Tuesday, 25 July 2017

July ringing


A ringing session at Pitsford Reservoir which included a little bit of yesterday evening and this morning yielded 75 birds of 18 species.

Blackcaps were the most common species caught with 18 birds, one of which is a female which is at least seven years old, very old for this species and an active brood patch indicates she is still a fertile bird. Other warblers included 8 Chiffchaffs, 2 Reed Warblers, a Garden Warbler, a Whitethroat and a Willow Warbler. Three new Coal Tits, three new Treecreepers, a Goldcrest, a Song Thrush and a new Tawny Owl added more diversity.

Other birds noted at the reservoir today included several Marsh Tits, a Siskin, a Green Sandpiper, 10 Common Sandpipers, 2 Dunlin and a Redshank.

Also today, John Woollett, Chris Payne and Helen Franklin teamed up to check Swallow nests in the south of the county and ringed 30-40 nestlings.

A Long-tailed Tit recovery relates to a female bird ringed at Potton near Sandy, Bedfordshire on 16th April 2016 which was then caught at Howe Park Wood, Milton Keynes on 1st July this year, 441 days later and 41km WSW from where initially captured.

Birds in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton this afternoon included two individual Redstarts in different hedges, a singing Grasshopper Warbler and a Spotted Flycatcher. A Roe Deer showed this evening, the second time in a week.


Neil M

Blackcaps, courtesy
of Robin Gossage.

Nestling Swallows
courtesy of Stuart and Wendy Andrews.

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