A cycle ride down to Pitsford Res this morning came to an abrupt halt when a Firecrest decided to sing from some conifers at the road-side! This was between the villages of Hanging Houghton and Scaldwell, along the minor road that connects the A508 with Scaldwell village. The bird was singing from a conifer belt that parallels the road at SP758728. The bird was still present at 2.40pm this afternoon.
A Common Bird Census around the reserve section at Pitsford Res this morning was unremarkable, the scarcer birds being a Spotted Flycatcher, a Common Sandpiper and at least one Oystercatcher. There are good numbers of Garden Warblers on-site now and it was good to see the first brood of young Great Crested Grebes.
At Harrington Airfield this morning there was a cream-crown Marsh Harrier which flew towards Kettering, two 'purring' Turtle Doves, a pair of Grey Partridge and a Wheatear. Other birds of note included a Spotted Flycatcher in Maidwell village and a singing Nightingale along the Brampton Valley Way below Maidwell (south of the Draughton cross-roads).
This afternoon a wander around Blueberry Farm, Maidwell produced a Hobby, a Barn Owl and a Whinchat.
Eleanor and Neil
and Hanging Houghton