Monday, 23 July 2012

Sunny birding!


A few commitments curtailed birding opportunities today but Eleanor managed to find a pair of Red-legged Partridge with about 6 young in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton and the white Common Buzzard was very vocal at Blueberry Farm so may also have a couple of young nearby.  A couple of begging juvenile Common Buzzards in the fields behind our house originate from a different pair.  A pair of Grey Partridge below the village are still without chicks.

A brief stop on the causeway at Ravensthorpe Res late afternoon confirmed the continuing presence still of at least one Red-crested Pochard, with an eclipse drake visible on the small side.  I was surprised to see adult Blue Tits still feeding fledged young, surely a late replacement brood?

A short ringing session yesterday evening in the Walgrave Bay at Pitsford was very modest but included just-fledged Garden Warblers.  A juvenile Willow Warbler exhibited significant fault bars in the tail, a sure sign that it suffered periods of hardship and minimal food as a nestling.


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