Thursday, 9 June 2016

Pitsford update


A ringing session took place at Pitsford Reservoir today as part of the Constant Effort project running on the reserve. This provided 46 captures of 16 species and thankfully some 16 juvenile birds (hatched this year).

Birds caught included an adult female Willow Tit showing signs of a very recent breeding effort, a Willow Warbler, five Chiffchaffs, a Reed Warbler, two Treecreepers and two Great Spotted Woodpeckers. A Mallard was a bit of a surprise in a standard mist net!

The Ruddy Shelduck remains in the grounds of the Sailing Club this afternoon where it may be beginning it's annual moult.

A boat trip yesterday to the tern rafts in the Scaldwell Bay confirmed 34 nests now, with little evidence of predation to date.


Neil M

Marsh and Willow Tit side by side!
Similar aren't they? The Willow
Tit is the one on the right...(honest)!

Common Tern.
Hopefully they will do well
at Pitsford this year...

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