Thursday, 31 December 2015

New Year's Eve


This morning Eleanor grabbed Tor the hound and took him for a run around the south section of Pitsford Reservoir. Not sure what Tor thought of that but Eleanor saw some birds which included the Red-necked Grebe back at it's original position between the dam and the Moulton Grange Bay. Three Great White Egrets were standing together in the Catwalk Bay with two Little Egrets and a fourth Great White Egret was north of the causeway. A pair of Goosander were in the Pintail Bay and two Ravens flew over the reservoir.

A ringing session was completed at Scotland Wood on the Kelmarsh Estate today which provided an opportunity of assessing 108 birds of 14 species, 50 of which were new birds and 58 were re-traps from previous efforts. Highlights included 12 Coal Tits, 4 Marsh Tits, 15 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Treecreepers, a Goldcrest, 3 Nuthatches, a Redwing, 3 Blackbirds, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers and 8 Chaffinches. Other birds seen in the wood included up to 6 Woodcock, a few each of Siskin and redpoll sp and a Willow Tit.

Happy New Year!

Neil M

Great White Egret at
Pitsford Reservoir

Lapwing on the causeway
at Pitsford Reservoir

Above two images courtesy of Jacob Spinks.


Courtesy of Robin Gossage

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