Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Pitsford in winter sunshine...

Hello

A small team of us completed the WeBS count at Pitsford Reservoir today in pleasant conditions and there were plenty of wildfowl present. Scarcer birds included a drake Smew in the Walgrave Bay, three Great White Egrets, ten Little Egrets, the Slavonian Grebe by the Holly Tree again, a pair of Red-crested Pochard, seven Pintail, a drake Goosander, three Kingfishers, a Curlew, two Dunlin, a Redshank, a Green Sandpiper and thirty-seven Snipe. Other birds included a Raven and a Chiffchaff.

Dave Francis completed some more ringing on-site today with 49 captures which included 11 Yellowhammers, 6 Goldfinches, 4 Chaffinches, 3 Reed Buntings, a Tree Sparrow, a Marsh Tit and singles of Song Thrush, Fieldfare, Starling and Moorhen.

Regards

Neil M



Slavonian Grebe
Pitsford Reservoir.
Courtesy of Eleanor.




Adult Great Black-backed Gull
at Pitsford Reservoir courtesy of
Robin Gossage. This bird was
watched stealing fish from Cormorants
as they were surfacing with larger
specimens. 

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