Another new addition to the garden ringing list

We didn't start ringing too early today - we let the first feed of the day go undisturbed as it was another cold night but nowhere near as cold as it had been. There were plenty of birds in the area and it seemed that we've had reasonable survival of our resident birds. The main draw today was the return of the Lesser Redpolls as I have been seeing a few more of late so it was unsurprising that we captured a few new ones today along with the male we trapped a couple of weeks ago.

However, we started at a more genteel pace compared to previous sessions with a steady flow of birds through the garden an into the nets. The first highlight was a couple of young Great Spotted Woodpeckers.

Checking the age of a female Great Spotted Woodpecker from the greater coverts
Female Great Spotted Woodpecker
Male Great Spotted Woodpecker
Next we were delighted to get a Goldcrest and this adult Wren along with the first of several Goldfinches
Wren
And then the Lesser Redpolls started to arrive - mainly youngsters like this one.
Juvenile Lesser Redpoll
Juvenile Lesser Redpoll
And then a garden ringing tick - we trapped four Starlings as they've been coming down to eat the fat recently. Two of them were a devil to get out of the nets
Female and male Starlings

One key feature of today was the number of Robins we caught including some retraps and one from two winters ago. There were also a surprising number of new Blue Tits and that great rarity, a retrap Goldfinch! Also worth noting is that we've trapped 16 Bullfinches this winter so far.

No sign of the Brambling today and the Grey Wagtails continued to evade capture but overall a good mornings catch of 69 birds.

Full grown
Retraps
Total
Great Spotted Woodpecker
2
0
2
Wren
1
0
1
Dunnock
2
0
2
Robin
4
4
8
Blackbird
2
1
3
Goldcrest
1
0
1
Coal Tit
0
3
3
Blue Tit
6
2
8
Great Tit
4
5
9
Starling
4
0
4
Chaffinch
2
2
4
Greenfinch
1
0
1
Goldfinch
11
1
12
Lesser Redpoll
5
1
6
Bullfinch
3
2
5
Total:
48
21
69

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