Thursday, 28 May 2015

County Breeding Birds


At this time of the year it is busy for the Northants Ringing Group ringers running nest box and nest recording schemes and Constant Effort Sites (CES).

Intensive CES projects are run by Ian Wrisdale over at Stanwick GP, Dave Francis in the Scaldwell Bay at Pitsford Res and members of the Stanford Reservoir Ringing Group at Stanford Reservoir.

At Pitsford Res yesterday, Dave and Lynne Barnett completed the third CES session which provided captures of 53 birds made up of a Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, 3 Robins, 2 Wrens, 4 Song Thrushes, 6 Blackbirds, a Bullfinch, a Greenfinch, 6 Great Tits, 8 Blue Tits, 5 Long-tailed Tits, 3 Reed Buntings, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Garden Warblers, 7 Blackcaps and a Chiffchaff. This total is in keeping with similar figures in previous years, suggesting there is a reasonable adult population of birds on-site this year.

A check of the tern rafts revealed 17 active Common Tern nests and the pair of Oystercatcher with a nest too.

Earlier in the week, Chris Payne was busy in the south of the county checking Swallow nests, nest-boxes and the like. He ringed a single Tawny Owl chick too (please see the images below).


Neil M

Tawny Owl chick
courtesy of Chris Payne

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