Friday, 4 March 2016

Siskins and more Siskins!


Kim Robinson was ringing for a short time at Great Brington yesterday and captured forty birds, the majority being Blue Tits. A Sparrowhawk was in attendance and as additional birds of farmland and wood move in to our gardens so these raptors will follow... Kim also noted two Ravens overhead.

John Woollett caught 23 Siskins in his Astcote garden yesterday, one of which was already bearing a ring from elsewhere.

Neil Hasdell was again at Summer Leys Nature Reserve today and saw the Great White Egret, a Scaup, the female Stonechat and plenty of Siskins.

Nearby Eleanor was at Sywell Country Park and saw 70 Siskins around the car park and a presumed different flock of 50+ in trees in one of the bays. Other birds included several redpoll sp, a Brambling and a Raven. Whilst at the popular Beckworth Emporium, Eleanor saw three Goosanders fly over.

A Brambling and at least seven Reed Buntings visited our garden at Hanging Houghton this morning and a brief visit to Brixworth Sewage Treatment Works this afternoon provided views of a Chiffchaff, three Grey Wagtails and a rather odd observation of a Woodcock which flew around the site a couple of times!

Finally, whilst I was filling up bird feeders at the Old Scaldwell Road, four Bewick's Swans flew over Pitsford Reservoir at 5.25pm, calling as they headed north...


Neil M

Siskins on Alder at
 Summer Leys NR
 courtesy of Neil Hasdell.

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