Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Pitsford Ringing


A morning ringing session in sunny conditions in the Walgrave Bay at Pitsford Reservoir provided a catch of 81 birds. Of these 48 were re-traps and 33 were new birds which were subsequently ringed.

For many the highlight was a re-trapped Tawny Owl which flew in to a mist net. This bird was initially ringed as an adult in the Walgrave Bay on 5th June 2010. A re-trap male Blackcap was also interesting inasmuch that it was first ringed as an adult in the Scaldwell Bay on 6th May 2011 and then subsequently re-trapped that year and again in 2012. This migrant will be at least five years old this year.

The remainder of the catch included a Chiffchaff, a Marsh Tit, two Treecreepers, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 25 Blue Tits, 29 Great Tits including a controlled bird from elsewhere, and 15 Chaffinches (13 new).

Other birds noted on-site included a male Brambling, a redpoll sp, a constant but light passage of Swallows and Meadow Pipits and a plethora of Common Buzzards wheeling about in the spring thermals.

David Sharp noted a Willow Warbler at Orlingbury this morning.


Neil M
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