Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Nene Valley birding


A bird ringing session took place at Kelmarsh Hall today which resulted in 156 captures of 15 species. The majority of the birds were Blue Tits and Great Tits but other birds included two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, three Nuthatches, six Dunnocks, two Robins, a Wren, three Coal Tits, three Marsh Tits, two Long-tailed Tits, a Treecreeper, a Goldcrest, three Chiffchaffs, four Chaffinches and six Goldfinches. 

One of the Blue Tits was a ringed bird from elsewhere, we will find out where in due course.

Birds noted on-site included Raven, a Grey Wagtail and singles of Brambling and Siskin. There were a couple of big flocks of Fieldfares swirling around locally today, each flock a minimum of 150 birds.

A Barn Owl was hunting in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton this morning and another was hunting at Brixworth Water Treatment Works this afternoon.

The Nene Valley produced some interesting birds today with Clifford Hill scoring best with a Black Redstart at the west end of the complex near to Hardingstone Dyke, a Dark-bellied Brent Goose and the two drake Scaup still. Summer Leys held on to the Knot plus Redshanks, a Curlew, a Shelduck, five or six Snipe, a Great White Egret and a couple of Sand Martins. A Curlew was seen to fly through at Stanwick Pits this afternoon.


Neil M

Black Redstart.


Blue Tit!
Nearly eighty of these
amazing little birds were
processed at Kelmarsh
 Hall today!

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