Sunday, 12 June 2016

Wet and dank Sunday!


Eric Graham has been continuing to put the hours in at the Titchmarsh Reserve at Thrapston, with visits both yesterday and today. Yesterday (Saturday) and a Hobby and a calling Cuckoo were among the highlights, with the weather conditions providing good opportunities for the Mayflies to hatch much to the delight of the local dragonflies! Today (Sunday) in poorer conditions, Eric counted eight singing Cetti's Warblers and saw large numbers of hirundines and Swifts. The Cuckoo was still calling, two Little Egrets were present and a Grey Heron was watched predating the gull chicks on long island.

Eleanor saw a Hobby at Blueberry Farm this morning but otherwise had a quiet day. John Woollett was ringing at Stortons Gravel Pits but the unforecast rain caused the session to conclude after only a few hours. Still a nice collection of new birds made it worthwhile and included a fine male Linnet which is only ringed in relatively low numbers in the county.

A ringing session on the outskirts of Brixworth at the village sewer treatment works provided sixty captures including 38 House Martins, 3 Swallows, 2 Grey Wagtails, 11 Pied Wagtails, a Carrion Crow and 2 Magpies. A Hobby whizzed through here too. One of the House Martins was first ringed at Pitsford Reservoir in August 2014.


Neil M

House Martin, an image
of a juvenile in 2014.

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