Sunday, 18 September 2016

Stortons Ringing


More bird ringing at Stortons Gravel Pits this morning provided 51 captures, 44 of which were new birds. These included 8 Reed Warblers, 6 Blackcaps, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 10 Chiffchaffs and 3 Bullfinches. John Woollett reports that they have now caught 66 new Chiffchaffs on-site this year which is up on last year and more Reed Warblers too.

Other members of the Northants Ringing Group headed west today on the first stage of travelling over to Skokholm, an island off the Pembrokeshire coast. The weather conditions suggest we will successfully land on Tuesday, the fourth year in a row when members of the NRG have contributed to the migration watch and bird ringing on the island.

A stop at Symond's Yat overlooking the River Wye was a good move, the stunning scenery looking even better in the strong and warm sunshine. Two Goshawks were the avian highlight, fairly brief views of an adult female in an autumn display flight and a juvenile female grappling with the local Common Buzzards a good few hundred feet up! A pair of adult Peregrine, a juvenile Hobby and the usual Nuthatch, Mandarin Ducks and Ravens made up for an enjoyable wildlife spectacle.


Neil M

Chiffchaffs. One of the warblers
seemingly currently on the increase...

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