Wednesday, 24 August 2016

August ringing


Kenny Cramer initiated some more ringing at Linford Lakes (Milton Keynes) on Sunday (21st), catching 60 birds of 14 species in the shelter of the foliage. Of these 46 were new birds not previously ringed and the bulk of the overall catch was made up of warblers with 12 Reed Warblers, 3 Sedge Warblers, a Whitethroat, 4 Willow Warblers and 10 Chiffchaffs. Other birds included 2 Bullfinches, a Treecreeper and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. Passage migration was evident with a build-up of both Sand and House Martins.

John Woollett was active at Stortons Gravel Pits today (24th), catching 45 new birds and 11 re-traps and processing a control Reed Warbler. Other birds included 10 Blackcaps, 2 Garden Warblers, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Sedge Warblers, another 4 Reed Warblers, 10 Chiffchaffs and 3 Whitethroats. A roost of some 800 Starlings was evident in the reed-bed but no sign of any Swallow roosts which occurs in some years.

Dave Francis worked the bushes around the Old Scaldwell Road Feeding Station at Pitsford Reservoir today, catching 36 birds which included 10 Tree Sparrows, 6 Chaffinches, 6 Robins, 2 Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap, a Swallow and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. Efforts at this location during the last few weeks have provided the capture of 57 Tree Sparrows, the majority of them juveniles hatched this year.


Neil M

Juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker.


Ooops a daisy!
Juvenile Moorhen.

Male Yellow Wagtail.

All images courtesy of
Cathy Ryden.

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