Siskin movement

This mornings birding was a ringing session in the garden which turned up a few new birds for the winter. We started with a couple of House Sparrows, Chaffinches and a Dunnock but things were rather quiet to say the least.

A single Redpoll taunted us from the top of a tree but a couple of female Siskins ignored us and flew straight into the top net. A little later, a couple of males came to the feeders and one (an adult) obligingly dropped into the net whilst all other birds avoided it (the wind was picking up and it was rather billowing!) Mark had had a few Siskins at his place during the week so there's clearly something going on.
First-winter male Reed Bunting
We trapped a few new Long-tailed Tits as well as re-trapping another three. A final round succeeded in capturing a juvenile male Reed Bunting as well as our only Blue Tit of the morning - a re-trap from a few years ago. Not one Coal or Great Tit came near the trapping area all morning!
First-winter female Bullfinch
I received a message from Kane Brides regarding the Coot on Rishton Reservoir. It was ringed as a young male at the end of 2010 at Southport Marine Lake, was seen at Ormsgill Reservoir at Barrow in August 2011 and at Rishton from late January.


  1. Hi Dave. My mate has a garden in Bangor literally the size of a snooker table and there is a flock of 40+ visiting, at any one time, his feeders and the fallen seed on the ground. A very impressive site and with a regular turn over as Chris Bridge has been ringing there and with 56 ringed so far and looking out, less than half are ringed.

    Fantastic movement in N.Wales! (lets hope you pick up 'our' flock in Rishton!



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