Monday, 26 March 2018

Pitsford Reservoir ringing


A day of bird ringing at Pitsford Reservoir today in very pleasant spring-like weather provided 141 captures of 15 species. Forty-nine of these birds were re-trapped birds from previous sessions and the remainder were new birds. The total was made up of 6 Dunnocks, a Robin and a Wren, 3 Meadow Pipits, 17 Blue Tits, 11 Great Tits, 6 Coal Tits, a Marsh Tit, a Long-tailed Tit, 20 Reed Buntings, 55 Yellowhammers, a Greenfinch, 6 Chaffinches, 2 Lesser Redpolls and 10 Tree Sparrows.

Chiffchaffs were on site today in small numbers, as was a singing Blackcap, a couple of Siskins, 5 Snipe and a pair of Oystercatcher.

Eric's saunter on the Titchmarsh reserve at Thrapston yielded plenty of Chiffchaffs, three male Blackcaps, 8 Cetti's Warblers and butterflies in the colours of Brimstone, Comma and Peacock!

A Barn Owl was alongside the road near Holcot early this morning, a male Brambling was in our garden again, thirty Golden Plovers were seen heading north over Lamport village and the Brampton Valley had plenty of singing Chiffchaffs and Tortoiseshell and Brimstone butterflies...


Neil M

Male Chaffinch.

Lesser Redpoll.

Male Yellowhammer (sunglasses
are recommended for viewing)!
All images courtesy of
John Tilly.

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