Thursday, 3 October 2019

Birds of Thursday...


A couple of busy local ringing sessions took place today in almost perfect weather conditions with the usage of mist nets. Dave, Lynne and Lewis were at Pitsford Reservoir where they captured and processed 90 birds of 14 species (53 new and 37 re-traps). This total was made up of 30 Blue Tits, 20 Great Tits, a Coal Tit, 9 Dunnocks, 5 Robins, 3 Wrens, 7 Tree Sparrows, 3 Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap, a Chaffinch, 5 Reed Buntings, a Song Thrush, a Blackbird and 3 Moorhens.

Harrington Airfield enjoyed a second consecutive day of ringing, this time with some 170 captures of 16 species (144 new and 26 re-traps). The session was dominated by Goldfinches with 74 new birds and 8 re-traps from previous sessions. Other birds were made up of a Song Thrush, 6 Dunnocks, 7 Yellowhammers, 8 Great Tits, 14 Blue Tits, 2 Wrens, 2 Goldcrests, 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps, 3 Robins, 18 Meadow Pipits, 4 Linnets, 7 Chaffinches, 5 Reed Buntings and 8 Swallows.

A few Redwings were on-site as were a couple of Golden Plover and calling Grey Partridge. Skylarks were very evident there today with one flock totalling 48 birds. A female Merlin arrived this afternoon and went storming after Meadow Pipits.

Elsewhere and Stanwick Pits/Lakes held three Cattle Egrets today plus a late Common Tern and a Ringed Plover. Seventy Golden Plovers were located in a field south of Cogenhoe village and Summer Leys reserve at Earls Barton hosted a Great White Egret and Garganey with a Spotted Redshank reported from the Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows reserve at Ditchford Pits.

Birds in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton this morning include a pair of Stonechats, a Whinchat, a Little Egret on the brook and a hunting Barn Owl and 15 Redwings were seen flying over Moulton Agricultural College.


Neil M




All images courtesy of
John Tilly.

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