Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Easter in pictures


A ringing session was held at Pitsford Reservoir this morning, centred on the Old Scaldwell Road Feeding Station. Three ringers processed 80 birds, made up of 51 new birds and 29 re-traps. The total included 14 Tree Sparrows, 10 Reed Buntings, 40 Yellowhammers, 4 Chaffinches, a Goldfinch, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Green Woodpecker and a Moorhen.

Eleanor saw plenty of Swallows about today after the early morning fog and heavy dew had subsided, with birds mostly on the move but also with some on-site in local villages. Two or three Barn Owls were again at Blueberry Farm this evening and Paddy Jackson (local Barn Owl guru) has already come back to us on details of the colour-ringed Barn Owl noted there yesterday (see images on yesterday's blog). The photographed individual was the youngest of a brood of five ringed in the nest at Blueberry Farm on 16th June last year, and is believed to be a female.

Plenty of local naturalists were clicking away with their cameras over the Easter week-end and have generously forwarded their efforts for our perusal (please see below)...


Neil M

Robin in song at Pitsford Res

Courtesy of Simon Hales

Male Yellowhammer at
Harrington Airfield

Courtesy of Simon Hales

Cetti's Warbler at Thrapston Gravel Pits

Courtesy of John Finlayson

Second summer Mediterranean Gull
at Summer Leys Nature Reserve

Courtesy of Dave Jackson

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