Saturday, 19 September 2015

Autumn sunshine


This morning was spent at Ditchford Gravel Pits completing the WeBS count. Super weather with plenty of sunshine provided ideal conditions for end-of -season insects with plenty of dragon-flies and butterflies on the wing. The calls of Meadow Pipits, Siskins and Chiffchaffs were constant all day today as these passerines move through our county in large numbers.

The scarcer birds at Ditchford today included 16 Egyptian Geese west of Ditchford Lane, a flock of seven Red-crested Pochard on a small pit between the main pit and Irhlingborough, a Green Sandpiper, two Snipe, seven Little Egrets, two Water Rails and seven Kingfishers.

At Pitsford Res, a Great White Egret was present in the Walgrave Bay and there were at least six Little Egrets north of the causeway early this afternoon. Two Willow Tits were present in the Scaldwell Bay and a Raven flew over the Fishing Lodge.

This afternoon birds in the vicinity of the southern end of Blueberry Farm included two male Redstarts, four Whinchats and a Wheatear and Harrington Airfield hosted a Wheatear, two Ravens, calling Grey Partridges and a Barn Owl.

Please note that there will be a ringing session at Harrington Airfield tomorrow which means there will be no general access to the old airstrip and bunkers. All the footpaths and access to the concrete track remain unaffected.


Neil M

Juvenile Song Thrush

Egyptian Geese


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