Sunday, 11 March 2018

Birds of Sunday


This morning a small team of ringers were operating at Linford Lakes near Milton Keynes where they caught 44 birds of nine species. A new Great Spotted Woodpecker's behaviour was typical of the species, these individuals nearly always try and peck the fingers and hands of the ringer - and it hurts!

A Lesser Redpoll was probably the highlight of the captures and other birds seen on-site included Siskin and a Great White Egret.

Visiting feed stations on the Kelmarsh Estate today provided views of a Woodcock flying out of Sunderland Wood and at Scotland Wood a Willow Tit was the first recorded there this year and the trees attracted small numbers of Siskins.

The gull roost at Pitsford Reservoir was mostly distant this afternoon and with very few large gulls, a second winter Caspian Gull was the only bird of note that I could see...


Neil M

Male Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Lesser Redpoll
courtesy of Kenny Cramer.

Willow Tit.

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