At 15:20 one 40' mist net was erected, on first inspection it held 2 birds, a male Greenfinch and a superb Firecrest! This was a belated first for the garden at Ormesby.
It was a 1st. summer female with a fat score of 3, so must have been in for a while and presumably feeding up to make the next journey further North. This is also our first ever Firecrest trapped in the Spring.
It was quality and not quantity this afternoon, with the next round producing a fine male Great Spotted Woodpecker.
Looking impressed with himself.
The final net round produced another superb bird in the form of an adult Rook. These are really superb at close quarters when metallic blue hues really stand out. For such a big bird they are very gentle in the hand.
This was the first one ever to be mist netted in the garden, all the others had been whoosh netted or in the large trap.
2 Greenfinch and a Goldfinch were the only other birds ringed, a Chaffinch was retrapped and was originally ringed on 24th Feb. 2009.
So all in all not a bad couple of hours ringing.
A walk in the evening along Caister beach produced 3 Sand Martins going North and 2 Turnstone on the rocks.