Saturday, 5 December 2015

Wild weather!


Recent bird ringing recoveries associated with activities in Northamptonshire include a Tree Sparrow that was initially ringed at Stanford Reservoir on 10th September this year which was then caught at Pitsford Reservoir less than a month later on 3rd October. This is one of a number of Tree Sparrows over the years that have moved between the dedicated feed stations at both reservoirs.

On 28th June 2011 a juvenile Blackcap was caught and ringed at Wendover in Buckinghamshire and was caught again as an adult female on the outskirts of Milton Keynes on 3rd October this year. This four year old bird will have travelled far further than Bucks but these records suggest that a locally reared bird has returned to the same region as a breeder. Presumably she was bulking up on berries on this relatively late date in preparation for a migration south.

A Goldfinch trapped at Greens Norton on 23rd November this year had first been ringed as a first year female near a place called Stenigot in Lincolnshire on 16th February 2013 making this bird three years old. These records tend to suggest that this bird winters successfully in the UK but I wonder where she goes to breed?

Eleanor was over at Staverton again today and saw at least four Ravens. On her way back she popped in to Daventry Country Park and saw a squadron of ten Goosanders, one or two Green Sandpiper(s), half a dozen flying redpoll sp and large numbers of gulls included a first year Mediterranean Gull.

Birds visible from the causeway at Ravensthorpe Reservoir included the Great White Egret and a Green Sandpiper.

I flushed up a Woodcock at Harrington Airfield this morning but didn't see anything else there of note. Kelmarsh Hall hosted half a dozen Siskins and two Lesser Redpolls remained feeding on seed heads in Scotland Wood. A single Grey Wagtail was present at Brixworth Sewer Works and birds visible from the Sailing Club at Pitsford Reservoir this afternoon included the stunning adult Caspian Gull again and a Grey Wagtail.


Neil M
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