Friday, 13 March 2015

Subtle Spring migration


Yesterday evening (Thursday), an adult Yellow-legged Gull was present in the gull roost at Pitsford Reservoir (but no sign of any Meds).

Today Neil H visited Summer Leys Nature Reserve at Earls Barton and notched up a Peregrine, 3-4 Redshank, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Shelduck, 2 Grey Wagtails, 3 Chiffchaffs and a Cetti's Warbler.

Birds in our garden at Hanging Houghton today included now 8 Reed Buntings, 2 Yellowhammers, a Tree Sparrow, a Marsh Tit and a Chiffchaff. Lots of Meadow Pipits and winter thrushes and Starlings were visibly on the move over the NN6 area today.

The Kelmarsh Estate provided a Raven and two Grey Wagtails at Kelmarsh Hall and a Woodcock at Sunderland Wood and birds at nearby Harrington Airfield included 2 Ravens, 2 Grey Partridges and ca50 Golden Plovers.

Blueberry Farm provided the best birds this afternoon with an adult male Merlin, a Short-eared Owl (Hill Field), 2 Barn Owls, 3 Woodcock and 6 Stonechats.


Neil M
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