Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Pitsford am


This morning was phase one of a planned 'bio-blitz' on the reserve at Pitsford Reservoir, as managed by the Wildlife Trust wardens Sarah and Mischa. Phase two kicks in later this evening centred around the Christies Copse complex in the Walgrave Bay. 

Birds noted today included a Little Egret, a Common Sandpiper, a Kingfisher and Siskin was heard on a couple of occasions. The Muntjac Deer were out in force first thing, no doubt nosing around before it became too hot. And of course plenty of insects are taking full advantage of the very sunny and warm conditions with good numbers of common butterflies (including Painted Ladies) damselflies and a couple of Black-tailed Skimmers.

A flock of 180 Gadwall were loafing in the Walgrave Bay, and with birds elsewhere on the reserve the total must be well in excess of 200.

A Barn Owl was hunting around a cut hay field in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton this morning.


Neil M

Muntjac munching
on willow leaves


Song Thrush

All these images were taken
from the Bird Club hide in the
Scaldwell Bay at Pitsford Res

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