Saturday, 28 November 2009
First cold weather at the Lodge
Anticipating the first cold weather at Charnwood Lodge we set a small number of nets in the Rhododendrons and waited for dark to descend. In just a few minutes we were catching finches and thrushes including 23 Chaffinch and 2 Redwing. One of the Redwings had an engorged tick near the base of its bill (above & inset). We don't generally risk trying to remove individual ticks trusting that they will quickly drop off anyway. We also caught several Blackbirds including two apparent continental birds. The old ringers used to call them 'stockamsels'. I can't remember why, anyone know?