Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Migration watch at Harrington Airfield


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.


Neil M

Courtesy of Lynne Barnett

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