Tuesday, 22 March 2016

The second day of spring!

Hello

Chris Payne enjoyed an excellent ringing session at Bradden today, catching 75 birds. This total included a good haul of finches - 22 Goldfinches, 8 Chaffinches, 5 Greenfinches and 2 Siskins. Also 6 new Coal Tits, a new Great Spotted Woodpecker and a re-trap Marsh Tit. A Common Buzzard hit one of the nets but didn't ensnare long enough to be caught!

Kenny Cramer presided at a ringing session at Linford Lakes on the outskirts of Milton Keynes on Sunday, netting 27 birds which included a stunning male Bullfinch, a Redwing, three Blackbirds, two Goldcrests and two Treecreepers.

Jacob Spinks was at Pitsford Reservoir this evening, seeing two Sand Martins, a Rock Pipit and a Grey Wagtail around the dam. The Ruddy Shelduck was present too.

Ian Dobson witnessed a mega Starling roost this evening at the Ford site on the outskirts of Daventry. As many as 100,000 birds roosted in the conifers within the grounds there, the murmuration beforehand was apparently very spectacular!

Eleanor was at Harrington Airfield this morning and saw 8 Grey Partridges, a Barn Owl, a female Peregrine, a Raven and ca50 Golden Plovers.

Sywell Country Park hosted a drake Red-crested Pochard, a Little Egret, a Cetti's Warbler, 2 Grey Wagtails, a pair of Stonechat and ca50 Siskins.

Blueberry Farm attracted a Barn Owl, a female Peregrine (presumably the same bird from Harrington) and a Woodcock. Garden birds here at Hanging Houghton included four Bramblings still, 12+ Reed Buntings, 6 Yellowhammers and a Tree Sparrow.

Regards

Neil M



Male House Sparrow.

Courtesy of Cathy Ryden.

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