Monday, 13 July 2015

Pitsford and bits


This morning Neil H explored the Scaldwell Bay at Pitsford Reservoir and espied singles of Common and Green Sandpiper. There are some interesting muddy margins currently so the early autumn wader passage might produce some interesting records...
Yesterday (Sunday 12th July), Jacob Spinks noted a Common Sandpiper, a Shelduck and 3+ Little Egrets all in the Scaldwell Bay.

At 1.50pm this afternoon, a flock of eight Crossbills passed south west over Brixworth Country Park, possibly having emerged from the trees in the Pintail Bay at the reservoir. Despite the moist conditions, plenty of Roesel's Bush-crickets were whirring away in the grassy areas in the country park. A single adult Yellow-legged Gull was on a buoy near to the Sailing Club and a Grey Wagtail was noted at nearby Brixworth Sewer Works.

In the meantime, Eleanor was over at Staverton near Daventry and again witnessed the family party of Ravens there, seemingly four juveniles successfully fledging but staying with the adults and forming a mobile family group.

Local naturalist Jean Dunn lives in Boughton near to the outskirts of Northampton and has found a large roost of what appear to be Common Pipistrelle bats in her house. On warm evenings, as many as 95 have emerged to fly around after insects.

Finally, a captive female African Grey Parrot escaped locally in June and has been seen in the West Hunsbury area of Northampton this month. The owner Karen Wright would dearly love to be reunited with her family pet and has issued a reward for the safe re-capture and return. Should you have any news on this bird since 10th July, please email Karen on:


Neil M

Hummingbird Hawk-moth
courtesy of Jean Dunn
Privet Hawk-moth
courtesy of Cathy Ryden.
Buff-tip Moth
courtesy of Cathy Ryden.
Nestling Red Kite
courtesy of Cathy Ryden and
Jacob Spinks.

Leopard Moth
courtesy of Jean Dunn

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