Friday, 15 April 2016

More rain birds!


A walk in the rain at Harrington Airfield this morning initially didn't provide much of interest but did include a single Wheatear and a pair of Grey Partridge. On my walk back a male Ring Ouzel flew towards me and then arced around and probably came down in bushes near to the concrete track entrance. Four or five singing Willow Warblers seemed to be very much on territory.

Pitsford Reservoir provided ten Fieldfares on fields below the dam and three Yellow Wagtails in the grounds of the Sailing Club. A singing Wood Warbler was discovered by David Rowe in trees by the Fishing Lodge and this bird sang and showed on and off during the afternoon. A Whimbrel flew north at 12.20pm, the pair of Oystercatcher are still present and an Arctic Tern was in the Scaldwell Bay. Jacob Spinks later saw an immature male Goshawk and a large gathering of Swallows also in the Scaldwell Bay.

Nick Parker's birding venture at Thrapston GP this afternoon/evening provided views of 35 'Commic' Terns which included at least two Arctic Terns, ca200 Swallows and a calling Cuckoo as well as good numbers of common warblers.


Neil M

Long-tailed Tit

Comma butterfly

Great Crested Grebes

Images courtesy of Cathy Ryden, from
a brighter and sunnier day than today!

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