The return of the Redpolls

At least 12 Redpolls have been on the Nyger seed feeders today; five on each feeder at one time - five of the birds ringed and five unringed. Then, later in the afternoon whilst watching a 1st winter male and adult male Reed Buntings stocking up as seeds were being revealed by the retreating snow, a couple of Redpolls came into the small feeder. These had very white wing-bars, were white underneath and one seemed to have a very white rump.

All the birds were soon spooked by the second Sparrowhawk visit of the day but soon birds were back - apart from those two Redpolls. Plenty of Chaffinches now as well as a couple of Long-tailed Tits, one of which has a ring on it (we've only rung one in my garden and that was last winter).

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