Friday, 2 August 2019

Harrington Ringing


Some bird ringing was completed at Harrington Airfield today and it ended up being a productive session with 108 birds caught and processed. For some reason we managed to avoid catching any Blackbirds, Blackcaps, Robins or Garden Warblers even though there are reasonable numbers of all these species up there! Only two birds were re-traps from previous sessions the others all being new birds, in total of 14 species.

Probably the best bird was a juvenile Grasshopper Warbler and warblers made up over half of the total birds caught with 33 Willow Warblers (a mixture of locally breeding birds and migrants), 3 Chiffchaffs, a Lesser Whitethroat and 27 Common Whitethroats. Other birds were 4 Wrens, 10 Blue Tits, a Great Tit, 7 Dunnocks, 7 Swallows, 7 Linnets, 2 Goldfinches, 3 Yellowhammers and 2 Song Thrushes.

An early migrating Tree Pipit was flying around and calling early morning and a Common Redstart was seen briefly. Blue Emperor and Black-tailed Skimmer dragonflies were active and there were still good numbers of Small Heath butterflies on the wing, this butterfly enjoying an incredibly good season locally.

The Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton proved good today with a Whinchat, a Common Redstart and four Crossbills (the latter which flew off towards Cottesbrooke) and the Blueberry Farm complex supported another Common Redstart, two Whinchats, a Grasshopper Warbler and a Peregrine.

Twywell Hills and Dales continued to attract at least two Common Redstarts today, Stanwick hosted a Cattle Egret, a Black-tailed Godwit and a Dunlin and Hollowell Reservoir was busy with the Ruddy Shelduck, two Egyptian Geese (rare at this location), a Greenshank, ten Common Sandpipers, three Dunlin and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull.


Neil M

Juvenile Lesser Whitethroat.

Juvenile Grasshopper Warbler.

Juvenile Common Whitethroat.

Juvenile Willow Warbler.

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