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Old Wednesday 30th December 2015, 16:56   #14
citrinella
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Mist netting at Site 2, 27/12/15.

Blackbird new 1
retrap
Chaffinch new 1
retrap
Robin new
retrap 1
Song thrush new 1
retrap
Wren new
retrap 1
TOTAL new 3
retrap 2

This year is very disappointing across all sites, following a very poor breeding season. It is my impression that percentage of young birds is abnormally low, but things may change.

This site is particularly poor this year probably because of obvious habitat problems. Principal problem is that the wild bird cover is in poor condition and birds are only using a small part in an area wit no suitable sites for nets. The farmer tells me his plans were thrown into disarray by uncertainties surrounding the new agri-environment scheme, resulting in nothing getting done.

This will be our last session this winter at this particular location, though we may try another location on the same farm (site 2).

Also seen/heard :
Greylag geese
Pink-footed geese
Cormorant
Tawny owl
Jay
Nuthatch
Dunnock
Mistle thrush
Goldfinch
Bullfinch
Siskin
~20 linnet

Mainly forgetting corvids, game birds, gulls, pigeons and tits.

Many thanks to all concerned, Mike.
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