A ringing session at Harrington Airfield today provided the capture of 53 birds which included 11 Whitethroats (3 adults), 2 Blackcaps, a Garden Warbler, a Chiffchaff and 3 Willow Warblers. Breeding birds on-site included 5 Reed Buntings and 8 Yellowhammers. Probably the most interesting birds were a male Sparrowhawk and a juvenile Green Woodpecker. A further session is planned for Friday.
Other birds noted at the airfield today included 2 Redstarts (still by the concrete track entrance in roadside bushes and the very opposite end of the concrete track), a Whinchat, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Hobby and a Curlew. Small numbers of Yellow Wagtails and Meadow Pipits filtered over all morning. Two Ravens remained here at Hanging Houghton.
A quick visit to the Scaldwell Bay at Pitsford Res early this afternoon provided views of at least four Red-crested Pochard.
Courtesy of Lynne Barnett