Monday, 22 September 2014

Autumn sunshine


A stunning autumnal day meant that Eleanor was soon out of the door this morning, joined by me a little later with a few chores completed.

A 'cream crown' Marsh Harrier flew along the Brampton Valley towards Brixworth from below Hanging Houghton at about 10.45am, but there was little else to report with the valley fields being very dry at the moment.

A quick late morning walk at Harrington Airfield was profitable if you like looking at good numbers of soaring Kestrels, Common Buzzards and Red Kites as there were plenty in every direction. A female Peregrine, presumably the Blueberry bird, came over the airfield causing some consternation among the gulls feeding on the fields. Passerines were generally in low numbers with just a few common warblers, Yellowhammers, Goldfinches and Meadow Pipits perhaps being the most obvious on show.

Early afternoon saw us in the Scaldwell Bay at Pitsford Res where there were five Red-crested Pochard (including a leucistic individual) and a Little Egret. The bay was disturbed due to some tree felling which will hopefully improve viewing conditions around the Bird Club hide.


Neil M

Red Kite
Harrington Airfield

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