This is probably the busiest time of the year for the Stanny ringing team. Last Saturday Mike and Mervyn caught well over 130 birds at their winter ringing station. The majority were probably siskins, followed by continental Chaffinches, Goldfinches, Bramblings and Reed Buntings – a very late winter selection. Though they did catch a Dartford Warbler two weeks ago, which is not generally seen as part of the usual bunch!
Carl Powell is in a different part of the farm and his selection are thrushes, long tailed tits, kingfishers etc.
Birds are being held in the area through additional feeding, where a selected mix of seeds is broadcast in the same area each week. This is through one of the HLS options – an option which is very successful.