Showing posts from January, 2013

More and more birds in the garden

The snow is on the ground and it's clearly more difficult for birds to find food so the garden feeders have been overwhelmed with birds. There was a flock of at least 50 finches flying around late morning but earlier therre had been around 20 Goldfinches, 30 or so Redpolls as well as lots of Blackbirds and even a couple of Mistle Thrushes on the ground. It's a long time since they've visited the garden to feed.

I must thank the local Whiteheads supermarket for donating a few apples that were past their best. The thushes are loving them.

Nothing much has changed at the Reservoir though with the canal frozen, there are a few more birds there but not as many as I would have expected. Eleven Mute Swans, 22 Tufted Ducks and 24 Coots (including the colour ringed one) showed a slight increase in numbers. Otherwise the Grebes were still present as were the six Cormorants and a few Lapwings. Still not many gulls other than Black-headeds and a few Common Gulls.

Nuthatches continue t…

First control for the garden

For two Sunday's running, Mark and I have been ringing in the garden and managed to trap lots of Lesser Redpolls. Last weekend we got 15 new birds and 3 retraps. Today it was 16 new birds and another three retraps including a bird not ringed here - a 'control'. The first thing I noticed was that the ring was upside down to the way we normally ring (though I have been known to get them wrong!). Mark checked his numbers and we then knew it was someone else's. So we're now looking forward to finding out where it's come from.

Interestingly enough, two of the retraps were adults trapped when we had the Mealy Redpolls here in January 2011 - so into their fourth winter at least.

We also trapped a few Goldfinches and other commoner birds whilst Siskins came down for the first time this year including a tantalising ringed bird that we're sure would have been another 'control'. A pair of Nuthatches fed in the trees but bounced out of the net, only my third ga…