Another visit to Jerry and Barbara's woodland edge garden brought 57 birds in two short nets in just two hours. Almost all were young birds suggesting a successful breeding season. Of the 33 tits only one, a Great Tit was an adult. The one exception was Bullfinch with nine caught of which only three were juveniles. A few more young birds than our last visit two weeks ago,when we caught only one juvenile out of 11 birds.This means that so far this season we have caught 20 Bullfinch compared with only seven in the whole of last season.Other members of the group have reported good numbers of Bullfinch in their gardens
Looking back at July catches in past years gives a very similar picture of low numbers of adults with the marked exception of Bullfinch. It is not until mid August that we start to get a good numbers of adult tits. The adult birds will be in wing moult and appear to prefer to remain in the surrounding woodlands.
The catching of four juvenile Nuthatch was the highlight of the morning to further our colour ringing study of this attractive species.