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Garden ringing

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We've spent a good few hours trying to ring the redpolls in my Garden. This morning, I had a flock of ten in the garden first thing that included a definite male Mealy and so Mark Breaks came around with his mum and nets. No sooner had we put them up than the flock re-appeared and six of them went in the net. These were processed and all found to be Lessers - five females and one male (below).
The next batch conincided with Bill's arrival as well as a few other interested parties! These included an interesting individual with a pale head, similar to the one photographed yesterday. This could have been the same bird and turned out to be a Lesser as well - the head pattern somewhat similar with white wing bars. However it looked browner on the back and rump and had buffy flanks.
We managed to catch 32 birds of 11 species in three hours including 10 Blue and 5 Great Tits. I'll now keep an eye out for those birds to try and get some idea of the number of birds using the garde…

Redpolls in the Garden

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I've been getting lots of birds on the garden feeders over the past couple of weeks, most notably, the return of the Redpoll's I had earlier in the year - except now their numbers are increasing. A Maximum of 6 at any one time yesterday increased to ten this morning. But that's not all: The bird on the left below is a probable female Mealy. The firrst image doesn't show how bright the white supercilium and wing-bars are but you can see how grey the head is, especially when compared to the Lesser.
We're going to do some ringing today! This image shows how distinctive the face pattern is.
Anyway, today I've just had a definite male Mealy with a pale pink rump.

A bit of Hartlepool birding

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We had to take Heather up to Peterlee for an exam so whilst we waited for her to finish, we spent a little time down at Hartlepool.


From the Headland I did a quick sea-watch - several Eider, a few Common Scoter as well as a single Brent Goose and a few Red-throated Divers. Just around the corner behind the breakwater, there were several Purple Sandpipers as well as the regular stuff.
There had been a Great-northern Diver in the marina, so we tried for that without luck at first but after a trip to re-fuel, the bird put in an appearance.