Saturday, 29 October 2016

Glyn Davies Wood


A complete change of venue this morning as a small team of us ventured over to the small but special Glyn Davies Wood in the extreme west of the county. This relict woodland reserve is an occasional winter ringing site and is managed by the warden Mike Lewis of the Banbury Ornithological Society. We set up some mist nets before dawn but the three or so calling Tawny Owls evaded capture and we could hear a calling Barn Owl patrolling just outside the wood.

We went on to catch 68 birds, the composition of the catch clearly influenced by the very mild conditions. The most common bird we caught was Goldcrest with 26 birds being ringed. Other birds of note included two Lesser Redpolls, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Treecreeper, five Coal Tits and two Marsh Tits.

A male Brambling, a couple of Siskins and a Woodcock were also present in the wood.

A pair of Stonechat were on the south side of the Blueberry Farm complex this afternoon and two Ravens were again present at Staverton.

A late visit to the dam at Pitsford Reservoir this evening provided views of an adult Caspian Gull and an adult Yellow-legged Gull.


Neil M


Lesser Redpoll.
Images from the Pitsford
ringing session yesterday
courtesy of Lynne Barnett.

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