This has been run as a CES (Constant Effort Site) for the past three years and we occasionally ring here in winter. We expected a quiet morning with mostly great, blue and coal tits. The redpoll tape played all morning and attracted only a single lesser redpoll.
We should have considered it a possibility as one (presumably the same bird) was reported on ABZ birds by Paul Baxter at Raemoir Fishery only a few hundred metres away and is thought to have been there since mid December or even earlier. -http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ABZ-Rare-Birds/message/7514
The bird was aged as a first year bird as it appeared not to have moulted any greater coverts or the alula.
In 2010 only 13 birds were ringed in the
What a morning!
Walter and Alister