Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Baby Swallows!


Yesterday (Tuesday) Jacob saw a male Ruff at Pitsford Reservoir and Eleanor again noted the two singing Grasshopper Warblers in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton.

Today and the Grasshopper Warblers were still reeling away and Eleanor saw her regular pair of Raven at Staverton.

Neil Hasdell notched up the summering Goldeneye, a Green Sandpiper and two Common Sandpipers north of the causeway at Pitsford this morning and my walk around the dam and the Moulton Grange Bay area this afternoon was quiet apart from a really large flock of House Martins and an adult Yellow-legged Gull.

With the dull and rather odd weather conditions today it felt like typical summer day doldrums.

Yet another of John Woollett's Siskins that he ringed in his Astcote garden in the spring of 2016 has turned up, not surprisingly in Scotland again! S122611 refers to a male caught and ringed on 21st March 2016 which on 5th March this year was caught by a ringer operating at Balfron near Stirling in central Scotland, 349 days later and 485km from where initially ringed.

Chris Payne is still busy monitoring breeding Swallows in South Northamptonshire as his images (below) prove...!


Neil M

Swallow nestlings all at
different stages, courtesy
of Chris Payne.

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