Sunday, 19 February 2017

Early spring Sunday


Jacob wandered around the reserve at Pitsford Reservoir in his continued effort at finding new birds for his patchwork challenge and found a new bird - a House Sparrow! Other birds included the Red-necked Grebe, the White-fronted Goose, two Great White Egrets, a drake Pintail, a drake Red-crested Pochard, a second calendar year Yellow-legged Gull, a Green Sandpiper, two Redshanks, five Siskins and four Marsh Tits.

Eric Graham returned to the Titchmarsh Reserve today and located nine Little Egrets and three Redpolls. John Woollett and team committed to some ringing at Stortons Gravel Pits today and caught 25 birds which included a Redwing and five Reed Buntings. Two Ravens were over Astcote this afternoon.

A wetlands bird census at Ditchford Gravel Pits today was a day slogging through the mud in very spring-like temperatures. An adult drake Scaup was on pits west of Ditchford Lane and two Great White Egrets were present (Viaduct Pit and the Wilsons Pits complex). Other birds included six Little Egrets, two Oystercatchers, a Jack Snipe, 39 Common Snipe, three Goosanders, one or two Shelduck, five Water Rails, two Chiffchaffs, seven Cetti's Warblers, two Stonechats and three Grey Wagtails.


Neil M

Drake Scaup.

Great Crested Grebe.

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