Sunday, 5 April 2015

Quality migrants


Eleanor scouted out Harrington Airfield first thing this morning and came across a male Ring Ouzel in roadside hawthorns. Unfortunately the bird flew upwards and high and flew out of sight and wasn't seen again. It was tempting to think that it had roosted in the bushes overnight and was continuing on its way. Two Wheatears were around the bunkers plus a pair of Grey Partridge.

A Raven flew through at Hanging Houghton this morning and a vocal Curlew was flying around Pitsford Reservoir for quite some time late morning.

Blueberry Farm this afternoon again attracted Eleanor and three hunting Barn Owls but there was no sign of yesterday's Hen Harrier. However the best bird waited until just after 7pm when a Common Crane flew south from Blueberry Farm and over Gamboro' Plantation towards Cottesbrooke. 

Today Chris Payne conducted some ringing in his garden at Greens Norton, capturing a male Sparrowhawk and eight new Goldfinches and six Reed Buntings among others.


Neil M


Courtesy of Chris Payne


Male and female Bullfinch

Water Vole

Above five images courtesy
of  Robin Gossage

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