Sunday, 14 December 2014

The day of the Coal Tit!

Hello

A ringing session took place at Scotland Wood as part of the on-going project to monitor woodland bird populations on the Kelmarsh Estate. Eighty small birds were captured and assessed, species totals being 5 Goldcrests, a Robin, a Blackbird, 21 Blue Tits, 10 Great Tits, 18 Coal Tits, 4 Marsh Tits, 11 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers and 5 Chaffinches.

Birds noted at Harrington Airfield today again included the adult male Merlin, a Brambling on the seed, a couple each of flying Siskin and redpoll sp and about 150 Golden Plovers.

Late afternoon on the Blueberry Farm complex confirmed that all three pairs of wintering Stonechat remain and again two Barn Owls were seen out hunting.

Activation of the duck trap at Pitsford Res just before dusk succeeded in capturing and processing seven Moorhens, a Coot and a Starling in our continued efforts to better understand the status and dynamics of birds visiting this site.

Regards

Neil M
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