Friday, 2 October 2015

Autumnal Pitsford

A stroll along the Scaldwell Bay at Pitsford Res yesterday afternoon was glorious in the autumn sunshine. 
Autumn is my favourite season at Pitsford: the berry laden trees and bushes, late hunting dragonflys, wonderful odours and colours plus of course the large number of waterfowl all combine to make a visit special.
The two Great White Egrets were still present, one in the Walgrave Bay and one on the bank between the Walgrave and Holcot Bays.
I couldn't find any Pintail Today, there have been up to 4 recently in the Scaldwell bay. Only two Red-crested Pochard were on view, the pale drake with a duck present for the first time this autumn as far as I am aware. The group of 4 eclipse drakes were not in evidence.
A pleasant, but not entirely unexpected surprise was a solitary male Stonechat near to Paul's bench. It wasn't sporting a ring, so not a bird captured by Neil M last winter.
The Yellow-legged Gull was still in attendance as well as the immature Shelduck.
On the return leg a Kestrel was hunting over the meadow near to the Maytree's Hide without success.

                     Neil H.
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