Definite influx of about 60 Siskins to Lemmington Hall area 5 miles west of Alnwick, Northumberland in the last three days; with a similar number of Goldfinch. Seem to be travelling together. I have re-caught some birds not seen since 2012 in Feb/March.
Also two Yellowhammer (probably more local - but this species never seen here before under feeders!). Weather too cold / wild at times to allow much ringing.
N.B. Most of the Siskins are adults not juveniles. This is not the usual situation, indicating that the birds have had a poor breeding season but a high proportion of adult birds have survived.
Philip Hanmer; Natural History Soc of Northumbria Ringing Group.