Monday, 28 October 2019

Thrushes and Bramblings


A ringing session at Linford Lakes, Milton Keynes by Kenny Cramer and other members of the Northants Ringing Group yesterday (Sunday) was successful with a great selection of species again and with 90 birds processed, 70 of which were newly ringed. Warblers still persisted with 4 Blackcaps, 2 Chiffchaffs and a Cetti's Warbler and also 6 Goldcrests. Three Kingfishers must have been a gaudy affair particularly with a male Bullfinch too! Not surprisingly tits were in reasonable numbers with 23 Blue Tits, 5 Great Tits and 19 Long-tailed Tits and of course at this time of the year we expect thrushes and the team managed 5 Redwings, 2 Blackbirds, a Song Thrush and a handsome Mistle Thrush which is a bird infrequently caught in standard mist nets.

Other birds on-site included Tawny and Barn Owls, a Great White Egret and a party of Whooper Swans.

Today (Monday) and most of the birds reported in Northants were 'As you were!' with little change from the week-end. Pitsford still sported a Great White Egret, three Red-crested Pochard, an adult Yellow-legged Gull, a couple of Stonechats, a Raven and one or two adult Mediterranean Gull(s) in the afternoon roost. Alan Coles saw a Great White Egret at Summer Leys but sadly the Bittern wasn't reported today.

Two male Bramblings, four Ravens and a Barn Owl were in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton today and there were six Bramblings along the Brampton Valley Way by Draughton Crossing.


Neil M

Kingfisher at release.

Mistle Thrush.

Images courtesy of
Kenny Cramer.

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