Monday, 5 February 2018

Wagtails and Long-tailed Tits!

Hello

A ringing session at Brixworth Treatment Works today provided 42 captures made up of 26 new birds and 16 re-trapped individuals of 12 species. This total was made up of a Magpie, a Dunnock, seven Great Tits, eight Blue Tits, six Long-tailed Tits, a Goldcrest, a Chiffchaff, two Grey Wagtails (of four present there), twelve Pied Wagtails including a re-trap from 2016, a Chaffinch, a Greenfinch and a Reed Bunting. Other birds noted on-site included five Snipe and a Water Rail.

Other birds noted today included a Barn Owl between Hanging Houghton and Brixworth, two Ravens over Brixworth Country Park and the Slavonian Grebe again at Pitsford Reservoir between the Pintail and Yacht Bays...

Yesterday Helen Franklin caught a Long-tailed Tit in her Priors Marston garden bearing ring number EJL702. Helen first caught and ringed this bird on 30th March 2012 and has re-trapped it on three occasions in total. In June 2012 this bird exhibited features suggesting it was a breeding female and she will be at least seven years old this summer. Very impressive considering the oldest known British Long-tailed Tit was a bird aged as eight years eleven months set in 2014.

Regards

Neil M


Long-tailed Tit.

Grey Wagtail.

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