An industrious period of bird ringing at Pitsford Reservoir based in the Scaldwell Bay today provided an opportunity of processing about 114 birds of 23 species which included both migrant and more traditional resident birds. Bigger birds included Mallard, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Jay and Woodpigeon. More typical birds included three new Great Spotted Woodpeckers, three new Goldcrests, twenty Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, twelve Blackcaps, four Meadow Pipits, three Treecreepers and a Willow Tit.
Birds seen on the reserve included the Great White Egret, the two Ruddy Shelduck, a Ruff, two Green Sandpipers, a Hobby and a Grey Wagtail.
A visit to Harrington Airfield this morning proved very quiet and no birds of note were located.
More extensive wanderings today in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton and including the Blueberry Farm complex provided views of a female Merlin, the adult female Peregrine and at least one Hobby as well as more common raptors.