Saturday, 29 April 2017

A busy day at Pitsford Reservoir!


The advertised Pitsford Reservoir dawn chorus event was held this morning, starting at 4am! I was very impressed that all participants attended at this unearthly hour and we were not disappointed as the conditions were almost perfect to appreciate the multitude of songs and calls making up the chorus just before and after dawn. It was still, relatively mild and the ground mostly dry as we listened to the early morning calls of Fox, Tawny Owl and predictable early songsters such as Robin, Blackbird and Song Thrush. Other common residents joined in and were joined by the warbler family which included Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap and Garden Warbler.

Early morning sightings included Muntjac, Little Egrets and a couple of bats and the provision of muffins, pastries, fruit and hot drinks made it a very convivial affair! Thank-you to the volunteers from the Pitsford team and Mischa Cross for organising the event!

Also this morning at Pitsford, Jacob Spinks was conducting a Common Bird Census and whilst doing so located a splendid singing Wood Warbler in the Walgrave Bay, which spent the early morning in waterside trees near to the Old Walgrave Road.

Twenty-four birds were caught and quickly processed during a two and half hour ringing session at Christies Copse (in the Walgrave Bay) and included two Willow Tits, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Willow Warblers, a Blackcap and a Garden Warbler. One of the Willow Warblers was first ringed in the Scaldwell Bay as an adult male on 27th April 2015 and the Garden Warbler was first ringed as a juvenile and also in the Scaldwell Bay on 8th August 2013.

Other birds noted at Pitsford today included a dozen Common Terns, an Arctic Tern, a pair of Shelduck, as many as five Little Egrets, a female Redstart, a Little Ringed Plover and two Common Sandpipers.

Eight or nine Wheatears were well spread between the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton and Blueberry Farm this afternoon...


Neil M

Wood Warbler at
Pitsford Reservoir today...

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