With an increase in drizzle the nets had to be furled mid-morning, but the rain abated around lunchtime enabling a few more birds to be caught. The nets were furled for the final time around 1400hrs with a pleasing total of 43 birds caught (from just 3 nets) with totals as follows:
Redwing (2), Blackbird (3), Robin (8), Goldcrest (12), Brambling (2), Goldfinch (1), Lesser Redpoll (15).
A new bird for my patch list came in the form of a Hawfinch which circled the plantation three times before appearing to drop in. However, I couldn't refind it. Other highlights included a Black Redstart, 2 Chiffchaffs including one potential abietinus type, whilst Nick notched up Mealy Redpoll, Redstart, Jack Snipe and two Short-eared Owls. Although lacking in something a bit rarer, this was truly a fantastic day in the field and classic east coast autumnal birding at its best.