Saturday 4 December 2010

Chobham Common - 4 Dec 2010

A visit with Denise on our own. The aim was Redpolls, the group on two previous visits has done 100+ on each visit and a total of 11 Common Redpolls. It was thawing quickly and the ringing area being on the edge of a bog, was boggier than ever and really knackering to work in. Got totally soaked through. Unfortunately birds were slow - 4, but there was on group of 60 Redpolls that came in, odd groups of 10 or so and small groups of 3-5. A group of 20 or so Reed Buntings feeding in the area and also possibly heard a Dartford - sound like one, though it was over the other side of the valley so may have been hallucinating. Of the 4 birds caught 3 were Redpolls and the first extract was a Common, which bearing in mind the number caught was quite impressive.

Common Redpoll - 1
Lesser Redpoll - 2
Blue Tit - 1

Common Redpoll - 3 (and two below)

Lesser Redpoll - 3 (and below for comparison)