A pretty excellent December: our biggest catch in that month since the group split at the end of 2012.
Clearly we were much more active this December than in previous years: just 10 sessions last year. This is almost certainly a by-product of Covid-19 restrictions. Regardless, it is a pretty decent catch. Looking at those species that we have more than doubled since last year (because we have done more than double the number of sessions), it is great to find an increase in Long-tailed Tit numbers. Alongside that we have definite increases in numbers of Nuthatch, Great Tit, Dunnock and Starling.
Compared with last year, the species added to the list for December were: good numbers of Reed Bunting, plus Jay, overwintering Blackcap, overwintering Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Pied Wagtail, Stonechat, Lesser Redpoll and Treecreeper. Missing from last year’s list is Grey Wagtail and Meadow Pipit.