Duncan, Gary and I netted the feeding site this morning. The last couple of visits have produced very few birds despite the hoppers being emptied of seed quickly. We discovered by removing nets and watching the feeders there are plenty of birds coming in but as soon as nets are erected the ‘openness’ of the site makes the nets too visible and puts the birds off. This proved to be the same this morning.
The weather was good but birds
caught were few, despite plenty of Yellowhammer and Reed Bunting coming in as
soon as the nets were down. Weather permitting the next visit will see whoosh
nets being deployed! We ended with 18 birds including 5 retraps made up of
(new/retrap): Song Thrush 1/0, Wren 1/1, Long-tailed Tit 1/0, Goldcrest 1/0,
Chaffinch 1/0, Yellowhammer 5/4, Reed Bunting 3/0. The oldest retraps were from