With the mild weather continuing and with no sign of significant flocks to tempt us, attention turned to stocking feeders to supplement the main sites with the resultant increase in Blue and Great Tits.
|3M Firecrest (Carl Hunter Roach)|
445 new birds were ringed (194 Runnymede RG; 251 Maple Cross RG) but they did represent 38 species.
52 Starlings were ringed in two gardens and 32 Goldfinch, mostly from
Milton Keynes. 22
Goldcrest were widespread but a Firecrest at Woolley Firs was on its own.
Thrushes were well represented with a rare capture of 2 Mistle Thrush (Chobham and Woolley Firs), 5 Fieldfare (Willows), 8 Redwing (Hilfield), 14 Blackbird and a Song Thrush. A
Warbler, 7 Blackcap and 9 Chiffchaff were ringed and there was a returning
Chiffchaff at Bedfont.
6 Lesser Redpoll were all from Chobham; there were 7 more Yellowhammer from Willows, a total of 8 Reed Buntings (7 at Chobham) and a Carrion Crow from Eastcote - an unusual one for the groups' species list.