Saturday, 23 January 2016

Pitsford WeBS count


Today was the WeBS count at Pitsford Reservoir, which initially had some mist to contend with. No sign of any Great White Egrets today but there were still eight Little Egrets despite the high water levels. A drake Smew was in the Scaldwell Bay and an adult female Peregrine put in a couple of appearances. The Red-necked Grebe was off the Gorse Bushes (precisely half way between the dam and causeway) and the Ruddy Shelduck was again in the vicinity of the Sailing Club. Two Redshanks were present today, as were forty Snipe and an adult Caspian Gull was seen in the roost late afternoon. Other birds included a male Stonechat, a Willow Tit, a Kingfisher, a couple of Little Owls, about twenty Siskins and in excess of twenty Lesser Redpolls.

A pair of Stonechat were again in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton and Harrington Airfield this afternoon hosted a flock of ca250 Golden Plovers and a couple of fly-through Ravens.

Eric Graham was out on the Titchmarsh reserve at Thrapston GP today and notched up a Great White Egret, nine Goosanders, a Peregrine and at least one Lesser Redpoll.


Neil M

Quick count them, it's a WeBS count day!

Drake Goldeneye

Distant image of the
long-staying Red-necked Grebe

Male Stonechat

Ruddy Shelduck

All images at Pitsford
Reservoir today...

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