Monday, 7 September 2015

In memory of John


More autumnal birding again today when opportunities permitted provided some birds at Haselbech Hill in the shape of 1-2 Redstart(s), 2 Spotted Flycatchers, vocal Nuthatches and plenty of Siskins. Nearby at least two Whinchats were still present in the northern-most field at Blueberry Farm and at Lamport Hall two Redstarts were present in ancient hedging.

Siskins seemed to be calling wherever we were today, such are the numbers on the move.

A walk this afternoon around the Titchmarsh Reserve at Thrapston Grave Pits was very pleasant and followed our attendance at the memorial service for John Finlayson at the nearby church in Titchmarsh village. We thought the best way to mark John's passing was to walk around the reserve he loved. Large numbers of Chiffchaffs could be heard calling from the bushes and also good numbers of juvenile Cetti's Warblers were trying out their songs for the first time. Two Little Egrets and three Kingfishers were noted and the clumps of elders attracted Blackcaps, Whitethroats and Lesser Whitethroats all intent on consuming the ripening berries.

Birds visible from the Sailing Club at Pitsford Reservoir this evening included three juvenile Shelducks and the pair of Ruddy Shelduck and the gathering gulls included an adult Mediterranean, an adult Caspian and two adult Yellow-legged Gulls.


Neil M
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