Thursday, 29 January 2015

Smeagol's circuit!

Hello

Cool and wintry out there today but it didn't stop Eleanor running around the southern side of Pitsford Reservoir this morning with her faithful companions Tor and Smeagol (yep that's the name of the latest canine family member)! The three White-fronted Geese were by The Holly Tree and two Jack Snipe also flushed up. Other birds of interest were restricted to a Grey Wagtail and a Kingfisher.

The ringing demonstration at Stanwick Lakes back on 18th January provided an opportunity of catching some birds previously ringed there from previous years. Ian Wrisdale who led the session and regularly rings at Stanwick has provided some interesting data concerning these birds, proving that some small birds are surviving well at this site.

A male Great Spotted Woodpecker caught was over five years old and two re-trap Long-tailed Tits were each over four and six years old respectively. A Great Tit was proven to be over six years old and a re-trap Reed Bunting was confirmed as being over five years old.

Regards

Neil M
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