Tuesday, 26 November 2019

November gloom


The last two days have been dark, gloomy, wet and mild and it has been hard work finding much out there!

Yesterday (Monday) and a wet walk at Harrington Airfield provided a fly-past of nine Golden Plovers plus the usual passerines. There were plenty of birds coming to the various feeding stations despite the milder conditions but I didn't see anything out of the ordinary.

The water level at Pitsford Reservoir is now at 100% with brown water gushing over the overflow.

Today (Tuesday) and the gull roost at Pitsford Reservoir just didn't materialise, the only birds of interest this afternoon was a Yellow-legged Gull and a Kingfisher.  Two Ravens were at Hanging Houghton today.

A recent ringing recovery relates to a Greenfinch which was caught and ringed at Harrington Airfield on 20th October 2019, a first year female. She was found dead on or about 8th November in Parwich, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, having travelled 96 km in a North West direction within 19 days. The cause of death isn't known but I'd love to know where she originated from...

Plans are afoot to commit to some ringing at Harrington Airfield on Friday and Saturday this coming week. Should anyone like to come along to watch activities please let me know. Access to the bunkers and old airstrip will be restricted during these two days.


Neil M

Golden Plovers.


Images from RSPB Titchwell
courtesy of John Gamble.

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