Wednesday, 18 February 2015

County Bird Ringing


During the afternoon of Tuesday (yesterday) and this morning, some ringing was undertaken at the feed station at Pitsford Reservoir and produced a modest total of 27 birds, 13 of which were new. New birds included a Moorhen, a Starling, four Reed Buntings and a Tree Sparrow.

Chris Payne was active down at Bradden again this morning and quickly caught 44 birds which included a bright male Sparrowhawk (please see below), Nuthatch, Goldcrest, Chaffinch and common tits.

A small group of ringers used just two mist nets at Scotland Wood (Kelmarsh Estate) today to catch 129 birds, 81 of which were new. Species caught and assessed included 39 Blue Tits, 32 Great Tits, 15 Coal Tits, 10 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Marsh Tits, 2 Willow Tits, a Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatches, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Goldcrest, 5 Dunnocks, 5 Blackbirds and 14 Chaffinches. Birds of note on-site included a couple of fly-through Siskins and a redpoll sp with a Raven nearby.


Neil M

Male Sparrowhawk at Bradden
Courtesy of Chris Payne

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