An early morning ringing session at Pitsford Res today incorporated a Constant Effort Site census, in total catching and processing 50 birds. Species caught included 2 Mallard, 5 Stock Doves, Kingfisher, Yellowhammer, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Reed Warbler and Chiffchaff. Other birds noted included Raven and redpoll sp and the number of Common Terns seemingly intent on breeding on the rafts has gone up considerably the last couple of days to about 40 birds. At least one Oystercatcher remains.
At Harrington Airfield this morning, birds noted included a Turtle Dove and a pair of Grey Partridge.
Some scanning from the garden this afternoon produced plenty of raptors enjoying the warm conditions and included three very high kites, one of which was a Red Kite. The other two remained very distant and defied identification.
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