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A quiet start to the New Year, with Dave Riley on No1 bed on the Friday morning, catching 30 birds, with 13 new, including a Lesser Redpoll, while the team on No3 bed were concentrating mainly on ride and nest box maintenance, but had the opportunity to put a couple of nets up, catching 31 birds, with six new, including a Linnet, a good start to the year, considering they did not catch any during 2011.
Sightings included good numbers of wildfowl on No2 bed, a Woodcock on Butchersfield, six Linnets, two Buzzards and a Woodcock on No3 bed.
Dave Riley was on No1 bed on the Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday (joined by Ron Brumby on the Saturday), catching a total of 83 birds, 44 new, amongst the retraps were two visitors from No3 bed, a Chaffinch and a Greenfinch. Greenfinches in particular are using the feeding station in reasonable numbers, with 24 ringed along with seven Chaffinches.
Mike Miles was on No3 bed on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (joined by Kieran, Margaret and Jason on the latter day), catching a total of 123 birds, 60 new, including 26 Greenfinches, seven Reed Buntings and a Linnet, their second of the year after catching none during 2011.
Sightings included: No1 bed, Chiffchaff and Goldcrest (10th), 28 Lapwings (14th), 20 Lapwings and 1 Green Woodpecker (15th)
No 3 bed, 2 Snipe (11th), 1 Ruddy Duck and 30 Linnets (13th), 1 Tawny Owl and 2 Shelduck (14th).
As a result of the strong winds, there was no ringing on No1 bed this week, and just two birds caught on No3 bed, both female Tawny Owls, last years bird and a new one, caught while checking nest boxes. The only sighting of note in the strong winds, was five Mute Swans.
Dave Riley was ringing on No1 bed on the Saturday, catching 39 birds, 18 new, including the first Willow Tit of the year for the bed, along with six Reed Buntings, amongst the retraps was a Greenfinch, originally ringed in Phil Guest”s garden at Birchwood. Sighings from the bed included three Snipe and four Redwing.
Mike Miles managed to put a couple of sheltered nets up on the Friday afternoon, catching eight birds, including their first Woodpigeon of the year, while on the Saturday morning he was joined by Kieran, Lisa and Jason, when, in near perfect conditions, they caught 97 birds, 54 new, including their first Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldfinch, Lesser Redpoll and Willow Tit of the year, three new Linnets was also an excellent catch. Sightings on the bed included 10 Redshanks, circling over the bed (the biggest flock for a number of years), Water Rail, Greylag Goose, 30 Linnets and 20 Lesser Redpolls.