Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Pitsford WeBS count


Yesterday (Tuesday), Eleanor noted a Short-eared Owl by the third bunker at Harrington Airfield and later saw a single Barn Owl at Blueberry Farm.

Today was the WeBS count at Pitsford Reservoir. A Great White Egret was mobile around the reserve and a second year Yellow-legged Gull was present first thing. The Slavonian Grebe was about half way between the causeway and the dam in the vicinity of The Holly Tree but towards the Brixworth bank. The three White-fronted Geese were with four Greylags in fields near to the Pintail Bay, often obscured by the trees. Waders included two Green Sandpipers, 100 Snipe, a Jack Snipe and 25 Golden Plovers flying over. Five species of raptor included an adult male Peregrine and the only Smew was a 'redhead' at the very back of the Holcot Bay. Other birds included three Kingfishers and a female Stonechat.

Frank Quinn noted two Stonechats at Bluebery Farm today, in Big Lichfields.


Neil M



Female Stonechat

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