This morning the female Mandarin Duck was again on the brook in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton and there were two Bramblings at Harrington Airfield at the concrete track entrance off the Draughton Road. A couple of Siskins and 5 Lesser Redpolls were in the garden at Hanging Houghton this morning together with the usual buntings.
An excursion up to the Old Sulehay complex in the north-east of the county nicely confirmed that there had been a mass arrival of common summer migrants with good numbers of singing Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps throughout. Two Ravens flew over from the direction of Bedford Purlieus, a Cuckoo was heard calling and there were about 8 Lesser Redpolls buzzing about. The rain and sunshine has provided carpets of colour with emerging Primroses, Violets and Wood Anemone.
Blatherwycke Lake hosted 5 Shelduck, 2 drake Mandarin Ducks, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Black Swans, a Chinese Goose, 2 Yellow Wagtails and a couple of Siskins. Nearby, Deene Lake attracted 8 Shelduck and a Barnacle Goose.
A further visit to Harrington Airfield this afternoon indicated fresh arrivals with 2 female Ring Ouzels briefly (flew from bushes on the airstrip to the shooting wall - not seen since), 8 Wheatears, a Red Kite and c45 Golden Plovers.
Eleanor and Neil