Friday, 28 March 2014

Summer Leys taking shape


Yesterday (27th), four Bramblings were noted on the food-stuff at Harrington Airfield.

This morning (28th), and there were two males feeding at the same spot.

Further waves of newly-arriving Chiffchaffs were evident today - two were even in our garden this morning. However despite spending some time in and around Hanging Houghton and the Brampton Valley and the Kelmarsh Estate today, little else of note was located.

We popped in to the Summer Leys reserve at Earls Barton this afternoon.  Again nothing particularly noteworthy but the managed conditions look very good and I'm sure that the work on the islands and around the scrape etc will pay dividends during spring passage over the next couple of months.  Pretty much standard birds included a drake Shelduck, small numbers of Teal, Shoveler, Wigeon, Gadwall and Goldeneye, three Little Egrets, three Redshank, on-territory Lapwings, a pair of Oystercatcher and a Kingfisher.  It was good to see and hear the beginnings of the Black-headed Gull colony taking shape for the breeding season! 

The long-staying Long-tailed Duck was still present on Mary's Lake.


Neil M
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