Monday, 4 May 2015

Pitsford CES


This morning Dave Francis completed the first Constant Effort Site ringing session of the season at Pitsford Reservoir which resulted in a healthy catch of 59 birds. These were made up of 8 Blackbirds, 2 Song Thrushes, 3 Dunnocks, 2 Robins, 5 Wrens, 7 Great Tits, 2 Blue Tits, 3 Long-tailed Tits, 3 Treecreepers, a Goldcrest, 6 Garden Warblers, 6 Blackcaps, a Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, a Reed Warbler, a Bullfinch, 2 Chaffinches, 3 Greenfinches and 2 Reed Buntings. One of the Garden Warblers was first ringed in 2010. About a week ago, two Tawny Owl chicks were ringed from one of the nest boxes at Pitsford (please see image below).

Regular updates this spring from the Titchmarsh Reserve at Thrapston GP by John Finlayson, Nick Parker and others confirm the continuing presence of good numbers of Hobby, a couple of singing Nightingales, Cuckoos etc. Generally at this time of the year the reserve provides an excellent opportunity to listen and compare all the common warbler songs, such are the numbers and variety.

Finally, Kay Bell has kindly emailed to state that a pair of reading spectacles have been found at Harrington Airfield. If you have lost them, Kay has left them on a metal bollard by the concrete track entrance off the minor road to Draughton.


Neil M

Tawny Owl chicks
Pitsford Reservoir
Courtesy of Lynne Barnett

Osprey with fish at
Hollowell Reservoir.
A recent images taken
by Martin Swannell.
This is a ringed bird which
also has a colour ring
attached which identifies
it as a three year old
male hatched at Rutland Water.

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