Friday, 14 August 2015

Migration underway!


An experimental ringing session at Brixworth Sewer Treatment Works took place today, often in drizzly but mostly still and even humid conditions. Some eighty-five birds were caught involving very few re-traps. Highlights included 20 Pied Wagtails, 5 Yellow Wagtails, 4 Grey Wagtails, 12 Starlings, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Chiffchaffs, 5 Swallows and singles of Whitethroat, Blackcap and Sedge Warbler. However without doubt the most exciting bird to enter a mist net was a fine adult Hobby! Please see images below.

On both Saturday and Sunday this week-end there will be some further bird ringing at Harrington Airfield and access is restricted. The concrete track and footpaths remain unaffected, but the scrubbed-up airstrip and bunker areas will not be available for general access. My apologies if this affects your plans this week-end.

Eleanor visited Harrington Airfield this morning and witnessed three 'trilling' Whimbrel flying over south at 9.10am and saw singles of Grey Wagtail, Wheatear and Redstart. Whitethroats and Willow Warblers were present in good numbers and other migrants included 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Whinchats and 2+ Crossbills flying over.

A Barn Owl was present at Blueberry Farm, Maidwell this evening.


Neil M


Courtesy of Neil Hasdell

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