Tuesday, 7 August 2012

August wildlife

Hi

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.

Regards

E & N





Great Crested Grebes with their little 'striped humbugs'


Common Blue Damselfly




Juvenile Marsh Harrier with Common Tern escort!


Small Copper


Gatekeeper


Roselle's Bush-cricket
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