Saturday, 6 June 2015

Pitsford in June


A visit to Harrington Airfield this morning yielded a calling Quail by the first bunker and two Turtle Doves towards the end of the concrete track.

Today three of us were checking the large nest-boxes on the reserve section of Pitsford Reservoir, and sadly our efforts confirmed that it has been a very poor breeding season for Tawny Owls with just one pair successfully utilising the boxes to raise young. We located two broods of well-grown Stock Doves, this species regularly use these large boxes successfully.

A couple of singing Spotted Flycatcher remain on the reserve and the pair of Oystercatcher continue to feed one or two young on the tern rafts.

Since the significant tree-felling near to the Bird Club Hide last year, many birds now loaf on the stumps and posts near to the hide affording excellent views, in particular Black-headed Gulls and Common Terns.

Kenny Cramer and team committed to some general ringing at Linford Lakes Nature Reserve near to Milton Keynes this morning and caught 24 birds of a variety of species including a Jay, a Kingfisher, a Garden Warbler, a Blackcap, a Chiffchaff and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

A Quail was still calling at Blueberry Farm, Maidwell this afternoon close to the southern border of the complex.


Neil M

Great Crested Grebes displaying
Pitsford Reservoir

Pitsford Reservoir

Common Tern
Pitsford Reservoir

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