A Short Spell in the Garden: Thursday, 10th October 2022

I had planned to open the nets first thing this morning but it was chucking it down at 7:00. It’s what I expected given that, as of Wednesday evening, both the Met Office and Meteo had forecast it would be dry. It was still raining at 9:30 when I headed off to Swindon to get my Covid booster jab, and down to a light drizzle by the time we got back at midday. It finally stopped at 13:30, so I opened the nets. At 14:00 I took a Blue Tit and a Goldfinch out of the net, just as it started to rain again. I shut the nets.

At 15:30 the rain had stopped, the sky had cleared and I opened the nets yet again. The first birds came out of the net at 16:00 but the best birds came out at 17:30:

Juvenile male Great Spotted Woodpecker, Dendrocopos major
Adult male Starling, Sturnus vulgaris

I was particularly pleased with catching the Great Spotted Woodpecker: it is only the second I have caught in the garden. I closed the nets at 18:00, in time for Richard Osman’s House of Games, having caught 13 birds: Great Spotted Woodpecker 1; Blue Tit 1(4); Coal Tit 1; Wren 1; Dunnock 1; Starling 1; Goldfinch 2(1). Totals: 8 birds ringed from 7 species and 5 birds retrapped from 2 species, making 13 birds processed from 7 species.

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