Friday, 28 October 2016

Pitsford birds


A ringing session in the Scaldwell Bay at Pitsford Reservoir proved useful with 86 birds of 17 species being handled. The local Tawny Owl turned up in the nets and we can track this individual back a good number of years now and she is in excess of 12 years old! Other birds included 5 Blackbirds, 9 Redwings, a Song Thrush, 23 Long-tailed Tits, 13 Goldcrests, a Treecreeper, 2 Bullfinches, 2 Lesser Redpolls and singles of both Marsh and Willow Tit. A couple of Grey Wagtails were around the trapping area with another regular individual at the Sailing Club.

Other birds noted at Pitsford Res today included two Great White Egrets in the Scaldwell Bay plus eleven Red-crested Pochard, plenty of Pintail, three Green Sandpipers and a small party of Siskins. A calling Water Pipit flew over in a westerly direction at 11.40am. The evening gull roost provided views of two adult Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Caspian Gull.

Two pairs of Stonechat were west of Hanging Houghton between the Brampton Valley Way and the Gamboro' Plantation this afternoon.


Neil M

Willow Tit

Lapwing. Fewer birds than ever
seem to spend their time in the
fields of Northamptonshire, and
the numbers are going down at
Pitsford Reservoir too...

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