Saturday, 21 May 2016

Young birds about...


A visit to Staverton this morning was good to confirm the pair of Raven bred successfully with at least two fledged young. A visit to Daventry Country Park provided fantastic views of a Red Fox family coming down to drink and the Common Tern flock numbered at least fifty birds.

Nothing of note was seen at Borough Hill Country Park but a circular walk around Ravensthorpe Reservoir yielded three drake Mandarin Ducks again, a family party of Grey Wagtail on the dam and two Spotted Flycatchers. Another Spotted Flycatcher was noted at Welford Reservoir this evening (a favoured venue).

A quick check of the ringing captures for the Northants Ringing Group this year indicates that members had processed over 5,000 birds in the county by the middle of May. This includes well over 200 Siskins, over 200 Goldfinches and over 400 Yellowhammers. A number of recoveries have been received during the last couple of weeks, particularly of the very nomadic Siskin, and these details will be documented in due course.

More images have been added to the tabs 'Robin's Wildlife Images' and 'Dave Jackson Images' for your perusal. My thanks to all the ardent wildlife photographers for their contributions which undoubtedly enhances this blog.


Neil M

Blackbird nest containing
 second brood nestlings. A few
Swallows already have sizable
young in their nests and today a
brood of Coal Tits were active in
our garden (and pretty bedraggled
by the end of the day).

Image courtesy of Chris Payne.

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