On a cold, grey and blustery day we found ourselves completing a late WeBS count today at Ditchford Gravel Pits. No sign of the forecast bright and sunny conditions unfortunately!
An adult Peregrine and 2 Yellow-legged Gulls were present west of Ditchford Lane this morning and a Rock Pipit flew west there at 11.20am. An unidentified pipit flew from the viaduct pit in windy conditions and called similar to a Water Pipit. It flew over the railway but couldn't be found thereafter. Small numbers of Siskins and redpoll sp were seen in flight on and off all day but winter thrushes were restricted to little more than a hundred Redwing and barely fifty Fieldfare. Only one Cetti's Warbler was heard calling and 3 Kingfishers were present in the mature pits between Higham Ferrers and Irthlingborough. The only wader noted was a single Green Sandpiper. A single Water Rail was audible and 3 Little Egrets were mobile throughout the complex.
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