Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Harrington Airfield - restricted access at week-end

Hello

Birds in the garden here at Hanging Houghton this morning included a couple of Nuthatch still, two Grey Wagtails which have been commuting between this village and Lamport for several days now, a Blackcap and a Chiffchaff. It seems that there are Chiffchaffs scattered about in most of our decent hedges and copses right now, their inflected calls ringing out wherever I go.

The Brampton Valley between Hanging Houghton and Cottesbrooke this morning attracted a Wheatear and 15 Golden Plovers, in wetter conditions as of late. A single Grey Wagtail was noted at Brixworth Sewer Works and Harrington Airfield this afternoon hosted a 'cream crown' Marsh Harrier, a female Peregrine, two Ravens and 4 Grey Partridge.

A period of bird ringing is planned for Harrington Airfield for this coming week-end and as such access to the old airstrip and bunkers will be restricted on both Saturday and Sunday. The main concrete track and footpaths remain unaffected. Anyone who would like to see ringing operations on-site is asked to make contact beforehand and we will endeavor to show you the key aspects of catching and processing wild birds and explain what we hope to achieve.

Regards

Neil M
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