Saturday, 9 April 2016

Saturday's sightings


Migrants at Hanging Houghton first thing this morning included singles of Blackcap, Brambling and Yellow Wagtail. A subsequent visit to Harrington Airfield in promising conditions again failed to produce little more than a light sprinkling of summer migrants plus a female Brambling and at least one pair of Grey Partridge. Two Shelducks flying over Blueberry Farm might have been a site tick!

Birds noted on the reserve at Pitsford Reservoir by a combination of observers today included small numbers of summer migrants, the two Oystercatchers and a/the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, this time near to the Old Scaldwell Road Feeding Station courtesy of David Arden. However the best bird of the day was an immature Goshawk seen in the Scaldwell Bay by Jacob Spinks, remarkable inasmuch that it is potentially the third different individual to have been seen at Pitsford Res this year.

Third hand reports suggest that a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker has been seen regularly and recently along the Brampton Valley Way just south of the Kelmarsh tunnels.

Three ringing sessions are planned locally for tomorrow morning at Stortons Gravel Pits, Linford Lakes (Milton Keynes) and Kelmarsh Hall should you be interested in seeing these operations first-hand.


Neil M

Adult female Sparrowhawk

Brown Rat!

Mute Swan

Great Crested Grebes

Little Owl

Tree Sparrow

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