Saturday, 31 August 2013

Autumn status quo


Today's early morning walk at Harrington Airfield yielded 1-2 Redstart(s) and a Turtle Dove again to the west of the main concrete track plus a Wheatear in the same vicinity.  The airstrip bushes attracted plenty of Linnets and Whitethroats but visible migration was seemingly very limited.  Good numbers of Kestrels are currently using the airfield and at least one Red Kite was present too.  Two Ravens were between Beck Dairy and Gamboro' Plantation (near Cottesbrooke) later in the morning.

A Hobby was overhead at Hanging Houghton and visits to local reservoirs this afternoon produced only modest sightings.  The Welford/Sulby duo hosted 2 Common Sandpipers, 7 Common Terns, a Kingfisher and 2 Ravens over, with a Red Kite nearby.  Naseby Res was busy with fishermen and the only bird of note was a Grey Wagtail.  Hollowell's water levels refuse to drop and birds here consisted of 2 Ravens on the ridge over-looking the reservoir, 2 Red Kites (an uncommon sight here), an adult Yellow-legged Gull and 3 Snipe.

A ringing session at Stortons GP this morning resulted in the capture of over 50 birds which included 5 new Cetti's Warblers, 5 Blackcaps and a Green Woodpecker.  Over 200 new Reed Warblers have been ringed at this relatively small site this year alone!

This evening and the juvenile Marsh Harrier was again in the Brampton Valley between Cottesbrooke and Hanging Houghton and an adult Osprey flew over Blueberry Farm towards Haselbech.  Four Whinchats were yet again in the southern-most field of the Blueberry Farm complex.

  Eleanor and Neil

Adult Common Tern
Welford Res

Greylag and Canada Geese
Welford Res.  Many local
waters are seeing increases
in these geese as birds from
outlying ponds and lakes are
gathering at suitable sites.

Welford Res

Long-tailed Tit preening
in the sunshine at Welford

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