Monday, 20 February 2017

Phew it's warm!


Sarah and Kenny Kramer tried some more ringing at the Milton Keynes Community Orchard today and netted 18 birds of 8 species which included five Blackbirds, two Song Thrushes and two Redwings. One of the Blackbirds was already bearing a ring which originated in Sweden, so we await details of the initial ringing details with anticipation! Such were the MK day temperatures today, Sarah and Kenny enjoyed Comma and Brimstone butterflies flying around them!

This mild period and relatively high night temperatures ensures that moths are active with local moth(er)s reporting plenty of individuals being attracted to nocturnal moth traps.

Two Great White Egrets were visible in the Scaldwell Bay at Pitsford Reservoir this afternoon and the Kelmarsh Estate woodlands were full of subsonging Redwings. A small party of Siskins were also vocal in Scotland Wood and the damp fields in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton were alive with Fieldfares, Redwings and Starlings...


Neil M

Courtesy of Cathy Ryden.

Song Thrush.
Courtesy of Cathy Ryden.

Courtesy of Jacob Spinks.

Short-eared Owl.
Courtesy of Robin Gossage.

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