Sunday, 24 November 2019

Sunday's sightings


Northants Ringing Group members were out in force this morning, taking advantage of relatively still and dry conditions. Kenny and team were at Linford Lakes (Milton Keynes) and they caught over thirty birds of eleven species. These birds were made up of 2 Robins, 2 Great Tits, 12 Blue Tits, 2 Goldcrests, 2 Song Thrushes, a Fieldfare, 9 Redwings, a Kingfisher, a Chiffchaff, a Cetti's Warbler and a spectacular Tawny Owl!

Chris and team were at Bradden where their session was quite different and totally dominated with the capture of no less than 91 Blue Tits! There were also 40 Great Tits, 2 Coal Tits and a Robin. These numbers of tits in recent years are unprecedented and I'm convinced we don't know exactly what is happening. Very few of the tits were re-traps from previous sessions, the vast majority were new birds which suggests that many are new to the area...

Debbie and Eric paid Aldwincle Lake (Thrapston Pits) a visit today and notched up two Great White Egrets, five Little Egrets, two Water Rails and several Cetti's Warblers.

Summer Leys hung on to two Great White Egrets and a drake Red-crested Pochard today; Stanwick Pits also attracted two Great White Egrets, a Cattle Egret, a Peregrine and a Black-tailed Godwit.

Pitsford Reservoir hosted a drake Red-breasted Merganser which was initially off the dam but was disturbed and an adult Mediterranean Gull and two Yellow-legged Gulls. Stanford Reservoir was visited by a herd of nine Bewick's Swans, an excellent record by modern standards.


Neil M

Tawny Owl courtesy
of Kenny Cramer.

Pied Wagtail
courtesy of John Tilly.

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