Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Out in the sunshine


A ringing session today at Scotland Wood on the Kelmarsh Estate was good if you like the tit family!  I had anticipated erecting two nets in the wood but quickly realised that a solitary forty foot net (in length) was all that was required to catch 65 birds!  The more interesting birds included a Goldcrest, a Chiffchaff, a Willow Tit, three Marsh Tits and thirteen Coal Tits (the latter species reflecting the amount of conifers in the wood).  A Blue Tit already bearing a ring wasn't originally a local bird.

Other birds noted in this woodland area included a Raven, a redpoll sp and three Woodcock.

However today was all about enjoying the still and sunny weather before the return of more wind and rain for the remainder of the week, and Eleanor notched up two Ravens  and two or three Siskins near Beck Dairy, Cottesbrooke and half a dozen redpoll sp below Hanging Houghton whilst out running.

A visit to Harrington Airfield with more seed attracted a dozen Bramblings at the concrete track entrance again.

This afternoon a yomp around Blueberry Farm, Maidwell provided views of a Short-eared Owl, two Barn Owls, the pair of Stonechat still, three Lesser Redpolls and plenty of winter thrushes which have now pretty much stripped the majority of the berries.


Neil M
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