Thursday, 9 January 2020

North-bound Great Tit.

Hello

Very little opportunity of any birding for us the last couple of days but a few bits and pieces as follows...

Yesterday (Wednesday) a Barn Owl was hunting in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton in the morning with another one seen between Rectory Farm and Bridle Road outside the village of Old in the evening. Two Ravens were around Hanging Houghton and ten Golden Plovers were restless at Harrington Airfield.  At Pitsford Reservoir a Great White Egret and a Pintail were north of the causeway and there were probably five different Stonechats between the causeway and the Bird Club hide.

Stanwick Pits retained the seven Redshank, the drake Red-crested Pochard remained at Summer Leys and a Siberian Chiffchaff was with five or so Chiffchaffs and a Green Sandpiper at Bridge K121 at Ecton SF.

Today (Thursday) and the Siberian Chiffchaff was still present and both days the Great Grey Shrike maintained it's presence at DIRFT3, Crick.

An excellent ringing recovery concerns a Great Tit that was ringed as a nestling in a next box at Pitsford Reservoir on 23rd May 2019. Assuming the ring was read correctly, this bird was caught in a mist net at Moorsholm Mill, Redcar and Cleveland on 2nd August 2019, only 71 days later. In that short duration this young bird fledged the nest and then moved 243km directly north! Goodness only knows what stimulated it to do that!

Regards

Neil M


Great Tit.

Short-eared Owl.

Great Crested Grebe.

All images courtesy of
Robin Gossage.

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