Saturday, 14 March 2015

Birds of a cool north-easterly


A varied day today with plenty of time outside in quite cool and breezy conditions but it remained essentially dry.

A Barn Owl was hunting around the outskirts of Scaldwell village first thing, and a flock of about 125 Golden Plovers flew west there at 5.30pm.

Birds noted at Blueberry Farm today included 2 Barn Owls, 2 Woodcock and two pairs of Stonechat.

A sustained period of ringing at Kelmarsh Hall today provided 126 recorded captures of 14 species. At least three Siskins were on-site and two were caught and ringed, four Nuthatch were caught as were two Marsh Tits and two Grey Wagtails caught included a bird originally ringed elsewhere.

Eleanor paid a brief visit to Ravensthorpe Reservoir and saw two Smew (one drake and one 'redhead') and also saw a pair of Raven at Staverton near Daventry.

With a cold, blocking north-easterly air-stream and after seeing a significant movement of gulls all day, it seemed to make sense to survey the gull roost at Pitsford Reservoir. For once it paid off with a stunning adult Mediterranean Gull early-on and later a classic adult Iceland Gull arrived and settled on the water.


Neil M

Adult male Siskin
Kelmarsh Hall

Courtesy of Jacob Spinks

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