Monday, 9 January 2017

Mullock Bridge yesterday

We did a small ringing session yesterday and processed exactly 100 birds - a lot of Chaffinch and Long Tailed Tits along with the usual Blue and Great tits but a few Goldcrest and a splendid male Firecrest (first bird of the day)Perhaps the biggest surprise was as Yellow-browed Warbler caught just before 1100hrs - I don't think there has been one on the blog since October - presumably wintering in the conifer copse.
A few of the recent ringing sessions have recorded a large proportion of adult birds compared with previous years - possibly indicative of a generally poor breeding season in 2016 but maybe the adults survived well last year OR the cold spell in November clobbered the young birds.