A ringing session resumed at Harrington Airfield today which led to the capture of 56 birds, 51 of which were new. There were good numbers of birds in and around the bushes but many of the birds stayed low or flew from the site due to the hunting activities of a Hobby and a Sparrowhawk.
The more interesting birds caught and ringed included 14 Yellowhammers, 4 Reed Buntings, 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, 4 Whitethroats, a Whinchat, 2 Meadow Pipits and a Linnet. The male Sparrowhawk from Wednesday was trapped again.
Other birds noted on the disused airfield included a Grey Wagtail, c25 Yellow Wagtails (one flock of 17+), 1-2 Tree Pipit(s), a Redstart and numerous Red Kites.
In the Scaldwell Bay at Pitsford Reservoir this afternoon, a pair of Ruddy Shelduck were on the bund in front of the New James Fisher Hide and there were 9 Red-crested Pochard near to the tern rafts.
|Juvenile male Whinchat|
|Juvenile male Green|
Woodpecker from Wednesday
|Sparrowhawk from Wednesday|
and again today...
All images courtesy of Neil Hasdell.