Friday, 8 January 2016

It didn't rain today!


I forgot to mention that Eleanor yesterday watched a Water Vole in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton, our first record locally for many years. It is likely that it was displaced due to the very high water levels of the Brampton Brook.

A wander at Harrington Airfield in pleasant conditions this morning provided a flock of at least sixty Golden Plovers on soggy fields. Feeding station maintenance on the Kelmarsh Estate didn't yield anything out of the ordinary although there was still a handful of Siskins in alders at Kelmarsh Hall.

Eleanor's hike around the Blueberry Farm complex this morning provided views of the adult female Peregrine again, two Woodcock, a pair of Raven and a pair of Stonechat.

This afternoon at about 3.20pm, a Firecrest was heard calling in the village here at Hanging Houghton, and located in a neighbour's spruce tree. It then flew in to the grounds of Lamport Grange where it was seen briefly again about ten minutes later.

The gull roost at Pitsford Reservoir this evening again attracted the adult Caspian Gull.


Neil M

Golden Plovers

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