Friday, 4 September 2020

More ringing data


Birds reported at Pitsford Reservoir today included three juvenile Shags around the causeway tunnel, a Great White Egret, three Pintail, two Green Sandpipers and five Siskins over.

At Hollowell Reservoir there was a fishing Osprey, a Great White Egret, a Garganey, a Pintail, two Hobbies and a Common Sandpiper.

Further east and Stanwick Pits attracted similar birds to the previous couple of days which included three Cattle Egrets and a Great White Egret. A Peregrine remained at St Mary's church in Higham Ferrers.

Elsewhere and a Tree Pipit was witnessed flying over Brackley and another was sound recorded over Duston, Northampton. A roosting flock of 32 Yellow Wagtails were in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton this evening.

Some ringing recoveries/sightings are as follows:-

1. The recently seen female Pochard at Pitsford Reservoir with a nasal saddle fitted was first ringed in France at Saint-Philbert-de-Grand-Lieu on 20th May 2016 and has been seen there regularly in 2016/2017/2019 and 2020. In fact she was still there on 17th June 2020 before turning up at Pitsford last month;

2. A first year Reed Warbler ringed at Icklesham, East Sussex on 7th August 2017 was encountered again at Stortons Pits on 2nd July 2020 when deemed to be an adult female and probably breeding. A total of 1060 days and six African journeys elapsed inbetween times!

3. A juvenile Cetti's Warbler was ringed at Brandon Marsh, Warwickshire on 6th July 2019 and caught again at Linford Lakes, Milton Keynes on 12th July 2020 when regarded as an adult female. She had moved 56km in a SE direction over a period of 372 days to find a suitable breeding territory;

4. A predated Barn Owl found at Pitsford Reservoir on 12th July this year had been ringed as a nestling at Rutland Water on 9th June 2017 - 1129 days had elapsed between both records, 32km separating the two sites.


Neil M


Reed Warbler.

Barn Owl courtesy of
Chris Payne.

Cetti's Warbler.

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