Friday, 7 February 2014

Siskins and tits

Hello

Yesterday (Thursday), and a walk around Sywell Country Park provided a flock of c50 Siskins, but nothing else of note.

Today (Friday) and about c6 Siskins were around the village here at Hanging Houghton.  At Blueberry Farm, Maidwell this afternoon, the birds included 2 Red Kites, 2 Ravens and a female Peregrine.

A ringing session at Sunderland Wood on the Kelmarsh Estate this afternoon provided a capture of 63 birds, 48 of which were new.  One of the first Blue Tits processed was a bird first ringed at Hanging Houghton in September last year.   Blue Tits and Great Tits made up the bulk of the captured birds, the vast majority of these tits being birds hatched just last year. 

Other birds caught and ringed included 3 Coal Tits, 5 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Treecreepers, a Bullfinch and a couple of Chaffinches.  A couple of Sparrowhawks were racing around the wood and other sightings included a Siskin and 2 Woodcock.

Regards

Eleanor and Neil
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