Friday, 11 December 2015

Kelmarsh Hall ringing


John Gamble was in Abington Park, Northampton today and noted a Kingfisher, 12 Goosanders, 6 Ring-necked Parakeets and a Grey Wagtail.

A ringing session took place at Kelmarsh Hall today which resulted in something like 118 captures of 16 species. Not surprisingly Blue Tit was the most common bird with 41 birds caught. Of the 29 re-traps, one was a young bird ringed as a nestling at Rabbithill Spinney in May also on the Kelmarsh Estate. Other tits were made up of 20 Great Tits, 6 Coal Tits, a Marsh Tit and 7 Long-tailed Tits.

We also caught a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 9 Dunnocks, 2 Robins, a Redwing, a Fieldfare, 12 Blackbirds (including several likely Continental-type birds), a Kingfisher, 2 Greenfinches, 7 Goldfinches, a Chaffinch and 6 Bullfinches.

One of the Bullfinches was an adult male first caught at the same place in October 2011, this bird now being at least five years old.

Other birds noted on-site included a Grey Wagtail, a few Siskins and a redpoll sp. Despite the cooler conditions today, a couple of Mistle Thrushes were in song first thing this morning.


Neil M

Kingfisher with it's
stickleback prey at
Abington Park.

Courtesy of John Gamble.


Courtesy of Neil Hasdell


Courtesy of Neil Hasdell

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