Sunday, 1 February 2009
First Session at The Woodens
The first ringing session at The Woodens started in style with a total of 118 caught, 115 ringed, 3 controls. It started cold, and stayed cold for the duration of the day, with the nets up just after dawn, the strong easterly limiting us to just four nets at the newly-established feeding stations.
The first net round brought a decent tit-flock, mainly Blue Tits, Great Tits and Long-tailed Tits and optimism was high when I saw a flock of twenty-or-so Siskins feeding on the Alder cones.
Through the morning the Father went to speak with Our Father, and what ever they talked about must have paid off because I was plodding my way through a flock of thirty-or-so Long-tailed at the Alder station. A few Goldfinches, Goldcrest, Chaffinch and Treecreepers threw themselves into the mix and I was starting to feel quite pleased for myself. A Jay made a noisy appearance at the Northern station by the time the Father came back with breakfast, courtesy of the Mothership!
The flock of Long-tails threw up two controls, one of which I had ringed with my Dad at Ince Blundell on 9th October 2005! (Prompting rumours that I had kept it in my pocket the whole time!)
As the afternoon drew on we got our first Siskin of the year much to our delight, a colourful male, in amongst a small group of Goldfinches and a controlled Chaffinch.
Right at the end, as we were taking down the nets and as the first snowflakes began to fall...we got a Great-spotted Woodpecker, we'd heard her all morning and she found her way into the Northern station.
Observations of interest: Three Buzzards performing aerial acrobatics and a Kingfisher flying down the west drain.
Long-tailed Tit: 49 (2)
Blue Tit: 26
Great Tit: 14
Chaffinch: 4 (1)
Great-spotted Woodpecker: 1
Coal Tit: 1