Thursday, 25 June 2015

Pitsford update...


On Tuesday evening (23rd June), Dave Francis and Chris Payne activated the duck trap at Pitsford Reservoir, culminating in the capture of ten Mallard, five of which had been ringed at Pitsford previously.

In addition they visited the tern rafts in the Scaldwell Bay to check on progress and were able to locate and ring several Common Tern chicks (please see below).

Sadly one of the adult Oystercatchers was killed on the road causeway recently, the fast moving traffic is a hazard to many water birds moving between the two sections of the reservoir.

This morning a pair of Grey Partridge were present in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton and an adult Yellow-legged Gull was perched on one of the buoys off the dam at Pitsford Res. Yesterday afternoon a Turtle Dove was purring away and on full view in the dead willows half way along the main concrete track at Harrington Airfield - another day when Eleanor regretted not taking her camera with her!

I have been away for a couple of weeks so I am grateful to Neil H and Eleanor for providing the postings in my absence.


Neil M

Cute little Common Tern chicks

Courtesy of Chris Payne

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