Blackcap numbers were again relatively high, with the 13 new birds taking the 2014 total to 79. The bullfinch, a second calendar year male, was only the fourth new bird of the year, and it was good to catch both fledgling chiffchaff and willow warbler. If rain hadn’t intervened, it is likely that we would have (again) topped the 100 mark.
Pictures of the bullfinch are below. The wing (bottom photo) showed three retained juvenile greater coverts, indicating the limit of post juvenile moult, and making ageing straightforward.
Many thanks to Heather Coats, Cedwyn Davies, Charlie Sargent, Wayne Morris and Keith Vaughton for assistance and company this morning.