Dave Francis completed a ringing session at the feeding station at Pitsford Res this morning, capturing some 55 birds. New birds included 16 Tree Sparrows, 15 Long-tailed Tits, 10 Chaffinches, 3 Goldfinches and a Lesser Redpoll. A retrapped Chaffinch was first ringed in 2008. This session brings the Pitsford Tree Sparrow total to 144 for the year. Dave also had a hunting Barn Owl in the Scaldwell Meadow yesterday evening and again this morning.
This afternoon I wandered up to the old airstrip at Harrington Airfield, the reason being a combination of further dog walking duties and excellent light. Harrington tends to be a morning place to see the best birds but I took my camera to take advantage of the seemingly rare decent light this month. Images of some common birds are as below.
At Pitsford Res this afternoon, careful checking of the dam and the yacht club area produced the Black-necked Grebe again, a Dark-bellied Brent Goose with the Canada Geese, a Kingfisher, a Barn Owl, a Rock Pipit, 4 Bramblings and 2 fly-over redpoll sps.
An evening wander around Blueberry Farm, Maidwell confirmed the continuing presence of 2 Short-eared Owls and 2 Barn Owls.
Dark-bellied Brent Goose