Friday, 2 January 2015

Ring-necked Duck


Out and about in the county today in sunny but cool conditions. My apologies but I forgot to document the fact that yesterday Eleanor saw a Short-eared Owl at Blueberry Farm, Maidwell in the evening, flying around the southern border of the complex.

I went to have a look at the female Ring-necked Duck at Billing Gravel Pits this morning, as viewed from the Billing Garden Centre site. I asked permission to view the bird from the caravan sales premises and obtained reasonable views in harsh light and through the waterside willows. Other birds included a Grey Wagtail and a Kingfisher.

A Great White Egret was visible from the causeway at Pitsford Res, perched in waterside bushes in the sunshine alongside Grey Herons and Cormorants on the west side of the Holcot Bay. Two Redshanks were also present but a check of the gull roost failed to identify a gull of note.

Other birds noted today included two Ravens again near Hanging Houghton plus a single at Kelmarsh Hall, a Grey Wagtail at Brixworth, just eleven Golden Plovers at Harrington Airfield and a hunting Barn Owl at Blueberry Farm this afternoon.


Neil M

Ring-necked Duck

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