Saturday, 31 October 2015

Pitsford Ringing and Birding!


A ringing session in the Scaldwell Bay at Pitsford Reservoir concluded at about lunch-time today resulting in the capture of 91 birds of  20 species. These birds included 2 Moorhens, 16 Goldcrests, 12 Redwings, 4 Treecreepers, 4 Lesser Redpolls, 3 Coal Tits, a Marsh Tit, a Willow Tit, a Blackcap, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Kingfisher. 

Other birds seen on-site included 5 Great White Egrets still, the juvenile Slavonian Grebe (diving continuously in shallow water near to the remnants of the Bird Club hide), 6 Pintail, 7 Red-crested Pochard, the Ferruginous Duck x Red-crested Pochard hybrid still, an adult Yellow-legged Gull, a Raven, a Stonechat, a Grey Wagtail and at least 2 Green Sandpipers. Small numbers of Siskins and redpoll sp trickled over all day.

Birds noted between Staverton and Catesby today (just west of Daventry) included at least 6 Ravens, 4 Bramblings, 30 Siskins and 6 redpoll sp. Nearby at Borough Hill Country Park, birds of note on view amounted to 2 Ravens, an adult male Peregrine, 2 Bramblings, 20+ Siskins and a few redpoll sp. 

Please note that further ringing is anticipated at Harrington Airfield this coming Monday and Tuesday. This occurs on the old airstrip near to the old Thor missile bunkers and access is restricted as requested by the landowner's agent during this period. Anyone wishing to enter on to this private site with a view to watching ringing activities on Monday and Tuesday is asked to contact me beforehand. Access to the main concrete track and the footpaths is unaffected.


Neil M
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