A change in the temperature and some more traditional winter weather has ensured that there were plenty more birds on show today, particularly where food was put out for them.
In the garden there was an increase in Blackbirds etc with scarcities including 2 Siskins and 1-2 Brambling.
The Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton attracted 2 Ravens, 6 Golden Plovers, 2 Bramblings and 4 Lesser Redpolls.
A lunch-time wander around the southern edge of Northampton provided 4 Waxwings in bushes off Rowtree Road, East Hunsbury just east of the Doctor's surgery and with 2 more in hawthorns another 120 metres further east (12.35pm). At least 3 Waxwings were in roadside bushes on the B526 Newport Pagnell Road on the opposite side of the road to N'pton School for Girls (12.50pm).
This afternoon and a visit to Harrington Airfield produced a flurry of birds. The best was a fine adult male Hen Harrier hunting the complex at 2pm, on the rough areas to the right of the concrete track. Other birds included 2-3 Ravens, 2 Lesser Redpolls and 25 Meadow Pipits with the seed by the Draughton Road entrance attracting large numbers of passerines which included a spectacular 30+ Bramblings (in a variety of plumages).
The birding opportunities for this week-end look to be interesting!
Eleanor and Neil
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