Saturday, 7 May 2016

It's warming up!


Eric Graham was over at the Titchmarsh reserve at Thrapston GP this morning and enjoyed watching a Nightingale providing a singing lesson to the many warblers now in residence. Other birds included Black Terns and a pair of Egyptian Geese.

Kenny Cramer enjoyed a quality ringing session at Linford Lakes on the outskirts of Milton Keynes with 42 birds captured and processed which included 31 new ones. Warblers dominated with three Willow Warblers, two Chiffchaffs, eight Blackcaps, four Garden Warblers, seven Reed Warblers and two Sedge Warblers. One of the Garden Warblers was already ringed from elsewhere...

A Banbury Ornithological Society Long Day Count was completed in SP54 today which is the 10km square in South Northants north of Middleton Cheney. A total of 68 bird species were recorded which included 3-4 Spotted Flycatchers, Kingfishers at two sites, a singing Grey Wagtail, a Raven with young, Tawny and Little Owls and a foraging Willow Tit. The early morning start also provided good viewing of scarcer mammals, notably Noctule-type Bats, Roe Deer and Water Vole.

This afternoon, a single Black Tern was visible from the causeway at Pitsford Reservoir, flying with Common Terns in the Scaldwell Bay, and a singing Grasshopper Warbler remains in the Hill Field at Blueberry Farm.


Neil M

Blue Tit.
Common but stunning!

Garden Warbler

Ravensthorpe Reservoir.

All images courtesy of Cathy Ryden.

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