Saturday, 18 August 2012

Swallow roost and Year Tick

Following on from last week's successful ringing session at the swallow roost at The Avenue Washlands in Chesterfield, we returned again on Thursday night for another go.

From the outset it was obvious that there were much fewer birds around. but by the end of the night we had ringed another 33 Swallows. Added to this we also caught 4 Pied Wagtails, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Reed Warbler and 1 Blackbird.

Friday saw me head down the British Birdwatching Fair at Rutland Water with my nephew. We spent a few hours looking around the stalls and then went off to the Lyndon Reserve to see the nesting Ospreys. A pair have nested in Manton Bay again this year raising 2 chicks. All 4 birds, the adults and their chicks, were seen around the nest site. Lovely!

Year List:

152: Osprey


  1. hi peter im scott a trainee ranger at linacre just wondred if i could have a little more info on the little owl and kingfisher sightings? my email is


  2. Hi Skot, the Kingfisher sightings have been flying from the lower reservoir down over the overflow towards the woods. I've also seen one fly the length of the middle reservoir, again in the direction of the lower reservoir. The little Owl is usually seen early morning in the oak trees on the left hand side of the road by the main entrance. Good luck with seeing them. Please let me know if you have any luck and also any other sightings you have down there.


  3. Thanks a lot Peter couldn't see the posts lol, bodes well for spotting the kingfisher. Me and my girlfriend live next to Linacre so as you can imagine practically live there! and were on our level three course at Linacre yet STILL haven't seen a Kingfisher :( so hearing one had been spotted carrying fish really got me exited, I'm going out first thing Tuesday so i'll hope for the little owl and then see about the Kingfisher later in the day. I'll keep you posted. Thanks again.