Birds at Pitsford Res today were much as the last week or so. A juvenile Marsh Harrier hunted north of the causeway from 3pm, even harrying waterfowl out in the open water. This bird exhibited a bright cream crown with a similarly coloured throat and paleness extending a little on to the leading edge of the wing. Although they were hidden for much of the day, 2 drake Red-crested Pochard showed briefly in the Walgrave Bay. There were at least 6 nomadic Crossbills, a Kingfisher, a Common Sandpiper and a Nuthatch also present on the reserve. Please see images of Pitsford wildlife below...
This evening there was a juvenile Marsh Harrier over Clint Hill at Hanging Houghton and a Barn Owl deeper in the valley. A single Grey Partridge near Hanging Houghton was chaperoning 2 half-grown young.
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Great Crested Grebes with their little 'striped humbugs'
Common Blue Damselfly
Juvenile Marsh Harrier with Common Tern escort!