It was a great day with 123 birds caught in total (89 new birds, 33 retraps and 1 control).
First up was the garden site in the Ballaugh Curraghs - totals were:
Coal Tit 4 (+4 retraps)
Blue Tit 19 (+11 retraps)
Great Tit 23 (+14 retraps)
House Sparrow 1
Tree Sparrow 1 (+1 retrap)
Chaffinch 11 (+1 control)
The control Chaffinch R744889 had originally been ringed on 25 September 2006 at the Calf of Man Bird Obs, some 5 years and 33 days between captures and 35km between the sites.
Then in the afternoon we set up at the woosh netting site near the Point of Ayre. It looked good on arrival with plenty of birds down on the seed and there were 19 Twite seen as well as good numbers of Lesser Redpoll in with the Goldfinch and Linnets.
We took 2 catches (16 & 3) in what turned out to be a quiet few hours although the presence of both Sparrowhawk and Hen Harrier could have been the reason!
Goldfinch 10 (+3 retraps)
Lesser Redpoll 1
Ringing the Lesser Redpoll
Chief photographer Ffyn - look out Sean, you've got some competition!
A great days ringing!