Saturday, 11 April 2015

Cool wind migrants


A wander around Harrington Airfield in the rain this morning did little for the soul or the day bird list!

A visit to the water treatment works near Brixworth during the afternoon provided my first two House Martins of the year. They were with a dozen Swallows, the old-style filter beds attracting insects for these aerial hunters even in the cool wind.

Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers and Blackcaps are now pretty widespread in the centre of the county although there are clearly many more individuals yet to arrive.

An evening visit to Summer Leys Nature Reserve in bright but cool conditions provided views of a single Little Ringed Plover, a Ruff, 2-3 Oystercatchers, a pair of Shelduck and other fairly standard fare. The feed station there is currently providing excellent views of common birds including Bullfinch, Reed Bunting and today a Marsh Tit too...


Neil M
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