Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Pitsford ringing


Dave Francis presided over a very successful ringing session at Pitsford Reservoir, finishing at lunch-time today. Again the Old Scaldwell Road Feeding Station was the venue and Dave and Lynne Barnett processed 106 birds between them of 16 species. 

Sixty-nine of these were new birds and the bigger birds included two Mallard, a Coot and a Tufted Duck. Smaller captures included 45 Yellowhammers, 7 Reed Buntings, 6 Tree Sparrows, 3 Goldfinches, 8 Chaffinches, 3 Greenfinches, a Treecreeper, a Redwing and 2 Starlings. This brings the new Yellowhammer total for this year at this location to 148 birds, and with plenty of individuals from previous years still being attracted to the broadcast seed it is possible that we may be supporting between 200 - 300 birds of this threatened farmland bunting.

A far more modest ringing session at Orton this morning provided just 33 captures which included 27 Yellowhammers from a flock of at least a hundred birds present in untreated stubble fields and supplemented with artificial feeding.

Birds visible from the Sailing Club at Pitsford Reservoir this evening included an adult Caspian Gull, one or two first year Mediterranean Gull(s), the regular Ruddy Shelduck and a Grey Wagtail.


Neil M

Drake Bufflehead

Drake Redhead

Female Lesser Scaup

Drake Ring-necked Duck

Female Canvasback

Images of  captive near-arctic ducks
from Slimbridge. This is possibly the
best time of year to check out our local
wildfowl for a vagrant from across 'The
Pond', so no harm in a reminder of
what they look like!

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