At 2.30pm this afternoon five Waxwings flew fast and very low at Hanging Houghton, heading in a westerly direction and below the height of the houses. Thankfully their trilling call provided us with the opportunity of seeing these birds before they disappeared at a remarkable speed.
On then to Pitsford Res but we failed to connect with the Great White Egret. There were 4 Little Egrets on the Holcot Bay flood extension plus a Kingfisher and a Raven nearby and a Barn Owl was hunting the Scaldwell Meadow next to the Bird Club hide.
A hike along the Brixworth bank between the causeway and the dam was productive. A flock of 4 Waxwings flew rapidly west (towards Brixworth) near to The Pigs at about 3.45pm. Again their trilling call aided the observation. Also present was a Dark-bellied Brent Goose, a 'redhead' Goosander and 2 drake Red-crested Pochards. The Black-necked Grebe was still present just off the yacht club.
Sarah Gibbs (Pitsford Senior Reserves Officer) kindly sent through some images of a couple of interesting moths found in the moth trap at Pitsford Res this morning (see below).
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