I have been feeding seed in a new funnel trap for the last week or so with the hope of catching some of the increasing number of Greenfinch about. I set it as a trial on Monday evening and after a few glitches caught 8. On Tuesday morning I set both traps, the new one caught 28 new Greenfinch and 4 recaps, also 2 new Sparrows. Two of the recaps were banded at the Zoo, 1 in August 2010 and the other last Saturday.
The other trap caught 13 new Silvereyes and 19 recaps with a bycatch of 1 Blackbird. All except 4 of the Silvereyes were either new birds or had been banded this year. With the mild weather we have experienced over the last week or so almost all the older birds appear to have dispersed presumably to do their spring thing. With bad weather forecast over this next weekend it will be interesting to see if they come back.