Saturday, 11 January 2014

First Linacre ringing session- 11th January 2014

I arrived at Linacre at 7am this morning to meet up with my ringing trainer and 2 other members of the Sorby Breck Ringing Group to carry out our first Linacre ringing session of the year. On arrival we heard Tawny Owls calling in the surrounding woodlands.

Our aim was to set the nets while it was dark, and ring some Crossbills as they left their roost site. Unfortunately, the plan didn't come together and we didn't see any Crossbills at all, never mind ring any!! We did, however, manage to hear a Green Woodpecker (year tick), and catch a couple of new Goldfinches, a few Blue and Great Tits, a female Bullfinch and 1 Robin, but within an hour it began to rain, the wind picked up and so we decided to call it a day.

My nephew had come down as well, so when the rain cleared up, we decided to have a quick walk around the middle and top reservoirs. I'm glad we did, because, we managed to see a lovely flock of about 20 Crossbills(!), a couple of "red-head" Goosanders, 135 Mallards, 56 Tufted Ducks, 35 Mandarin Ducks, 1 Little Grebe, 56 Black-headed Gulls, 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 Moorhens and  9 Coots.

Year List update:

76 – Crossbill
77 – Green Woodpecker
78 – Grey Wagtail
79 – Goosander

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