Monday, 14 December 2015

Glyn Davies Wood


A rather intense ringing session took place this morning at Glyn Davies Wood in the far west of the county. This small section of ancient woodland is a gem of a spot and has been owned by the Banbury Ornithological Society for ten or so years. Sadly it seems that the planned high speed rail route is likely to cause significant issues and some of this site will be lost...

Today the reserve warden Mike Lewis kindly assisted us as we processed 158 woodland birds of 13 species, 122 of which were new birds. This total was made up of 75 Blue Tits, 33 Great Tits (but not many juveniles), 13 Long-tailed Tits, 5 Coal Tits, 6 Marsh Tits, 7 Nuthatches, 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 6 Robins, 2 Treecreepers, a Goldcrest, 3 Chaffinches, a Bullfinch and 2 Redwings.

Other birds noted there included 2 Ravens and a handful of Siskins.

Afterwards a brief visit was made to Ravensthorpe Reservoir and the Great White Egret was still present together with 2 Green Sandpipers and a Grey Wagtail.

At Pitsford Reservoir today, Robin Gossage saw the drake Smew in the Holcot Bay (please see images below), and a visit to the dam area at last light provided views of the Red-necked Grebe near the overflow and the adult Caspian Gull in the gull roost.


Neil M


Little Egret

Drake Smew

All images courtesy
of Robin Gossage.

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