Friday, 1 April 2016

Reservoir birding...


At Pitsford Reservoir some ringing at the Old Scaldwell Road Feeding Station yesterday afternoon and for a few hours this morning caught a mixture of birds which included 8 Yellowhammers, 5 Reed Buntings, 4 Mallard, 3 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Tree Sparrows and singles of Treecreeper, Goldfinch and Lesser Redpoll. Other birds noted here today included a Curlew, an Oystercatcher and a calling Lesser Spotted Woodpecker at the very back of the Scaldwell Bay (courtesy of Jacob Spinks). Yesterday afternoon saw an Osprey fishing in the Scaldwell Bay for quite some time, but no apparent return today.

Summer migrants at Ravensthorpe Reservoir today included several Chiffchaffs, a couple of Swallows and Sand Martin; winter birds included a couple of Siskin and redpoll sp. At least one pair of Grey Heron is attempting to nest here this year. A singing Blackcap and a couple of Chiffchaffs were at Brixworth Sewer Treatment Works.

The southerly winds forecast for the weekend should provide a new influx of migrants (hopefully)!


Neil M

Male Lesser Redpoll
caught, ringed and
photographed by Chris
Payne earlier this week.

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