The weather has been playing havoc with our scheduled visits. I had to miss last week’s visit to Tedworth House, hoped to visit this Wednesday but finally got there this morning. I was joined by Andrew Bray, whose help made the session very easy to manage and must make an honourable mention for Jack Daw for providing the bacon sandwiches in the absence of Dave Turner. Jack also mentioned that there had been a Firecrest hanging around the edge of the woodland. Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to catch it but it does rather reinforce the idea that there is a small population in the area of Tidworth, with them being seen (and caught) occasionally throughout the last few years.
We had a decent catch: Nuthatch 2; Treecreeper (1); Blue Tit 13(7); Great Tit 2(2); Coal Tit (1); Long-tailed Tit 5; Robin 3; Song Thrush 1; Blackbird 1(1); Goldcrest 3(1); Chaffinch 1. Totals: 31 birds ringed from nine species; 13 birds retrapped from six species, making 44 birds processed from 11 species.
The retrapped Treecreeper was an adult bird ringed in mid-2016. It has been caught twice in each of 2016 and 2017 and clearly survived another winter. Our retrapped Goldcrest was ringed as an adult one year ago, so has survived at least two winters. Weighing in at just 4.6g, that is quite a feat.