Thursday, 2 August 2012

Pitsford Portrait

Hi

Some good coverage at Pitsford Res today by several birders produced a few birds of note.  The juvenile Marsh Harrier appeared north of the causeway at 1.45pm and showed on and off during the afternoon, spending much of its time in the Walgrave Bay.  An Osprey arrived at 2.05pm and disappeared some 15 minutes later, mobbed at one stage by the harrier.  The three Red-crested Pochard remain in the Walgrave Bay.  Other birds included 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Kingfishers, 3 Yellow-legged Gulls and a juvenile Mediterranean Gull.

This evening a single Corn Bunting was located with Yellowhammers in fields in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton.  Two Red Kites joined the Common Buzzards in gleaning the harvested oil see rape fields for morsels there.

Below are some images from Pitsford today.  My apologies for the distant shots of the best birds (they wouldn't come any closer)!

Coot in the rain!

Osprey


Greylag Goose


Drake Tufted Duck in eclipse


Marsh Harrier


Marsh Harrier


Common Tern


Mallard with ducklings



Great Crested Grebe


Courtesy of Neil Hasdell


Very low big bird!


Even lower (white tip at the bottom
of the image is a yacht sail)!


Juvenile Mediterranean Gull


Juvenile Mediterranean Gull

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