Have had several sessions catching mostly House Sparrows at the two Hornsey Rd sites in the last week. Mostly at Bridie's down the road but also some here. Most birds were caught in traps but a 6m net set up on Bridie's lawn made a number of recaptures.
Birds caught were - (recaps in brackets)
Greenfinch - 0 (1) a bird banded at the Zoo in 2008.
Dunnock - 0 (1)
Silvereye - 1 (0)
House Sparrow - 20 (8) Most of the birds were Juveniles and all the recaps were recently banded birds. I have also in the last few days recovered 2 sparrows that were involved in fatal road accidents (at least fatal to the birds)
The trap in use at Bridie's is made from an old Canary cage which has been modified so it can be used either as a funnel trap or a pull the string and shut the door kind, looks a bit odd but is affective.
The trap at Bridie's
There is unlikely to be any postings for a couple of weeks as I am off for a stint in hospital.