Friday, 3 April 2015

Summer Leys


An early start this morning and I was at Summer Leys Nature Reserve at dawn. Twenty minutes later and an Otter showed as seen from the Pioneer Hide, fishing out on one of the pits. It disappeared after about five minutes but then showed twice more during the next hour. A Fox came wandering past the hide but unfortunately the awful light and drizzle means that the images are pretty dire (please see below).

The second summer Mediterranean Gull flew in at 6.35am and very much held territory on Rotary Island, calling, displaying and getting physical with nearby Black-headed Gulls. A thoroughly good-looking gull although I am biased because 'the Med' is definitely one of my favourite gulls, particularly as I was fortunate to find the first one ever in the county many moons ago.

Two White Wagtails were visible from the Screen Hide for a short time and a pair of Red-crested Pochard flew on to the reserve. A Swallow over Mary's Lake was my first of the year. Standard fare included three Oystercatchers, two Redshank, a pair of mobile Shelduck, plenty of Shoveler and Goldeneye and three singing Cetti's Warblers.

A subsequent visit to Pitsford Res suggested this site was quiet with just four Shelduck and a pair of Oystercatcher to show for my deliberations. A couple of hours ringing in the garden provided almost 40 captures, including a dozen new Goldfinches and singles of Reed Bunting and Yellowhammer.

During a short reprieve in the rain this afternoon, Eleanor saw two hunting Barn Owls at Blueberry Farm, Maidwell.


Neil M

Red Fox

Very much a record
shot of an Otter!

Responsible for much of the
noise during a dawn chorus-
the Song Thrush

Second summer
Mediterranean Gull

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