Friday, 17 May 2013

Roadside Firecrest

Hi

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.

Regards

Eleanor and Neil

Muntjac Deer
Pitsford Res

Firecrest
between Scaldwell
and Hanging Houghton

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