Sunday, 17 May 2015

County Bird Ringing


The county ringers were active today, starting early on with sessions at both Stortons GP and Pitsford Res.

At Stortons GP under the guidance of John Woollett, ringers caught 47 birds of 17 species of which 19 were re-traps from previous efforts. The warbler list was impressive with a Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaffs, 8 Reed Warblers, 5 Sedge Warblers, 4 Whitethroats, 3 Blackcaps, a Garden Warbler and a Cetti's Warbler. Several of the warblers were re-traps from the last couple of years but one of the Reed Warblers was first ringed in 2011.

Other birds noted on-site included Cuckoo, Hobby and Peregrine.

At Pitsford Res Dave Francis presided over a catch of 48 birds of 16 species which included a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Blackcaps, a Whitethroat, a Garden Warbler, 2 Reed Warblers and 4 Chiffchaffs.

Fourteen Common Terns were around the rafts in the Scaldwell Bay - they seem very late in arriving in any numbers this year. In addition a Spotted Flycatcher was singing close to the Fishing Lodge and both Reed and Sedge Warbler were on territory in the Scaldwell Meadow margins.

At Blueberry Farm this evening a Grasshopper Warbler was singing in Big Lichfields (southern-most field).


Neil M
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