Monday, 18 April 2016

Harrington Airfield revisited!


A little more ringing at Harrington Airfield this morning in surprisingly cold, grey and breezy conditions didn't produce many fresh birds. Three new Willow Warblers were caught and ringed and another bird from 2015 was caught too, the fourth returning individual during the last two days. This last individual was ringed as a juvenile at the same site on 9th August 2015 so it is almost certainly returning to the same few bushes it first experienced as a freshly-fledged bird. Not bad for an eight gram migrant that has migrated to West Africa and back!

Other birds processed included a Chiffchaff, a Lesser Redpoll, a Song Thrush and of course some more stunning Yellowhammers.

Birds noted on the old airfield included the adult male Ring Ouzel, still religiously feeding on the wet field ruts next to the shooting wall and viewable from the concrete track. At least four Wheatears were still present and a further trickle of overhead migrants included Meadow Pipits, Yellow Wagtails, Swallows and singles of Tree Pipit, Fieldfare and a vocal and low Little Ringed Plover.


Neil M

Collared Dove

Male House Sparrow

Female Bullfinch

All images courtesy
of Chris Payne, taken
 whilst conducting ringing in
South Northants this past week...

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