This morning a walk around Harrington Airfield provided an adult Cuckoo, a pair of Grey Partridge and a Turtle Dove and up to 6 mobile Siskins. There is a late surge and good numbers of Common Spotted Orchid along the old airstrip.
At Pitsford Reservoir this morning there was a 1st year Caspian Gull on the buoys off the yacht club and a Whimbrel arrived at 10.15am and flew south 5 minutes later. Other birds included a Little Ringed Plover and a 2nd year Yellow-legged Gull. The 1st year Great-Black-backs have been joined by a smart 2nd year. The barley fields bordering the reservoir on the Brixworth bank are well adorned with an intermingled carpet of scarlet poppies. Not great for the farmers but it looks stunning! Yesterday evening there was a Grey Partridge calling well from one of these fields and the local post-breeding Lapwing flock had reached 60 birds.
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