This morning what was either a Snow or Lapland Bunting was heard calling in/over drilled stubble fields adjacent to the Walgrave Bay at Pitsford Res. The distinctive 'tiu' call, which both of these species emit, was heard several times during a 10 minute period from 9am but despite a search the bird was never seen and presumably moved on. The call was most similar to Snow.
Birds visible in the Walgrave Bay today included the Great White Egret, a couple of Siskins, 1-2 redpoll sp, a Chiffchaff and with both Marsh and Willow Tits coming to the feeders in Christies Copse.
A ringing session at Stortons GP this morning captured 65 birds, the more interesting being another Lesser Redpoll and a Chiffchaff.
This afternoon there was a male Peregrine and a Woodcock in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton and at Blueberry Farm, Maidwell a small flock of 8 Dark-bellied Brent Geese flew west over Haselbech Hill at 2.40pm. Other birds at Blueberry included a Woodcock and 2 Ravens.
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