Friday, 20 November 2015

Pitsford WeBS count...


Much of today was spent completing the monthly WeBS count of waterbirds at Pitsford Reservoir in pleasant weather conditions. Two Great White Egrets remain (Walgrave Bay) and there were up to twenty Little Egrets present too. Waders included two Golden Plover, a Redshank, four Green Sandpipers, forty-eight Snipe and a Jack Snipe. Waterfowl were not present in large numbers, with scarcer birds being just six Pintail and thirteen Red-crested Pochard (all present north of the causeway). A juvenile female Peregrine was active around the reserve section first thing and passerines included a Grey Wagtail and just a few each of Brambling, redpoll sp and Siskin.

Nearby, Brixworth Country Park attracted a Crossbill, fifteen Siskins, three Bramblings and six Lesser Redpolls.

Eleanor visited Blueberry Farm near Maidwell twice today and noted a male Peregrine, two Short-eared Owls, a Barn Owl, ten Stonechats and more mobile Bramblings, redpoll sp and Siskins. A small flock of five Pink-footed Geese flew low over Blueberry Farm in to the Brampton Valley and on towards Pitsford Res (but were not seen there) at about 8.20am.


Neil M

Little Egret

Grey Heron

Mute Swans hunkering down
before a squall

Common Buzzard

All images taken today at Pitsford
Reservoir by Robin Gossage.

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