Headlines:Last Saturday I found
the first reasonable flock of Redpoll on Sandleford Heath not far from the
Western Enclosure. I was going to try there later in the week just to see what
was there. As it was forecast to get windy from tonight I decided to go today
with not much expectation. The scrub clearance I organised makes the enclosure look very bare.
I put up the basic three nets and put
the redpoll/siskin audio on. I had hardly turned my back when about, 15
redpoll dropped out of the sky. For the next hour they kept returning before
flying off. Eight captured was better than anticipated. Thought I would try
crest song since we were not in their nesting habitat. They do winter in the
gorse scrub. Just one Goldcrest captured and a Coal Tit, one of two flying
across the heath. It then went quiet but I decided to stay until 11:00hrs as it was a pleasant day and
I reverted to redpoll/siskin calls. After a while three or four took an
interested and two buzzed the nets several time, perching on the top shelf and
guy ropes. Finally just before I took the nets down at 11:00hrs one went in. Quite gratifying (DL) to stick with what we thought with the re-trap
and find we agreed with when the bird was ringed.
Weather: Overcast, slight
breeze early, clearing to warm sunshine and calm later
Nets:48metres in three
rides of 18M, 18M, 12M up from 07:45 to 11:00hrs
Lure (audio):Lesser Redpoll/Siskin
calls and crest calls intermittently.
Recaptures:A Lesser Redpoll
ringed 13-Nov-2016 at Brimpton GPs 122days ago
1st calender year Lesser Redpoll
Close up of the red poll; I think poll is an old English word for head or cap
Sightings 26 Species:a few Chiffchaff
singing, the only summer migrant. Most resident species in song. No Blue
Tits heard or seen and I did look for them. Stonechats and Woodlark active;
there may have been two pairs of the former.