A bird ringing session took place in the Walgrave Bay at Pitsford Res this morning, after setting up yesterday afternoon. In excess of sixty birds were caught, the majority being tits but also included a Treecreeper, 4 Goldcrests, 2 Linnets, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and several of the thrush family. Highlights amongst the tits included singles of both Willow and Marsh. Three Crossbills flew south west over the bay shortly after 9am and a couple of redpoll sp and Little Egrets were seen on and off. A migrant flock of about a hundred Woodpigeons flew south west shortly after dawn and small numbers of Redwings were fidgeting about and flying over.
At Blueberry Farm (Maidwell) this morning birds included a female Peregrine, 3+ Red Kites, a Barn Owl and a pair of Stonechat. The warm sunshine was sufficient to attract Small Tortoiseshell and Red Admiral butterflies to fly again today.
At Harrington Airfield this afternoon, the young male Merlin was again present and spending time around the third bunker.
At Pitsford Res late this afternoon, the gull roost attracted an adult Mediterranean Gull and quite an influx of Herring Gulls which included many of the 'argentatus' types. A Great White Egret and at least 4 Little Egrets were active between the causeway and the dam, the GWE spending time fishing the shoreline between the Gorse Bushes and the Pintail Bay.
Eleanor and Neil
Dodgy digi-scope images of
adult Mediterranean Gull