Saturday, 31 January 2015

Ringing at Pitsford Reservoir


Some bird ringing took place at Pitsford Reservoir today resulting in 96 captures, the majority being common tits. A large proportion of the tits were adults and re-traps from previous years. Two Marsh Tits were re-trapped, one of them displaying a white tail, and six Coal Tits featured within the total.

Other birds included five new Chaffinches and a couple of Robins, three re-trap Moorhens, a Yellowhammer, a Fieldfare and seven Blackbirds. One of the Blackbirds was a re-trap, first being ringed at Harrington Airfield in November 2014.

Other birds noted were two Woodcock at Christies Copse and a pair of Grey Partridge near to Rectory Farm (close to the reservoir border). The gull roost off the yacht club provided views of a first winter Mediterranean Gull and two Ruddy Shelduck were discovered at dusk.


Neil M
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