Monday 12 December 2022

Stanhoe Orchard- 12th December 2022

 Our first outing to the orchard this winter. We were surprised to hear so many Redwing at the site, there having been none at all last winter. Blackbird numbers were also good, and a large flock of Fieldfare right down the bottom of the orchard away from our netting area.

We noticed that there seemed to be plenty of windfalls, even some fruit still on the frosty boughs.

We put up three triples and were soon catching. Today we were joined by DKH and FB, both licenced to catch and monitor various seabirds, but relatively new to mist netting. 

4M Fieldfare

A number of Norfolk varieties attract many winter birds to this orchard

3M Brambling

A good number of thrush species provided some comfortably sized birds for FBs diversification into mist netting with a few smaller (fiddly compared to auks) species, allowing more development.

Totals: 62

Robin - 4
Blackbird - 16
Fieldfare - 4
Redwing - 22
Blue Tit - 2
Great Tit - 2
Greenfinch - 3
Brambling - 4
Chaffinch - 2
Goldfinch - 3