Sunday, 4 August 2019

August heat and downpour!


A wander around the bushes at Harrington Airfield this morning provided a calling Common Redstart by Bunker Three but nothing else of particular note, and two Ravens were on the outskirts of the village of Old this afternoon.

Eric saw two Garganey on the Titchmarsh reserve at Thrapston and the nomadic Sacred Ibis of unknown origin which has been wandering around the whole of the county it seems during the last couple of weeks turned up at Braunston this evening!

A ringing session at Stortons Pits was busy this morning with over eighty birds caught. Warblers dominated and included four Cetti's Warblers, six Sedge Warblers, twenty-one Reed Warblers, seventeen Blackcaps, ten Garden Warblers and nine Whitethroats. There was also a Wren, a Robin, two Dunnocks, a Blackbird, two Great Tits, nine Blue Tits, a Treecreeper, a Greenfinch and a Reed Bunting.

Several Northants Ringing Group members are currently coming to the end of their week-long stay on the island of Skokholm off the Pembrokeshire coast. For the last seven years members have visited this very special island to help out on the census and ringing work which is carried out daily. Chris Payne has been working on a project to try and film Storm Petrel activity within a nest, something that has not been achieved before. Using infra red equipment he has been able to successfully record what goes on in a nest chamber without disturbing the birds. The recorded observations will undoubtedly provide a new insight into the breeding biology of this amazing bird, something that has been subject of speculation in the past.


Neil M

Some stills of Storm Petrel
footage taken with infra red
equipment in a purpose-built
nest chamber on Skokholm.
The images depict an adult
Storm Petrel tending to it's
single chick. Images courtesy
of Chris Payne.

Sparrowhawk courtesy
of Robin Gossage.

Common Snipe courtesy
of Robin Gossage.

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