Tuesday, 29 November 2016

A cold morning at Pitsford Reservoir...


Dave Francis and team conducted some ringing at Pitsford Reservoir this morning and assessed 57 captures which included 6 new Blackbirds, 4 new Song Thrushes, 2 new Redwings and a re-trap Fieldfare which was first ringed at Pitsford in January 2015 (but has obviously travelled many hundreds of miles since then). Other captures involved two new Marsh Tits, 4 Reed Buntings and a Yellowhammer.

Also this morning a Kingfisher and a pair of Stonechat were in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton and birds south of the causeway at Pitsford Reservoir included two drake Goosanders, a Green Sandpiper, two Grey Wagtails, six Siskins, two redpoll sp and a Little Owl again.

Birds visible at Harrington Airfield this afternoon were eighty Golden Plovers, an immature female Peregrine, two Woodcock and a Short-eared Owl.


Neil M

A close up of a Goldcrest
caught at the week-end at
Harrington Airfield. The dark
 malar stripe extending downwards
 from the base of the bill has a tendency to
 make Goldcrests look sad...

Image courtesy of Cathy Ryden.

An image of Pitsford Reservoir
at dawn on the coldest morning
of the season so far...

Image courtesy of Lynne Barnett.

'Redhead' Smew south of the
causeway at Pitsford Reservoir

Images courtesy of Robin Gossage.

Drake Teal

Drake Shoveler

Both images taken at Pitsford Reservoir
today by Cathy Ryden.

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