Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Pitsford Common Terns

Tussock Moth caterpillar

Courtesy of Cathy Ryden


Yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 30th June), Dave Francis and Lynne Barnett again checked the tern rafts at Pitsford Reservoir. Although there were fears of losses through predation, the good news was that the eight Common Tern chicks ringed last week were all present and correct and an additional 16 chicks were ringed. Some thirty eggs remained unhatched so there could be plenty more to come yet. A pair or two of Pied Wagtail have also nested on the rafts this year, and a brood of four youngsters were duly ringed. And this year a pair of Swallow are nesting at the Fishing Lodge and their nestlings were also ringed so a very productive day all round!

This morning (Wednesday 1st July), and a flock of five Siskins flew south west over Hanging Houghton early morning, followed by a flock of nine Crossbills headed in the same direction at 5.10pm this afternoon.


Neil M

The stunning Blue Tit

Courtesy of Robin Gossage
Six-spot Burnett Moth
Courtesy of Cathy Ryden

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