Sunday, 10 March 2013

Winter's back!


With snow and a cold north-easterly wind, it felt like winter all over again today!  You have to feel sorry for the Swallows, Sand Martins, Wheatears etc that have already made early landfall in the UK.

Despite spending time in some of the Kelmarsh Estate woodlands today, nothing out of the ordinary was discovered.

I had suspected that some of the finches visiting the well-spread local feed stations had been moving around them almost as much as me!  At least one photographer at Harrington Airfield has mentioned to me that they had seen and photographed ringed Bramblings coming down to the food, albeit that ringers do not operate at this site.  However we have been catching small numbers at Kelmarsh Hall, suggesting that birds were moving between these two sites.

To add to my suspicions, yesterday we caught a Siskin at Pitsford Res which we had originally caught and ringed at Kelmarsh Hall a couple of weeks earlier.  Today I caught a Siskin at Kelmarsh Hall which had originally been ringed at Hanging Houghton on 29th January.  Not long-distance movements but clearly demonstrating that these birds had stayed local but are presumably responsive to food availability and wherever their flocking colleagues take them!


Neil M
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