Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Brief Birding Exploits

Another one of those days where birding was restricted. A very blustery walk at Harrington produced a female Peregrine, 2 Red Kites and numerous Common Buzzard enjoying the wind and sunshine.  After putting the food down it wasn't long before at least 10 Bramblings, many looking stunning in the winter sunshine.
Whilst eating my sandwich and watching the birds in our garden a male Sparrowhawk paid a visit and took a Goldfinch for his lunch!
This afternoon, the Great Northern Diver was half way down the big side of Pitsford , whilst 5 Smew were sheltering against the causeway. 
The water level is extremely high and the three distinct bays on the small side are rapidly becoming one huge bay.!!!  There were 4 Goosander and 2 further Smew in the Holcot arm, 4 Red-crested Pochard in the Walgrave arm and a further 2 in the Scaldwell arm.
I couldn't see any sign of the Great White Egret's today, but I did notice a couple of Cormorants building a nest !!

A reminder of the Northamptonshire Bird Club Meeting tomorrow evening. It is the Annual Photographic Competition, and this is always a lively meeting as we disagree with the judge's choice !! But it is always a good meeting to start the year, so come along, sit back, relax and feast your eyes on images of birds and other wildlife.

Regards Eleanor
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