Saturday, 16 December 2017

Cold winter birding!


A modest ringing session today at Sunderland Wood on the Kelmarsh Estate provided 47 captures made up of a Treecreeper, 3 Goldcrests, 4 Dunnocks, 5 Robins, a Blackbird, 7 Great Tits, 22 Blue Tits, a Marsh Tit, a Coal Tit and 2 Nuthatches.

The birding was better quality with a Hawfinch flying north over the wood at 8.50am, a Redpoll, a couple of Siskins, 1-2 Woodcock, a Barn Owl and 2 Tawny Owls. One or two Siskins were noted nearby at Kelmarsh Hall and Scotland Wood.

A third year Caspian Gull showed again in the gull roost at Pitsford Reservoir this afternoon, the only other noteworthy bird seen being a Grey Wagtail.

Eleanor saw 6 Ravens and 2 Bramblings at Staverton, the juvenile Whooper Swan, 3 Great White Egrets and 2 Green Sandpipers at Ravensthorpe Reservoir and her daily patch birding in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton successfully located the Long-eared Owl again (flight only), the usual Barn Owl and 2 Woodcock.


Neil M

Blue Tit exhibiting a
significant 'crossbill'
deformity. However this
bird was a normal weight
so is clearly adapting to this
aberrant bill growth.

Male Nuthatch
Sunderland Wood.

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