Today was earmarked for housework and jobs, ha ha !! But on such a bright and breezy day I felt compelled to visit Harrington, Pitsford and Blueberry.........exercising the dogs of course, with a bit of birdwatching thrown in !!!
At Harrington Airfield the male Merlin whizzed low over the fields causing chaos with the Skylarks. There were at least 2 or 3 Red Kites and numerous Common Buzzard enjoying the breeze. For some reason the bushes near the "shooting wall" seem to be attractive to at least 2 Bramblings who sit very quietly watching the world go by.
I had been at Harrington for at least an hour before I saw the Great Grey Shrike around the last bunker. It really was a case of blink and you will miss it, as it literally hopped up onto a bush and dropped off out of view.
My mission at Pitsford was to find a "storm" driven bird !, but I failed. Although it looks very good there and has potential I didn't find anything new. On the big side there was a Peregrine Falcon, 2 Green Sandpipers and 3 Lesser Redpoll. On the small side there were again 3 Great White Egret and at least 7 Little Egret. The 10 Red-crested Pochard were in the Walgrave Bay and the males looked stunning in the Autumn sunshine. There were also several Pintail and Goldeneye.
My final walk was at the southern most end of the Blueberry complex, but it was quiet, apart from a pair of Stonechat.
Tomorrow is forecast to be another nice day.........