Monday, 11 April 2016

Birds of an easterly wind...


A brighter and warmer start than I was expecting at Harrington Airfield this morning but the only birds of note were a single male Wheatear and one of the resident pair of Grey Partridge.

A summer plumage Green Sandpiper remains on the dwindling flood water between the Windhover Public House and Boughton Mill Riding Stables in the Brampton Valley and birds visible from the dam at Pitsford this lunchtime included four Little Gulls, the Ruddy Shelduck and the Green Sandpiper there too.

Eleanor followed up Doug McFarlane's suggestion of looking just south of the Kelmarsh Tunnels on the Brampton Valley Way this morning and espied a calling Lesser Spotted Woodpecker there together with a mixture of other good woodland birds which included Nuthatch, Marsh Tit and Siskin. Thank-you Doug!

In the meantime Neil Hasdell was over at Summer Leys LNR this morning and enjoyed a hatful of birds which included eight Little Gulls, a Peregrine, the female Scaup still and Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler and Grasshopper Warbler.


Neil M

Green Sandpiper in summer plumage.

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