Sunday, 18 January 2015

Ringing in the winter sunshine...


A busy day for county ringers today. Chris Payne and Mike Tubb were at Bradden in South Northants and caught nearly 60 birds which included Reed Bunting, Goldcrest and Chaffinch. They heard Ravens in the near vicinity too.

Dave Francis and Lynne Barnett were ringing at Pitsford Reservoir this morning and caught 69 birds which included a Fieldfare, a Pied Wagtail, a Goldcrest, four Starlings, a dozen Yellowhammers and a couple of Moorhens.

Also today there was an event at Stanwick Lakes which included a bird ringing demonstration and about two hundred birds were caught in just a couple of mist net rides. Many of the birds were Blue Tits and Great Tits, but there was a variety of common birds which included Reed Bunting, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker and a couple of flocks of Long-tailed Tits. The stunning winter sunshine brought many people out today and at Stanwick it was great to see so many children clearly wowed by their proximity to wild birds in the hand!

Birds noted on site included a male Sparrowhawk sun-bathing for a remarkably long period, a dozing Barn Owl half-hidden in some ivy and a couple of Smew on one of the pits. As many as 400 Golden Plovers were commuting between nearby fields and the main pit and Red Kites regularly patrolled overhead and with many big gulls constantly on the move too.

A quick visit to Billing GP this afternoon (about 3.30pm) confirmed the presence of the female Ring-necked Duck still, albeit that the views were brief due to the very obscured viewing conditions from the road.


Neil M

Images from the Bird
Ringing Demonstration
at Stanwick Lakes today.
Courtesy of Nick Wood.

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