Sunday, 29 April 2018

Defying the weather!

Hello

Another cold, grey day and with some rain and drizzle at times. This caused issues with planned ringing sessions at Stortons Pits and Linford Lakes - the forecast had suggested far more appropriate weather conditions for this activity and both sessions concluded much earlier than usual. Birds processed at Linford included four Blackcaps, a Whitethroat, three Garden Warblers, a Sedge Warbler, five Reed Warblers, two Willow Warblers, a Chiffchaff and a Swallow.

Phil Horsnail's visit to Polebrook Airfield today paid off with sightings of a male Whinchat, five Wheatears, a Little Owl, a couple of Cuckoos and a pair of persistent Ravens trying (unsuccessfully) to intimidate a brooding Greylag Goose so they could pinch an egg!

Plenty of birders were out there defying the conditions to try and find something a little different - Eleanor heard a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker calling in Station Road, Cottesbrooke and this afternoon watched a male Ring Ouzel foraging on the edge of the field called 'The Hill' at Blueberry Farm (Maidwell). The Arctic Tern was still off the Sailing Club at Pitsford Reservoir this afternoon where there were still large numbers of Swallows and Sand Martins (and some House Martins and Swifts) feeding low over the water. Two Common Sandpipers were flushed from the dam.

Nick Wood checked his nest boxes at Chase Park Farm (near Yardley Chase) today and was very pleased to find two Tawny Owl nestlings in a box only erected just over a month ago! Helen Franklin noted an early morning Barn Owl perched on a sign just east of Maidford.

Regards

Neil M



Swallow.
Image courtesy of Kenny Cramer.

Two Tawny Owl nestlings.
Image courtesy of Nick Wood.

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