Sunday, 1 December 2013

Watch out for European Immigrants!


A ringing session held in the Walgrave Bay at Pitsford Res provided over sixty birds of a variety of species.  Quite a number of Blackbirds included a female bearing a Dutch ring, further proof that many of the Backbirds around at the moment are transient European birds looking for suitable winter quarters.  A male Sparrowhawk was the highlight for many, these fierce and undaunted little predators always demand respect and generate just a little awe.  A Lesser Redpoll was also caught together with a Willow Tit and a couple of Redwings plus six tiny Goldcrests.

Other birds noted in and around the Walgrave Bay included nine Red-crested Pochard, a Kingfisher, a couple more redpoll sp and about six Siskins.

A still and cold Blueberry Farm yielded a hunting Barn Owl and two Stonechats this afternoon and a Peregrine was reported.


Eleanor, Neil H and Neil M

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