Monday, 16 March 2015

Ditchford WeBS


This morning a hike around Borough Hill Country Park at Daventry provided lots of cows but not too many birds - two Ravens and plenty of Skylarks were about the best. Similarly a walk around Blueberry Farm provided plenty of common birds but with just a single Woodcock being the only noteworthy item.

This afternoon was taken up completing a belated WeBS count at Ditchford Gravel Pits. As usual the pits west of Ditchford Lane were the more interesting and attracted two Great White Egrets (together some of the time), a Little Egret, 3-4 Egyptian Geese, an Oystercatcher and a first year female Peregrine. Other birds noted on the overall complex included another Little Egret, just one Kingfisher, a Grey Wagtail, six Sand Martins, at least eleven Chiffchaffs, 4+ Cetti's Warblers, two Water Rails and three Shelduck.

Birds attracted to our garden at Hanging Houghton today included a gang of Reed Buntings still plus a Marsh Tit, and a Raven flew through the village last thing this evening.


Neil M

Drake Tufted Duck

First year female Peregrine

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