Saturday, 12 March 2016

Ringing in the fog


Early morning fog/mist with accompanying moisture and coldness made for a charmless start to the morning, but by late morning the visibility improved and the temperature came up with weak sunshine and a very light breeze.

Northants Ringing Group members were in action at Linford Lakes on the outskirts of Milton Keynes this morning and worked with a Beginner Birdwatching Course to present and explain some of the salient features of some of the birds captured and ringed. Despite the initial unpleasant weather, good siting of the nets provided 89 captures which included 13 crisp Goldfinches, a Lesser Redpoll, a Siskin, a Goldcrest and a Redwing amongst more routine fare.

Four ringers were active at Pitsford Reservoir today at two different subsites, finally netting 92 birds of 16 species. The highlights included 15 Yellowhammers (14 new birds), six Reed Buntings and four Tree Sparrows. Other birds on-site this morning included an early morning Curlew, an Oystercatcher, a Kingfisher, a male Brambling, a Chiffchaff and two Grey Wagtails. Nearby and Jacob Spinks noted a female Brambling in his Scaldwell garden.

Amphibians must have been active today as several Red Kites and Common Buzzards were gathered around the traditional farm pond at Blueberry Farm where they breed. The pond also attracted Little Grebe, a pair of Gadwall and Tufted Ducks and a newly excavated pond near Haselbech continues to attract at least one Oystercatcher and today also a Green Sandpiper.


Neil M



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