Sunday, 22 January 2017

Stanwick Lakes


The bird ringing demonstration at Stanwick Lakes today was successful with plenty of people enjoying the spectacle of birds close at hand even if the initial day temperature was minus five centigrade! About a hundred birds were caught and processed all made up of common birds of eleven species, perhaps the most noteworthy being a Redwing, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers and several Goldcrests. Other birds on-site included up to seven Goosanders, a Snipe, a couple of Water Rails, a Chiffchaff, a Brambling and a Siskin.

The Short-eared Owls were playing hard to get at Neville's Lodge near Finedon and were seen very late afternoon when somebody accidentally flushed up to six birds. Up until then the birds had frustratingly kept hidden on the ground with no apparent hunting or flying around.

Harrington Airfield hosted about fifty Golden Plovers this morning and a Robin couldn't wait for the bird food to be dispensed and landed on the bucket rim whilst Eleanor was walking along! A pair of Grey Partridge were in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton.


Neil M

Long-tailed Tit.

Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Blue Tit.

All images taken recently at Summer Leys
Nature Reserve by Robin Gossage. All these
 species put in an appearance at today's ringing
demonstration at Stanwick Lakes.

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