Today a ringing session took place at Scotland Wood on the Kelmarsh Estate which resulted in 110 birds being examined and released. Over sixty of these birds were birds not caught and ringed before, but it was also gratifying to catch and identify birds from previous years including several birds at least three years old. One Blue Tit was originally ringed elsewhere and will count as a 'control', albeit preliminary research suggests it was ringed within the county.
The highlights for the three ringers today included 3 Marsh Tits, 5 Coal Tits, 2 Goldcrests, 5 Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a Jay. Other birds noted in the wood included 3-4 Siskins, a Willow Tit and a couple of Woodcock. On departing, a male Peregrine flew over the A508 just north of Maidwell.
My thanks to Chris Payne and Jacob Spinks for giving up their time to assist with this on-going project on the estate which seeks to assess woodland site fidelity.
Eleanor in the meantime visited Harrington Airfield this morning and enjoyed a good walk around the site. Birds of note included an adult female Peregrine, 2 Red Kites, about a hundred Golden Plovers, hundreds of Fieldfares and Redwings worming on the sodden fields, 10+ Bramblings and a pair of Grey Partridge.
At Blueberry Farm this afternoon Eleanor enjoyed views of a female Merlin, 6 Red Kites, lots of Common Buzzards, a Barn Owl, the pair of Stonechat still and 4+ redpoll sp over.
Courtesy of Chris Payne