Saturday, 27 February 2016

New arrivals and old friends...


A ringing session at Kelmarsh Hall this morning provided 84 captures of 13 species made up of a Blackbird, 4 Robins, 5 Dunnocks, 2 Treecreepers, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Nuthatch, 28 Blue Tits, 5 Coal Tits, 11 Great Tits, 9 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Greenfinches, 6 Chaffinches and 9 Goldfinches. One of the Blue Tits was a bird bearing a ring from elsewhere (classed as a 'control') and one of the Goldfinches was first ringed at the same site in December 2012, being aged as an adult then. This means that this small finch will be at least five years old this year.

Other birds noted at Kelmarsh Hall included a Kingfisher, a Grey Wagtail, a Siskin and a Raven.

Eleanor noted the pair of Raven at Staverton again today and watched six Goosanders at Daventry Country Park.

Birds in our small garden at Hanging Houghton this afternoon included an influx of 12 Reed Buntings plus two male Bramblings and two Yellowhammers.

A peruse of the gull roost at Pitsford Reservoir this afternoon identified a big influx of Herring Gulls and in amongst them was a striking first year Glaucous Gull, which from the size was perhaps a female. A near-adult Caspian Gull was also present in the biting north-easterly breeze and a Green Sandpiper was again on the pools below the dam.


Neil M

Can you spot the two Ruff
in the Black-tailed Godwit flock?

Bewick's Swan

These images are the last from
the Slimbridge trip of last Sunday...

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