Saturday, 16 August 2014

Pitsford and the rest...


Eleanor visited Harrington Airfield this morning and again saw the 'cream-crown' Marsh Harrier.  Passerines in good numbers included plenty of Whitethroat and Willow Warbler and the large mixed flock of Goldfinch and Linnet had returned. Two Ravens were also present.

With much of the day spent at Pitsford Reservoir, there was a reasonable day list of birds which included an Osprey in the Scaldwell Bay at 2.45pm, at least one Hobby, 6 Red-crested Pochard (two drakes Walgrave Bay, a drake and three females in the Scaldwell Bay), 2 Kingfishers, 3-6 Common Sandpipers, a Redshank, a Snipe, a Curlew, 4+ Little Egrets, a Bar-headed Goose, the pair of Ruddy Shelduck, 2 Black Swans, a Goldeneye, ca6 Yellow-legged Gulls (2 adults), and a juvenile Mediterranean Gull in the evening roost.

Ringing operations there today led to 102 birds being caught, perhaps the most interesting being a Green Woodpecker, a Marsh Tit, 6 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, a Sedge Warbler, 24 Chiffchaff, 11 Willow Warbler and 4 House Martin.  Large numbers of migrant Sand Martins were whizzing over the water all day.

Nick Wood and Chris Payne were ringing at Stortons GP this morning and caught a number of warblers which included 9 Whitethroat and several each of Blackcap and Garden Warbler as well as the usual Reed Warbler.  They also noted several Kingfishers and a Peregrine.

This evening two Ravens were in a sheep field at Hanging Houghton adjacent to the A508.


Neil M

Hornets seem to be
occupying several
nest-boxes at Pitsford
this year, this one being
in Christies Copse.

Eclipse and flightless
drake Goldeneye
Scaldwell Bay.

Pitsford Reservoir looking
towards the Maytrees Hide from
the New James Fisher Hide.

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