Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Birds of soaring temperatures


A dull, cloudy and breezy start to the day which then gave way to strong sunshine and high temperatures.

A ringing session took place at Harrington Airfield this morning and with the social distance rules it meant just a single ringer on-site which also means that just four mist nets were deployed. The catch was a modest forty-eight birds of seventeen species, thirteen of these were birds previously ringed on-site. The total was made up of a Woodpigeon, two female Green Woodpeckers, two Blackbirds, a Song Thrush, three Long-tailed Tits, a Blue Tit, two Great Tits, three Willow Warblers, a Blackcap, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Common Whitethroat, a Robin, a Dunnock, two Goldfinches, two Linnets, twenty-three Yellowhammers and a Tree Sparrow.

Two of the Willow Warblers were returning birds from 2018 and 2019, the Common Whitethroat from last year and one of the Linnets was a returning male from 2017.

Two Grasshopper Warblers were 'reeling' there (one for only a short time) and butterflies included Orange-tip, Small Heath and Common Blue.

Elsewhere and Bob Bullock watched a Marsh Harrier overfly Summer Leys this morning and another Grasshopper Warbler was singing in the Nene Valley between Ecton SF and Whiston Locks.


Neil M

Grasshopper Warbler
courtesy of Dave Jackson.

Yellowhammer courtesy
of Robin Gossage.

Tiger Cranefly sp
courtesy of Robin

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