Yesterday afternoon Sarah, Andre and I had a go at mist-netting a large finch flock (ca. 400 mixed Chaffinch and Brambling - that's big for these parts!) in a small turnip field near Devil's Bridge. In the first round after the three 60ft nets had been put up we extracted 49 finches including the 200th Brambling of the winter and the second control Brambling of the winter too. Unfortunately the next hour or so added just two more before they all headed off to roost!! If we get a spell of settled weather we'll certainly be trying there again only a bit earlier in the day this time.
Can't wait to discover where this first-winter female Brambling was ringed originally.