Sunday, 7 June 2015

Local Bird Ringing


A ringing session at Stortons Gravel Pits this morning as led by John Woollett provided 55 captures, the highlights being 5 Cetti's Warblers, 9 Robins, 8 Reed Warblers, 3 Sedge Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap, a Garden Warbler and a Whitethroat. A Peregrine maintained a presence in the area.

At Pitsford Reservoir this morning, a ringing session including a Constant Effort Site visit as led by Dave Francis provided 52 captures, the more interesting birds perhaps being a Kingfisher, a Carrion Crow, a Moorhen, a Tawny Owl, 4 Blackcaps, 2 Garden Warblers, 5 Chiffchaffs, 2 Reed Warblers, 7 Bullfinches and 5 Song Thrushes. The Tawny Owl was first ringed as an adult on-site in 2007 so is in excess of eight years old and one of the Garden Warblers was first ringed in 2010.

Other birds seen on-site included a drake Wigeon and a Hobby and the sunny weather brought forth many day-flying Chimney Sweep moths, a Silver Y moth, a Painted Lady butterfly and smaller butterflies including Common Blue and Small Copper.


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Garden Warbler
Pitsford Reservoir
Courtesy of Lynne Barnett

Juvenile Cetti's Warbler
Stortons Gravel Pits
Courtesy of Chris Payne

Chimney Sweep Moth
Pitsford Res

Common Tern
Pitsford Res

Small Copper butterfly
Pitsford Res

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