Saturday, 3 December 2016

Wraysbury GP - 2nd December 2016

After a couple of days with rather harsh frosts, we tried for thrushes amongst the berry bushes on C4.
There were a lot of birds first thing and it was clear that more birds roost there than remain to feed in the immediate area. We know that they also frequent the pony field, foraging on the ground, but with the ground quite hard they were more likely to turn to the berry crop rather than invertebrate food. As it happened there was no frost today, but the ground was still quite hard.

Our most numerous capture was Redwing.

Redwing, age 3

Adult and juvenile type greater coverts

We also caught a young male Sparrowhawk.

 Male Sparrowhawk, age 3

Song Thrush

An interesting retrap was Chiffchaff JRV022, only ringed three days ago, at Stanwell Moor, about a kilometre away.

Total: 26 (8)

Sparrowhawk - 1
Robin - 4 (2)
Blackbird - 1 (1)
Song Thrush - 1
Redwing - 13
Chiffchaff - 1 (1)
Goldcrest - 3
Long-tailed Tit - 1 (3)
Blue Tit - 1 (1)