the
end of  December as a Fieldfare would be rather large for a male bird
such as that ringed today).

Unusual light effect - not a rainbow and the sun was just 
out of shot to the right.

The morning had quietened down substantially by 11am so we packed up early - but will try again tomorrow when a heavier frost is expected. Thanks to the owners of HCF for allowing us access and to those who joined our team today.

Totals: 28 (9)

Sparrowhawk - 1
Blackbird - 2
Fieldfare - 6
Redwing - 11
Song Thrush - 1
Blue Tit - 2 (5)
Great Tit - 3 (4)
Treecreeper - 1
Chaffinch - 1