Saturday, 21 November 2015

Windy and cold...


My apologies but I forgot to mention a few birds for Pitsford Reservoir yesterday, namely the Ruddy Shelduck, the Shelduck and two Ravens all north of the causeway.

A couple of visits to Blueberry Farm, Maidwell by Eleanor today provided a list of two Short-eared Owls, a particularly pale Barn Owl, ten Stonechats, plenty of Red Kites and good numbers of Fieldfares. Another Barn Owl was showing this afternoon in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton.

Very windy conditions from the north was probably the reason for an influx of common thrushes at Harrington Airfield this morning and about 25 Golden Plovers were present too.

Bits and pieces today included single Chiffchaffs at Brixworth Sewer Works and Pitsford Reservoir with the Redshank still off the causeway at the latter site and a Kingfisher at the Sailing Club.

I spent much of the day filling feeders at eight feeding stations, the plummeting temperatures causing the birds to respond by visiting the feeders in good numbers.

Two new birdwatching hides constructed on the reserve at Pitsford Reservoir have now been completed. One replaces the Bird Club hide in the Scaldwell Bay and the other replaces the main hide in the Walgrave Bay. Both to my mind have been built to a high standard with hinged and glazed viewing ports and movable benches to cater for all heights and optical equipment.


Neil M

Little Egret

Great White Egret

Grey Heron and Great White Egret

All images taken yesterday by Robin Gossage
on the reserve at Pitsford Reservoir

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