Friday, 23 October 2015

Pitsford WeBS Count


Birds yesterday (Thursday), included a single late Swallow winging it's way south between Walgrave and Pitsford Reservoir at lunch-time. Other birds included a pair of Stonechat in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton with three more in the southern-most field of the Blueberry Farm complex.

Most of today (Friday) was committed to completing the wetland and waterbird count at Pitsford Reservoir. Five Great White Egrets were the highlight, at one stage with all the birds standing together on the point between the Scaldwell and Walgrave Bays. Other counts included a site record of 25 Little Egrets, 5-8 Green Sandpipers, 25 Snipe, two Barnacle Geese, 24 Pintail, 5 Goldeneye, 17 Red-crested Pochard, an unusual hybrid in the shape of a female Ferruginous x Red-crested Pochard, a single Ruddy Shelduck, a Shelduck, a dozen or so redpoll sp and a similar number of Siskin, half a dozen noisy Marsh Tits, 3 Grey Wagtails and an adult Yellow-legged Gull.

The evening gull roost included five Yellow-legged Gulls including one adult with a marginally darker upper-side and a streaked head.

This afternoon there were three Grey Wagtails at Brixworth Sewer Works and Blueberry Farm attracted a male Stonechat, an adult male Peregrine and a group of twelve foraging Red Kites.


Neil M
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