Been a while hasn't it? Well there you go.
It's been a quiet Winter for us, ringing wise, though to be fair it hasn't really felt like a Winter at all. I was out a few weeks ago but it was a low key affair so I didn't get around to blogging it, oh the shame! Anyhow we made it out this morning.
Here's a photo of some vagrant boy ringing assistant that accompanied me on my last last visit here in January, rather pleased to be handling this specimen.
|TBL with a GRSWO|
The weather was a dull affair today but the dogs and the fire in the beaters cabin were as welcoming as ever at Woodnook, oh and last but not least Neil of course! Accompanied this morning on his rounds by a charming little addition to the pack, young Mildred the Labrador. We admit it, we're suckers for puppies, and she's one cute bitch!
Neils feeders have not been hammered as much this year as they have in previous ones, we expect that this is due to the relative mildness. There are lots of birds about in the fields, the cover crops and hedgerows are buzzing. It was still busy enough for the two of us though yet allowing time for a few sit downs by the fire, where we discussed world politics (listened to Rother FM) and chewed the cud (ALDI chocolate). I don't know what it is that I like about ALDI because in general I hate supermarkets, they repulse me, but ALDI doesn't irritate me in the way that all the others do. Maybe it's the randomness, the value and the relaxed atmosphere. Yes, I will take that slightly damaged Christmas themed ginger bread house, a thermal cycling shirt, the sewing kit in a bird art tin and the assorted drill bits please!
It was clear from the off that the finches we were wanting today weren't around in numbers, though typically we had reports of 'loads' of finches a few days before. It was definitely going to be a Blue Tit kind of day, challenging but we soldiered on! No surprises ensued but a single Treecreeper should be enough to put a smile on anybodys face. A couple of new Nuthatches added to the variety and last but not least a couple of Siskins were caught, something that I very much enjoy. I think that they are becoming a favourite of mine, they give me pleasure anyway. I heart them!
|Male Siskin, (Carduelis spinus)|
|The black cap is a prominent feature of male Siskins.|
Totals fo't day: new/retrap
02/01 Long-tailed Tit - this little fellas has been caught just once each winter for the last three years.
23/03 Blue Tit
03/01 Great Tit
02/00 Siskin (yay!)
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