Whilst most of us were out and about enjoying the lovely weather , searching for migrants or perhaps catching up with the gardening the ringers were busy at Pitsford and Linford.
Dave Francis reports that at Pitsford there were a steady flow of 38 birds. 15 Yellowhammer, 11 Tree Sparrow, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Blackbird, 2 Robin , and 1 of Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit and Lesser Whitethroat.
Kenny Cramer at Linford reported 43 birds, of which 26 were new birds and 17 retraps of 11 species. Spring migration was in evidence with 11 new Blackcaps and 4 new Sedge Warblers. A new female Cettis Warbler was caught with a well developed brood patch indicating that this species is continuing to successfully colonise the area.
Notable retraps included a female Blackcap ringed 9/7/16, Sedge Warbler and Willow Warbler both ringed 7/5/16. Whilst it is always nice to see returning migrants it is also good to encounter resident old friends such as HHL503 a Long Tailed Tit ringed on the very first session at Linford on 13/4/14 making it at least 4 years old !!
Hope that you find this interesting.