Monday, 11 February 2013

Pitsford WeBS


The arrival of the snow brought a flurry of birds to the garden today, particularly finches.  A single Brambling, a couple of Lesser Redpoll and a Yellowhammer were among them.

As usual a few Bramblings were present at Harrington Airfield and Kelmarsh Hall.

A WeBS count was completed at Pitsford Res today, but the numbers of wildfowl present on the over-full reservoir were low.  Highlights included a flock of 17 Waxwings flying over the Scaldwell Bay at 2.30pm, a Kingfisher in the Walgrave Bay, 2 Ravens and 9 Smew were present south of the causeway as were 4-5 Lesser Redpolls and another 2 Kingfishers.

Late news was received today of a calling Firecrest in Pitsford village last Friday.  A brief visit there this afternoon in cold and wet conditions failed to locate it, but a male Blackcap showed briefly.  The Firecrest had been heard calling in evergreens in the garden of a large house off High Street opposite the turning for Pitsford School and the Village Hall.  This garden and trees border High Street but this is a busy village road and any would-be attendant birders need to be aware of moving and noisy traffic and behave appropriately in this residential area.


Eleanor and Neil

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