Sunday, 10 January 2016

Ditchford WeBS count


Kenny Cramer presided at a ringing session today at Linford Lakes on the outskirts of Milton Keynes and caught 74 birds which included an influx of new tits, and finches in the shape of 3 Chaffinches, a Lesser Redpoll and 8 Siskins.

John Woollett and team enjoyed their first ringing session of the year at Stortons Gravel Pits today catching over fifty birds which included 13 Reed Buntings and a Siskin. The ringers on-site heard what may have been Bearded Tits calling from the reeds.

Jacob Spinks saw a male Stonechat near the Holly Tree at Pitsford Reservoir today and Pete Gilbert witnessed a flock of 150+ Golden Plovers at Harrington Airfield.

Cathy Ryden was at Ravensthorpe Reservoir today and noted the regular Great White Egret, a Raven and a Grey Wagtail. Earlier observers had apparently witnessed five Otters on show!

We undertook an early WeBS count at Ditchford Gravel Pits today in flooded and very muddy conditions! The Great Northern Diver was still on the Watersports Pit west of Ditchford Lane and a Great White Egret was on the Viaduct Pit before flying towards Wellingborough.

Yet another Firecrest was discovered this afternoon, this time contained within a tit flock between the first and second pit east of Ditchford Lane. Other birds noted on the complex included 5 Goosanders, 3 Egyptian Geese, 3 Kingfishers, 8 Cetti's Warblers, 5 Chiffchaffs and 4 Grey Wagtails. A freshly-dead Grass Snake had presumably been flooded out from hibernation.


Neil M

Male Stonechat at
Pitsford Reservoir.
Courtesy of Jacob Spinks

Greylag Geese
Ditchford GP

First year Great Black-backed Gull
over Ditchford Gravel Pits.

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