Wednesday, 23 March 2016

A dull and still Wednesday...


Dave Francis completed a period of ringing at Pitsford Reservoir today, concentrating his efforts at the Old Scaldwell Road Feeding Station. This resulted in the capture of eighty birds which included an amazing fifty-nine new individuals. As in all previous efforts at this site this year, Yellowhammers dominated with 37 birds of which 30 were new. This means that 193 new Yellowhammers have been ringed here so far this calendar year.

Other birds included 12 Reed Buntings, 12 Goldfinches, 8 Tree Sparrows, 3 Greenfinches, a Chiffchaff and a Woodpigeon. A noisy Oystercatcher was noted in the Scaldwell Bay.

A much more modest ringing session at Brixworth Sewer Treatment Works today provided just 36 birds which included four Pied Wagtails, a Grey Wagtail, four Goldfinches, two Bullfinches, a Reed Bunting and three re-trap Great Spotted Woodpeckers. Up to five Grey Wagtails were on-site plus three Chiffchaffs, a Snipe and nearby a flock of about 200 Golden Plovers were in fields between Brixworth and Creaton.

Ian Dobson watched a much smaller roosting flock of Starlings at the Ford site at Daventry this afternoon, but the still impressive numbers were sufficient to attract a marauding female Sparrowhawk.

Blueberry Farm this morning provided views of a Barn Owl, a Woodcock and fifty Golden Plovers, with a Barn Owl in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton again this afternoon.


Neil M

Male Stonechat


Above two images
courtesy of Cathy Ryden.

Grey Wagtail

Courtesy of Chris Payne.

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