Friday, 1 April 2011

1st April

The first day of April, and of the new rotational census regime, produced fewer birds than was hoped for. At least 9 Redwings were at Holland, but the Yellowhammer, a Grey Wagtail, 2 Wheatears, a Robin, 4 Dunnocks, a Song Thrush, a Fieldfare, a Chiffchaff, the Greenfinch, 2 Siskins, 5 Chaffinches and 4 Lapland Buntings were probably mostly residue from earlier in the week.

The Yellowhammer was trapped in the morning. In-hand examination of the crown feathers confirmed that it is a male; the ageing was not quite so definite, although we suspect it to be an adult bird.


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