Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Mild weather is here!


A small band of intrepid ringers completed some bird ringing at Christies Copse in the Walgrave Bay at Pitsford Reservoir today, catching and assessing 77 birds of 8 species. Fifty-four of these birds were re-traps, reflecting the efforts at this micro-site over the years and the fact that it is in the middle of a pretty intensive nest box ringing scheme too.

The best bird, which always makes such a session exciting, was the capture of a new male Sparrowhawk. The other birds were made up of 40 Blue Tits, 4 Coal Tits, 20 Great Tits, 3 Long-tailed Tits, a Treecreeper, a Robin and 7 Chaffinches.

Other birds noted in the Walgrave Bay included a Great White Egret, a Smew, a Redshank, a Green Sandpiper, four Woodcock, 12 Siskins, a Redpoll and a Brambling.

I finished the last WeBS count section of Ditchford Gravel Pits this morning concentrating on the Wilsons Pits and the Main Pit between Higham Ferrers and Irthlingborough. A drake Smew was on the main pit (eastern end) and a female Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was in willows at the river overflow near Broadholme Treatment Works. Other birds included a Green Sandpiper, a Black-tailed Godwit, a Little Egret, 6 Water Rails, just 2 Kingfishers, 6 Cetti's Warblers, 3 Chiffchaffs, 3 Grey Wagtails and 2 Lesser Redpolls.

A brief visit to East Carlton Country Park this afternoon provided good views of two Hawfinches in the small copse behind the big house in the middle of the park from 2.30pm onwards. Other birds included at least four Siskins and nearby there was a Green Sandpiper in the Welland Valley below Cottingham.


Neil M

Image courtesy
of Helen Franklin...

First year male Sparrowhawk
courtesy of Jacob Spinks.

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