Thanks to Neil Hasdell's careful scanning, a Long-tailed Duck was located at Pitsford Res this afternoon, frequenting the Walgrave Bay. This is a species which has become a very rare visitor to the county in recent years, no doubt linked to a world-wide reduction in numbers. The bird was still present at dusk, still in the Walgrave Bay albeit it was seen in flight briefly. Please see Neil's images below...
Other birds noted north of the causeway this afternoon included a Black-tailed Godwit and a drake Goosander, and 7 Little Egrets and 2 Great White Egrets were seen flying to roost.
A ringing session at Kelmarsh Hall today was very busy with 126 birds being caught of 12 species. Confirming a good breeding year locally, 49 of 50 Blue Tits were birds fledged this year. Great Tits and Goldfinches were similarly caught in good numbers and again with high numbers of youngsters from this year. The overall catch included two Marsh Tits, four Coal Tits, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and ten Blackbirds.
Other birds noted included two Ravens, 1-2 Siskin(s), a Brambling, plenty of Nuthatches and a Kingfisher.
Eleanor and Neil M