Tuesday, 8 March 2016

A cold and mizzly spring day...


Eleanor noted a Raven and a Barn Owl in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton this morning and our garden continues to attract small numbers of Yellowhammers and Reed Buntings.

Eleanor took a good walk around the Harlestone Heath complex and estimated 80-100 Siskins in the woodland, but didn't see anything else of note. The Siskins were concentrated around the A428 entrance and the railway sidings.

At Pitsford Reservoir an Oystercatcher was present in the Scaldwell Bay, and the dam-end this afternoon continued to host the Ruddy Shelduck and Green Sandpiper with the gull roost attracting an adult Kittiwake and a first year Mediterranean Gull.


Neil M

This Great Spotted Woodpecker
was caught and ringed at Pitsford
Reservoir on 29th Feb and exhibited
aberrant feather markings to the
secondaries, primaries and greater
and primary coverts. All the feathers
should be black or brownish black rather
than the silvery/frosty appearance as
depicted by this individual.

Image courtesy of Helen Franklin.

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