This morning was perfect weather for ringing so we started off on the Goss Moor and although there weren't many birds around a nice variety ended up in the nets during the morning. My favorites being 9 Bullfinches , 1 Willow Tit , 1 Treecreeper, 1 Song Thrush and 1 Reed Bunting . Whilst we also saw a Woodcock and heard a drumming Green Woodpecker.
In the afternoon we headed over to the farmland behind my house in Gluvian and after a slow start this stunning female Sparrowhawk crashed into the net! It was such a surprise to finally see this common yet beautiful bird up close , just check out those fierce looking eyes! We where also delighted to catch 6 Yellowhammers and we saw another Woodcock and a Snipe . It was a nice chilled day when we could have a could chat about the last year and all the fantastic birds we saw in the county , looking forward to the birding in 2017 already!
|8 of the 9 Bullfinches where juveniles so it looks like they had a good breeding season in 2016|
|Female Reed Bunting|
|Willow Tit - Photo doesn't do it much justice but identified by dull black cap, buffy coloured flanks, pale panel in wings, structure and all dark bill.|
|Treecreeper - These stunning little birds seem to have a healthy population on the Goss Moor|
|Female Sparrowhawk - the strong barring indicates a 1st Winter bird|
|The last sight most songbirds would want to see!|
|It's great to know that there is a healthy population of Yellowhammers right by my house, thankfully the local farmer is sympathetic to wildlife|