Wednesday, 21 December 2016



Jacob Spinks was out at Pitsford Reservoir this afternoon and managed a good series of observations which included a Great White Egret, two drake Smew in the Walgrave Bay, a Green Sandpiper, a Woodcock, a Chiffchaff and two Ravens.

The pair of Stonechat remain in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton and the Golden Plover flock at Harrington Airfield today numbered one hundred and twenty.

We have received notification of another ringing recovery, this time a Chiffchaff first ringed at Stortons Gravel Pits on the outskirts of Northampton. This is one of those species which appears to be on the increase in the UK and the BTO's preliminary figures suggest it is the second most common bird to have been ringed in 2016 (second only to Blue Tit)!

This young bird was ringed at Stortons on 2nd October this year and then caught again at Landguard Bird Observatory on the Suffolk coast. This bird travelled 158km in eight days, progressing in a ESE direction.


Neil M

The race of this particular
bird is questionable but almost
certainly not the British
race 'collybita'.

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