Sunday, 23 July 2017

Ringing on a Sunday


Kenny Cramer and team were busy ringing at Linford Lakes this morning, braving a damp start. They had a very successful session by catching 78 birds of 22 species which only included 6 birds previously ringed. At this time of year of course many of the new birds would have been hatched this year.

The totals were 14 Reed Warblers, a superb 8 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Sedge Warblers, a Garden Warbler, 9 Blackcaps, a Willow Warbler, 3 Whitethroats, 7 Wrens, 4 Dunnocks, 3 Robins, 3 Great Tits, 3 Blue Tits, 2 Long-tailed Tits, a Treecreeper, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Kingfisher, a Reed Bunting, 2 Bullfinches, 4 Chaffinches, 2 Greenfinches, 2 Song Thrushes and 2 Blackbirds.

A much more modest ringing session took place this afternoon at Brixworth Treatment Works and included five Magpies and eight Grey Wagtails (an estimated ten birds on-site today). One of these wagtails was first ringed here in January 2014 and is at least four years old. A Hobby was also seen.

The fields on the ridge between Walgrave village and Pitsford Reservoir (now a traditional migration stop-over site for Redstarts, chats etc) were checked today and the hedgerows there contained two Redstarts and three or four Spotted Flycatchers. This area is best reached by walking from the footpath that runs from Bridle Road in the village of Old, the footpath running alongside some of the best hedges.

Jacob and George Dunbar were at Pitsford Reservoir this morning and located some good birds in the shape of a Great White Egret, two juvenile Garganey which arrived during something of a downpour, a Green Sandpiper and at least sixteen Common Sandpipers, all these birds centred around the Scaldwell Bay.


Neil M

Grey Wagtail. One adult male
and seven juveniles were caught,
 assessed and processed at
 Brixworth STW today.

Magpie. Five juveniles
were caught and ringed at
Brixworth STW today, a site
that can hold up to forty birds. They
are attracted to the filter beds where
they search for grubs under the
filter rocks.

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