Thursday, 15 May 2014

Pitsford CES


Dave Francis completed another Constant Effort Site (CES) ringing session in the Scaldwell Bay at Pitsford Res this morning.  This produced a good total of 56 birds of which 23 were re-traps, some of these re-traps being trans-Saharan warblers.

Perhaps the most noteworthy birds were 6 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps, 2 Garden Warblers, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, a Reed Warbler, 3 juvenile Robins and a Linnet.  As the bay and other areas of the reserve become more established with secondary woodland, the scrub and low-foilage species such as Whitethroat and Willow Warbler become less numerous.  However the on-going woodland management of the plantations provides glades and opportunities for re-growth of ground-hugging plants, thus the birds of scrub still occur in low numbers.


Neil M
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