Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Deep winter birds


Cool and breezy today with an occasional wintery shower and a fabulous orange super moon rose very slowly over the horizon late this afternoon...

This morning Eleanor ran twice around Sywell Country Park with Tor the hound and noted a few birds of interest - the female Scaup, a Water Rail, two Grey Wagtails, a pair of Stonechat and about thirty Siskins.

I paid Christies Copse at Pitsford Reservoir a visit today to add some more foodstuffs for the active feeding station there. In addition to common birds, four Woodcock flushed up from the scrubby vegetation. A Barn Owl was again hunting in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton this afternoon.

Dave Francis has committed to some garden ringing on the north-east outskirts of Northampton during January with plenty of Goldfinches and also three Siskins, a couple of Nuthatches and more common birds. Chris Payne likewise has been conducting some bird ringing in South Northants at his sites at Bradden and Greens Norton. Goldfinches have dominated here too but he has been experiencing an influx of Redpolls to both feeding stations too...


Neil M

The stunning Starling, first
ringed in August 2016 and
re-captured by Chris this month.

Another re-trap for Chris from 2016, a male

Lesser Redpolls caught and ringed by
Chris Payne.

All images courtesy of Chris.

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