We were rained off last weekend, but thankfully the weather was kinder on Saturday, and we (5 members of Sorby Breck Ringing Group), managed to get down to Linacre to carry out a ringing session for the Chesterfield RSPB Group.
We started nice and early at 5.30am, and, over the next 4 hours, managed to catch and ring a total of 65 birds, our highest catch of the year so far. Particularly pleasing was the fact that the majority of the birds caught were juvenile birds, born this year. Totals were (new/retrap): Blue Tit (16/1), Great Tit (11/0), Dunnock (6/1), Bullfinch (5/0), Chaffinch (4/1), Robin (3/0), Blackbird (3/1), Chiffchaff (8/0) and Blackcap (5/0).
As well as the ringing, we also recorded the following birds, flying over the site: Black-headed Gull (14), Lesser Black-backed Gull (6), Swallow (6), Swift (10), House Martin (2), Sparrowhawk (1), Tawny Owl (1 flew out of a tree by the nets), Buzzard (1 by the main entrance on arrival), and Stock Dove (2). Luke had a quick walk around the bottom and middle reservoirs and spotted 4 Grey Herons (highest count of 2016 so far) and 3 Grey Wagtails.