Friday, 11 November 2016

Wildlife of a sunny November day


Some ringing at Brixworth Treatment Works today provided 47 captures which surprisingly included just two re-traps (birds ringed on-site before). New birds included 2 Magpies, a Redwing, 3 Grey Wagtails, 3 Pied Wagtails, a Meadow Pipit, 3 Robins, 7 Dunnocks, 7 Wrens, 6 Goldcrests, 3 Blue Tits, 4 Great Tits, a Reed Bunting, 3 Chaffinches and a Goldfinch. Other birds on-site in stunning sunshine included at least one more Grey Wagtail, a Snipe and a Water Rail.

Jim Dunkley paid Ravensthorpe Reservoir a visit today and straightaway connected with two Otters as visible some of the time from the causeway (please see image below).

A Grey Plover was both visible and audible this morning (at about 8am) as it flew around the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton and headed off towards Pitsford Reservoir. Birds seen later in the valley included a pair of Stonechat and a Barn Owl.

Harrington Airfield continues to attract large numbers of thrushes in the bushes and other birds included a female Peregrine, two Bramblings feeding at the concrete track entrance and a covey of about ten Grey Partridges.

Birds on show at Pitsford Reservoir this afternoon in the region of the dam included a Great Northern Diver (in open water between Pintail Bay and The Pines), an adult Yellow-legged Gull, a drake Red-crested Pochard, five Dunlin and a Green Sandpiper.

Who said November was a dull month?


Neil M

Otter at Ravensthorpe Reservoir
courtesy of Jim Dunkley.

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