Monday, 17 August 2015

Evening shift


Some ringing operations conducted at Pitsford Reservoir on Sunday evening and this morning was sufficient to catch 68 birds, the majority at the Old Scaldwell Road Feeding Station. Birds included 25 Tree Sparrows, 7 Pied Wagtails, 6 Dunnocks, 4 Mallard, 4 Blackcaps, 4 Robins, 3 Willow Warblers, 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Sedge Warblers including a very young bird clearly hatched on-site, 2 Chaffinches, 2 Blackbirds, 2 Wrens and singles of Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting, Garden Warbler and Collared Dove. Moths visible in the same vicinity included Red Underwing and Copper Underwing.

The gull roost at Pitsford Res this evening was unremarkable but did contain 4 Yellow-legged Gulls. Waders flying around the Sailing Club included a Greenshank, a Common Sandpiper and 2 Dunlin and Cathy Ryden noted a Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpipers, a Ruff and a Kingfisher in the Scaldwell Bay and all visible from the Bird Club Hide.

A Redstart remained at Blueberry Farm this evening and a family of Spotted Flycatchers was present in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton.


Neil M

Seemingly the only pair of
Mute Swans at Pitsford
Reservoir to have hatched more
than a single cygnet this year!
Productivity on site has been
poor for several years now.

Adult Yellow-legged Gull
Pitsford Reservoir

Red Admiral

Painted Lady butterfly

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