With perfect weather conditions it wasn't surprising that more ringing was undertaken in the county today.
At Pitsford Reservoir Dave Francis ran a session during yesterday evening and this morning at Pitsford Reservoir and captured 99 birds of 17 species which included eight Willow Warblers, eight Chiffchaffs, three Blackcaps, a Garden Warbler, a Reed Warbler, two Sedge Warblers, a Whitethroat and six Tree Sparrows among more regular fare.
At Harrington Airfield ringing operations provided 88 captures of 18 species which included thirteen Linnets, five Yellowhammers, three Chiffchaffs, a Reed Warbler, ten Blackcaps, six Whitethroats, a Meadow Pipit, a Tree Pipit and two first year male Common Redstarts. Other birds noted on-site included another three Common Redstarts, a Grey Wagtail, a Golden Plover, several Siskins and a Short-eared Owl.
Two or three Pied Flycatchers were found in hedging at Lamport Hall this afternoon and during the course of searching for them at least four first year male Common Redstarts and nine Spotted Flycatchers were located. On the opposite side of the A508, twenty-eight Yellow Wagtails were in the cow fields at Hanging Houghton. Down in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton there were four Whinchats and two Clouded Yellow butterflies and further up at Blueberry Farm there were two adult male Common Redstarts and four more Whinchats.
Hollowell Reservoir fielded four Common Sandpipers and a Whinchat and a Yellow-legged Gull and a Common Sandpiper were noted at Pitsford Reservoir. Two more Common Redstarts were along the footpath leading from Twywell Hills and Dales Country Park and a Spotted Flycatcher and five Siskins were also seen.
At Summer Leys LNR the Garganey was still present, as was a Great White Egret and a Dunlin; Clifford Hill Pits hosted a Dunlin, three Ringed Plovers and a Common Sandpiper.
|First year male Common Redstart|
at Harrington Airfield.
|First year Tree Pipit at Harrington Airfield.|