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Friday, 28 November 2008

LITTLE BUNTING lands in 'Golden Boys' back garden

After spending the last month and a half catching Long-tailed Tits, Chris Batty was amazed to find that his mistnet contained a LITTLE BUNTING on Wednesday 26 November.
The bird, a fairly drab first-winter, was trapped and ringed in Chris's Coniston Avenue back garden in Knott End-on-Sea in Lancashire late morning and after scattering seeds and grain on the ground, the bird returned after release and showed well intermittently throughout the afternoon. A total of just ten people connected before dark and sadly the bird was never seen again.
It represents the third record for Lancashire, following singles at Heysham on 30 March 1957, Eccleston Mere from 26 December 1993 to 19 March 1994 and at Fleetwodd Tip from 9 January to 24 March 1994