Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Ringing at Scotland Wood


A ringing session was held at Scotland Wood on the Kelmarsh Estate this morning, the small numbers of ringers available meaning that this was a small scale effort but still resulted in 86 birds being caught and processed. It was good to record 31 re-traps among this number, birds that have survived from previous seasons and probably spending much of their lives in and around this woodland complex.

The total included a male Sparrowhawk, 19 Great Tits, 31 Blue Tits, 13 Coal Tits, 2 Marsh Tits, a Long-tailed Tit. a Wren, 3 Dunnocks, 8 Goldcrests, 3 Chaffinches, a female Brambling and 3 Nuthatches.

Other birds noted on-site included a male Brambling, a couple of Siskins and Redpolls and a Tawny Owl that watched me with interest when I unloaded my car at the start of the session!

Two or three Bramblings visited our garden at Hanging Houghton again today.

Elsewhere and Short-eared Owls seemed to be the theme with two seen by the DIRFT 3 development site and adjacent Lilbourne Meadows Reserve and another at Neville's Lodge near Finedon. Both Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows and Summer Leys Reserves accounted for single Great White Egrets today with a pair of Peregrines chasing Lapwings at the latter.


Neil M




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