Monday, 9 January 2017

Our most common raptors


Two ringing sessions took place yesterday (Sunday), with efforts at Linford Lakes providing 42 captures which included 22 new birds. They were made up of 5 Robins, a Dunnock, 2 Wrens, 12 Great Tits, 17 Blue Tits, 2 Long-tailed Tits, a Song Thrush, a Blackbird and a Goldcrest. Stortons Gravel Pits provided 46 captures of which 33 were new birds including 2 Redwings. The re-traps included a six year old Robin.

Today and John Hunt reports that a pair of Egyptian Geese were looking rather maternal at Oundle Marina and he noted 10 Siskins at nearby Barnwell Country Park.

I spent much of today whizzing around the wild bird feeding stations in the centre of the county, dispensing food in readiness for the apparent change in temperatures forecast for later in the week. I didn't see any birds of note during my travels...


Neil M


Male Kestrel.

Common Buzzard.

Steve Bennison took a stroll
around Kingsthorpe Meadow
yesterday morning and was pleased
to see and photograph our three
most common raptors.


Image courtesy of
Robin Gossage.

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