Monday, 23 November 2015

More county ringing...


Chris Payne was ringing in his Greens Norton garden in South Northamptonshire today and caught nearly fifty birds, the majority being Goldfinches. One of these was already bearing a ring from elsewhere (control). He also caught a Nuthatch which was a garden first and a House Sparrow which is also a scarce visitor. A male Blackcap was feeding on apples there.

Some more bird ringing at Pitsford Reservoir over the last two days provided 73 captures which included 46 new birds. Fourteen Dunnocks reflected a good breeding year and other birds of 17 species included 9 Tree Sparrows, 8 Yellowhammers, 6 Starlings, 5 Reed Buntings, 3 Song Thrushes, 3 Snipe, 2 Redwings, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Goldcrest, a Pied Wagtail and a House Sparrow.

We didn't really have time to commit to any birding there but at least one Great White Egret was present today and a drake Smew was picked out in the Scaldwell Bay.

Birds visible at Blueberry Farm, Maidwell this afternoon included a Barn Owl, fifteen Red Kites and eight Stonechats (Short-eared Owl reported).


Neil M

Common Snipe. The upper
bird was considered to be an
adult, the lower bird a bird
hatched this year.
Images courtesy of Neil Hasdell.

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