Lower Moor Farm: Saturday, 26th February 2022

After two really good sessions this one was very disappointing. Lower Moor is very hit and miss in the winter, because I don’t set a feeding station there.  I work in the wildlife refuges, using a cut-down version of my breeding season Constant Effort Site. There has been a problem of rats in front of the various hides, as a result of some photographers putting out food to attract birds and small mammals closer in for better photographs, and I have no wish to attract them in to these wildlife refuge areas.  I know that the Trust have asked for that practice to stop: one hopes that it has.

The weather didn’t help: it started out with a freezing mist between 7:00 and 9:00. When the sun broke through at about 10:00, the breeze started to get up and by 10:30 it was too strong to leave the nets open, so we closed them up and took down by 11:00. 

It was doubly unfortunate for my two trainees: Annie was making her first trip out for nearly a year, and David making his first visit for nearly 3 months, both for unavoidable reasons.

We managed a paltry 11 birds: Blue Tit 1; Great Tit (1); Long-tailed Tit 2; Wren (1); Robin (2); Redwing 1; Blackbird 1(1); Lesser Redpoll 1. Totals: 6 birds ringed from 5 species and 5 birds retrapped from 4 species, making 11 birds processed from 8 species. Still, with over 100 birds processed this week it would be churlish to moan too much.

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