Wednesday, 18 March 2015

More spring migrants


Early afternoon today saw us dropping in to Summer Leys Local Nature Reserve for a quick look around. Kim Taylor had earlier seen an adult Mediterranean Gull and went on to see a Great White Egret. Birds visible from the Pioneer Hide included a drake Pintail, two Little Egrets, a pair of Oystercatcher, a pair of Redshank and a Shelduck. A calling Water Pipit dropped in to waterside vegetation (to the LHS of the hide as you approach) at about 1.15pm. At least one Chiffchaff was present.

A good walk around Blueberry Farm this afternoon provided views of a Wheatear, lots of Meadow Pipits, two Woodcock and two Barn Owls. Birds at Brixworth Sewer Works included a Snipe and a Chiffchaff.

Scanning through the gulls at the roost at Pitsford Reservoir this evening produced a second winter Caspian Gull.

Chris Payne spent some time ringing at Bradden again today catching both new and re-trap birds of several species - tits and common finches dominating. A couple of Nuthatch were the highlights.


Neil M

Bathing Blackbird

Eleanor McMahon


Spring lambs!


Courtesy of Chris Payne

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