Thursday, 14 April 2016

The warblers have arrived!


Debbie and Eric Graham were active around the Titchmarsh Reserve at Thrapston GP today, coming across large numbers of singing Willow Warblers, Blackcaps and double-figure Cetti's Warblers. Sedge Warblers were present too and a Reed Warbler was singing near South Hide. And with eight Little Egrets and lots of Common Terns and hirundines present it was obviously a very enjoyable jaunt!

Eleanor located four Wheatears at Harrington Airfield today but couldn't find any Redstarts or the Ring Ouzel.

Gary Pullen notched up a Black Redstart at Byfield village briefly this morning and his diligent and almost daily visit to Daventry Country Park yielded an Arctic Tern and a Common Sandpiper.


Neil M

Lesser Redpoll


Interestingly this bird bears a 
ring and although the full ring
number cannot be read, the part
numbers suggest this bird might
well have been ringed at Pitsford
Reservoir earlier this year. More evidence
that ground feeding at one site might
well be having a beneficial effect on the
Yellowhammer population within the
county over a larger area than first imagined.
Most Yellowhammers appear to be quite
sedentary but hopefully are capable of foraging
over quite a large area.

Tree Sparrow

All the above are garden birds
as expertly photographed by
Cathy Ryden.

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