Friday, 10 March 2017

Friday's offerings...

Hello

Dave Francis presided over a ringing session at the main feed station at Pitsford Reservoir today catching and processing fifty birds made up of 26 new birds and 24 birds previously ringed on-site.

Six Mallard were among the total and one of these birds was originally ringed there six years ago. A Chiffchaff appeared to be a genuine summer migrant, exhibiting pollen and nectar from flowers around it's head, a significant indicator that it has just arrived from warmer climes!

More typical birds of this venue were made up of two Reed Buntings, ten Yellowhammers, two Greenfinches, three Goldfinches, two Chaffinches, two Tree Sparrows, eight Blue Tits, four Great Tits, a Marsh Tit, eight Dunnocks and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Today I spent most of the day at Ditchford Gravel Pits, completing a WeBS count slightly ahead of the core count day. At least three Great White Egrets were on pits west of Ditchford Lane as was a female Wood Duck and three Egyptian Geese. Other birds noted included two Oystercatchers, a Jack Snipe, fifty Common Snipe, a Goosander, three Shelduck, four Little Egrets, four Water Rails, nine Kingfishers, two Grey Wagtails, seven Cetti's Warblers, three Chiffchaffs and a singing Blackcap. An active Mink was the first I've seen there in a long time...

Regards

Neil M


Kingfisher.

Common Snipe.

Chiffchaff.

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