A meander around the reservoir at Pitsford this morning produced some birds of interest. The Great Northern Diver was seen in flight and it splashed down near to the dam. A Great White Egret was mostly concealed in willow bushes in the Moulton Grange Bay as were three Goosander and three Little Egrets. Gary Burrows saw the drake Scaup but we couldn't find it and I assume it had found a nice bay to shelter from the increasingly strong gale!
A female Merlin was seen a couple of times, a Jack Snipe, a fourth Little Egret and six Smew were all south of the causeway (a pair near the Holly Tree and four concealed under willows in the Catwalk Bay). Another two Smew were in the Holcot Bay, making a total of eight birds present today. A pair of Red-crested Pochard were visible in the Walgrave Bay and the Bar-headed Goose was reported. A couple of Grey Wagtails and wind-blown redpoll sp were south of the causeway.
Elsewhere, a Brambling and a Red Kite were noted at Hanging Houghton and there were two Bramblings on the seed at Harrington Airfield, albeit that the feeding area was somewhat wind-blasted!
Eleanor and Neil
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