The weather in Autumn has been fairly dreadful. Mick, Dawn and Peter N went to the res on 04/11/20, the day before lockdown II, to make the most of a reasonable forecast. We met up at 0530 and put up nets between Oak and Berries before dawn. Numbers were enough to keep us ticking over. General consensus was that it was a decent morning, despite poor numbers of Redwing and zero Fieldfare. To quote Mick, 'we want just one really good bird' to complete the day.
Peter N ambled down to Mick's ride at 0930 and found four Blue Tits surrounding a decidedly good bird, a nice male Firecrest!
We have had a total of 10 Firecrests since 1998, so it is very much a rarity for us, and always exciting, as well as being a ringing tick for Dawn. We finished the morning with some nice finches, including a control goldfinch. Excellent!
Totals are: Blackbird 2, Blackcap 1, Blue Tit 14, Cetti's Warbler 2, Chaffinch 1, Chiffchaff 2, Greenfinch 7, Goldcrest 7, Goldfinch 8, Lesser Redpoll 3, Redwing 2, Reed Bunting 2 Robin 2, Tree Sparrow 1, Wren 5, Yellowhammer 2
Thanks to Chris H for the photo.