......Alice and I would have had an even more miserable ringing session than we did on Saturday morning at our Hodder Valley ringing site! It was cold again, minus 4 Celsius in fact, to start, with clear skies and a light northerly breeze.
The usual songsters were singing in the crisp air, with two Song Thrushes, a Chiffchaff, a Robin, a Chaffinch, a Wren and a Coal Tit, all proclaiming their territories immediately surrounding our ringing station. Other species making their presence known by vocalisations, were a calling Mistle Thrush, two noisy Jays, a drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker and a calling Tawny Owl.
As I mentioned before, it was crystal clear this morning, and it was very difficult to detect much vis. Vis is difficult to detect at the best of times at this site, so when you add clear conditions right up in to the stratosphere, it becomes even more difficult. We registered the calls of perhaps 10 - 20 Siskins, but didn't see any of them! That's not quite true, because amongst the poor catch of four birds, we did see two (recaptures in brackets):
Robin - 1
Goldcrest - 1
Siskin - 2
Wren - (1)
I've got some local site visits this week, and a trip over to the east coast as well, so as always, I'll keep you posted as to what I see.