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Redpolls in extra time including an Arctic

søndag 4. november 2018
Weather conditions keep birds in the area into the afternoon and tape lures do the trick.
af Denise LAMSDELL

Today was a little windier and colder than the last few days. The morning was a slow but as cloud built up, birds began coming through in the late morning. After standard ringing we were able to play audio lures and attracted in quite a lot of Redpoll. One bird was a good candidate for Arctic Redpoll, although the first year female was only confirmed via photographs sent to Hugh Harrap who we know has experience of the species in the hand.

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Hvidsisken / Arctic Redpoll 1K hun

Other highlights of the day, more Northern Long-tailed Tits and some Northern Bullfinch. Also a Swedish ringed Blue Tit.

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The weather forecasts a few days of low wind and we'll see whether that encourages birds here or sends them straight overhead on to Germany.

 Ringing Totals: 205 (14)

Spurvhøge / Sparrowhawk - 1
Engpiber / Meadow Pipit - 3
Gærdesmutte / Wren – 0 (1)
Jernspurv / Dunnock - 1
Rødhals / Robin –  2 (3)
Solsort / Blackbird – 2 (2)
Vindrossel / Redwing - 1
Gransanger / Chiffchaff - 1
Fuglekonge / Goldcrest–  4 (4)
Halemejse / Northern Long-tailed Tit - 5
Blåmejse / Blue Tit - 8 (3)
Musvit / Great Tit – 1
Nordlig Træløber / Treecreeper – 0 (1)
Kværkefinke / Brambling - 4
Grønsisken / Siskin - 4
Hvidsisken / Arctic Redpoll - 1
Gråsisken / Mealy Redpoll – 129
Lille Gråsisken / Lesser Redpoll – 28
Stor Dompap / Northern Bullfinch - 5
Dompap / Western Bullfinch - 4
Gulspurv / Yellowhammer - 1