Sunday, 22 November 2015

Local Bird Ringing


November has been a difficult month for local bird ringers as the weather has compromised most planned efforts, so it wasn't surprising to see a great deal of local ringing going on today in colder but more stable weather conditions...

Nick Wood was operating at Chase Park Farm near Yardley Hastings this morning, catching 65 birds of which 16 were re-traps from previous efforts. Highlights included a fine Sparrowhawk (please see image below), a Goldcrest, a Bullfinch, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and plenty of common woodland birds of ten species.

Kenny Cramer was presiding at Linford Lakes on the outskirts of Milton Keynes where 113 birds of 16 species found the nets. There was a high proportion of re-traps (72) which is indicative of the on-going efforts on-site. Scarcer birds included 15 new Siskins, a control Lesser Redpoll, 5 Song Thrushes, 3 Redwings, a Treecreeper and a Chiffchaff.

At Stortons Gravel Pits John Woollett and team caught 109 birds also of 16 species of which 65 were new birds. This catch included 18 Reed Buntings, 8 Chaffinches, 14 Greenfinches, 5 Robins, 5 Blackbirds, 4 Redwings, 2 Bullfinches, a Lesser Redpoll, 3 Goldcrests and 3 Cetti's Warblers.

Finally a small band of ringers operated at Kelmarsh Hall resulting in 109 captures of 14 species of which 76 were new birds. Tits made up the majority of the birds but the total also included a Treecreeper, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Nuthatch, 4 Blackbirds, a Fieldfare, 5 Bullfinches and a control Great Tit.

Other birds noted at Kelmarsh Hall included a dozen Siskins, a Brambling, about half a dozen redpoll sp and a Grey Wagtail.


Neil M

Sparrowhawk at Chase Park Farm,
courtesy of Nick Wood

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