Saturday, 9 March 2013

Early spring birding


A visit to Harrington Airfield early this morning provided another view of the adult female Peregrine which this time attempted to take Golden Plovers (but they were too quick)!  The Golden Plover flock numbered about 15.  About a dozen Bramblings included some drop-dead gorgeous summer plumage males and the pair of Grey Partridge showed again.

A couple of brief visits to Ravensthorpe Res failed to locate the Bittern (again!) but a pair of smart Smew was showing well on the small side.  Whilst at an event in Great Brington early this afternoon, a single Curlew flew over, followed shortly by an Oystercatcher.

At Pitsford Res today, the now summer plumage Great White Egret was in both the Walgrave and Scaldwell Bays and other birds north of the causeway included about 20 Siskins, a Woodcock and a Red Kite (all in the Walgrave Bay) with a pair of Smew and a pair of Goosander reported.  Birds south of the causeway included 2 Oystercatchers, a Shelduck and 4 Bramblings.

There was a heavy movement of gulls moving north through Pitsford Res all day but the gull roost by the yacht club didn't produce anything out of the ordinary.


Eleanor and Neil

Adult Male Siskin at Pitsford
Res today - part of the large
influx currently in the county
(courtesy of Neil Hasdell).

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