Wednesday, 7 September 2016

The migrants return...


Yesterday afternoon (Tuesday) and a juvenile Marsh Harrier was hunting fields at Harrington Airfield where there were also two Hobbys in attendance plus a family party of Grey Partridge.

Today and ringing sessions at Pitsford Reservoir culminated in the capture of 74 birds, perhaps the most interesting being 10 Tree Sparrows, 2 Treecreepers, a Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warblers, 3 Reed Warblers, 4 Blackcaps, 5 Chiffchaffs and a Kingfisher. An adult Yellow-legged Gull was on it's usual tree stump in the Scaldwell Bay and a Ringed Plover was heard calling whilst flying over south pre-dawn.

A walk in the early morning drizzle at Harrington Airfield this morning was good for a juvenile Ring Ouzel in bushes near to the chippings compound. Two Redstarts were on the old airstrip and a juvenile Peregrine passed over.

A walk along the footpath between Bridle Road, Old and Walgrave provided views of two more Redstarts in the regular field hedgerows plus a Spotted Flycatcher and a Whinchat. Blueberry Farm attracted two Redstarts and two Stonechats and the nearby Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton attracted a juvenile Marsh Harrier and an adult male Peregrine.


Neil M

Treecreepers caught at
Pitsford Reservoir today,
courtesy of Cathy Ryden.

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