Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Spring at last?


Eleanor visited Cottesbrooke village today and saw four Hawfinches in the trees and bushes just downhill and opposite the playing field. The birds were not showing particularly well and weren't very vocal either... The usual pair of Raven were still on territory.

Another Raven was at Naseby village, a pair of Grey Partridge were again at Harrington Airfield and two Barn Owls continue to hunt the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton.

Bethan and Jacob's birding efforts today included locating the three Scaup still on the Watersport Pit west of Ditchford Lane at Ditchford GP this afternoon, and the Slavonian Grebe and a second winter Caspian Gull at Pitsford Reservoir.

Metal ring NZ27670 was placed on the leg of a first year Great Tit at Bradden in South Northants on 30th November 2017. This young male was then caught again but this time at Adstock in Buckinghamshire on 13th March 2018, 21km SSE and 103 days later. The tit family are renown for not moving too far from their hatching area but spring and post-breeding periods are the time for wanderlust!


Neil M

Female Reed Bunting at
Scaldwell village courtesy
of Bethan Clyne.

I love this shot of a
Coal Tit sharing his
food with those in range!
Courtesy of John Tilly.

Courtesy of John Tilly.

Nuthatch with lunch!
Courtesy of John Tilly.

Sun-loving Great Tit!

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