Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Back on line!

Hello

Our apologies for the lack of blogs recently. We completely lost our Internet connection at home but have finally been reconnected...

Last Friday (9th) saw two Redstarts between Old and Walgrave and on Saturday (10th) Harrington Airfield hosted a Turtle Dove, two Redstarts and two redpoll sp.

On Sunday (11th) a Marsh Harrier was hunting fields in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton.

Yesterday (Monday) and a WeBS count at Ditchford Gravel Pits was mostly quiet for birds but interesting sightings included seven Egyptian Geese, a fine drake Mandarin Duck, three Yellow-legged Gulls, a Hobby, a Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, a Ringed Plover, a Snipe, at least eight Kingfishers and small numbers of Grey Wagtails and Cetti's Warblers. There were plenty of Migrant Hawker and Common Darter dragonflies and a large unidentified Pond Turtle was the first seen at this site for a couple of years.

Today (Tuesday) and birds in the Brampton Valley/Blueberry Farm area included a juvenile Marsh Harrier, a Wheatear, two Whinchats, one or two Redstart(s) and two Grey Wagtails. Harrington Airfield attracted two Whinchats, one or two Wheatear, two Redstarts, a Spotted Flycatcher and two Hobbys.

Regards

Neil McMahon




Fishing Little Egret
at Pitsford Reservoir.



Migrant Hawkers.

Common Darter.



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