A ringing session at Sunderland Wood on the Kelmarsh Estate today yielded fifty-seven birds of nine species today made up of twenty-seven Blue Tits, nineteen Great Tits, four Coal Tits, a Marsh Tit, a Nuthatch, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Robin, a Dunnock and a Chaffinch. One of the Great Spotted Woodpeckers was a re-trapped male, first ringed at the same wood in December 2014. The exact age was not established in 2014 but this individual is at least nine years old and the national longevity record is eleven years and ten months.
Five Smew were at Eyebrook Reservoir today and birds at Summer Leys LNR today included two Cattle Egrets, at least four Great White Egrets, two Pintail, two Redshanks, two Oystercatchers and twenty-five plus Pochard.
A male Blackcap was in a Weston Favell village garden and two Common Snipe and twelve Grey Partridges were at Harrington Airfield this afternoon.
Two Woodcock were at Blueberry Farm, Maidwell this morning and a Green Sandpiper and four Stonechats were in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton.
The Starling murmuration at Stortons Pits this evening was again impressive and an adult Yellow-legged Gull was off the dam at Pitsford Reservoir this afternoon
|Adult male Great Spotted Woodpecker
at Sunderland Wood, Kelmarsh today, he is
at least nine years old!
Images courtesy of
|Great Crested Grebes.
Above two images taken at
Pitsford Reservoir courtesy
of Dave Jackson.