A walk around the reserve section of Pitsford Reservoir was called for this morning, as we completed the last Common Bird Census of the year. Plenty of birds about but mostly standard fare which included about six Little Egrets, two Yellow-legged Gulls, a couple of Kingfishers and family parties of Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk and Tawny Owl. The best of the smaller birds were Grey and Yellow Wagtail, Lesser Whitethroat and Marsh and Willow Tit. There were some large feeding flocks made up of tits, warblers, Goldcrests and Treecreepers moving through the foliage. Insects included a good variety of common butterflies and dragonflies.
In the pre-roost gathering of gulls by the yacht club this evening, a juvenile Mediterranean Gull was present as were two Yellow-legged Gulls. The pair of summering Ruddy Shelduck were with Canada Geese just off the dam.
At Harrington Airfield this evening, Eleanor kept to the main concrete track and saw a singing Grasshopper Warbler, a 'purring' Turtle Dove, a Redstart, a Barn Owl, a pair of Grey Partridge and two Crossbills flying low in an easterly direction towards the B576.
Courtesy of Lynne Barnett
|Juvenile Mediterranean Gull|