... and more Goldfinches

And Redpolls of course. Another ringing session and the birds were a bit wise to the nets as we tried a new combination. The Goldfinches were still obliging as eight came straight into the nets along with three Lesser Redpolls.

We had a paler Redpoll in the net at one stage but a Blackbird hit the net and dislodged it! That wasn't the only thing that got away as later on in the day, a large female Sparrowhawk got itself caught up - Mark dashed out only for the bird to escape before we were anywhere near it.

Three more Long-tailed Tits got caught but the numbers of other birds were generally down. Robins put in a good show with two new birds and three re-traps. 26 new birds were ringed and eleven controlled mainly from earlier in the year bit a couple from March 2009.

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