Friday, 5 August 2016

Birds of early August


A late jaunt to Welford Reservoir yesterday evening (Thursday) was useful to appreciate the very low water levels of this canal feeder. Birds included three Little Egrets, a Common Sandpiper, a Kingfisher, a Grey Wagtail and a Barn Owl. Nearby Naseby Reservoir received a brief visit, the water level being higher here and the only birds of note were a Little Egret and a brood of Tufted Duck ducklings.

This morning (Friday) and a ringing session took place in the Scaldwell Bay at Pitsford Reservoir which yielded 59 birds of 19 species. Perhaps the most noteworthy were two juvenile Kingfishers, four Reed Warblers, three Garden Warblers, ten Blackcaps, six Whitethroats, two Willow Warblers, four Chiffchaffs, a Treecreeper, two Song Thrushes and a juvenile Willow Tit. Other birds noted included a Water Rail, a Green Sandpiper and an adult Yellow-legged Gull.

At least six Crossbills were feeding in trees in the main car park at Sywell Country Park this morning, other birds noted here included two female Red-crested Pochard and two Grey Wagtails and two Kingfishers. Two Ravens were at Hanging Houghton and a Hobby was at Blueberry Farm, Maidwell.


Neil M


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