The numbers of small birds that are on the farm this winter has increased from the rather poor 2013/2014 winter. The extra feed being put down through the HLS Supplementary Feeding option has certainly attracted and held, probably up to 1500 birds on the farm. The principal bird is probably linnet but many other finches are included in these often spectacular flocks. This morning we ringed over 90 birds including good numbers of chaffinches and reed buntings plus our first Yellowhammer for two years.
There is a small flock of around 20 yellowhammers using the farm at present. Five bramblings were also a high point of the morning.