Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Ringing news


An early start this morning with a ringing venture again at Harrington Airfield provided a small mixture of birds but again the thrush family dominated with 18 new Redwings, 2 new Song Thrushes and 3 new Blackbirds. The Fieldfares avoided us and with the berries dwindling so are the thrushes! Birds noted on-site included several Golden Plovers and a single Woodcock.

The Short-eared Owl again showed itself briefly in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton this morning as did one of the pair of Stonechat, and three Woodcock were located at Blueberry Farm.

A walk at Pitsford Reservoir south of the causeway in sunny and warm conditions this afternoon located two pairs of Little Owls, a pair of Raven, a Grey Wagtail and an adult Caspian Gull.

News has reached us of a ringing recovery relating to a Lesser Redpoll which was caught and ringed at Glyn Davies Wood (far west of Northamptonshire) on 29th October 2016. This male bird was re-captured at Castlemorton Common in Worcestershire on 18th November, travelling 69 km in a westerly direction. I wonder where he is now?


Neil M

Male Reed Bunting
Harrington Airfield.
Courtesy of Cathy Ryden.


Kestrel in December sunshine.

Grey Wagtail.

Above images from
Pitsford Reservoir this
afternoon courtesy of
Cathy Ryden.

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