Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Quality birds in Northants and Yorkshire!


A walk around the Harrington Airfield complex this morning was good for eight Bramblings (at least six by the concrete entrance and two by the shooting wall), a Short-eared Owl (initially asleep on straw bales at the end of the track), at least four Grey Partridges, thirty Golden Plover, a Blackcap, two Grey Wagtails, a pair of Stonechat and a steady flow of migrating Redwings and Fieldfares over.

Blueberry Farm this afternoon yielded two pairs of Stonechat, a female Peregrine, a female 'ringtail' Hen Harrier at 16.40hrs which flew towards Haselbech and Red Kites and Common Buzzards following a tractor as it was cutting the setaside vegetation. A Barn Owl was hunting in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton.

A small team of us ventured up to Easington in East Yorkshire today and successfully saw the Siberian Accentor which has been there for about a week now. A stunning bird which before this autumn had not been recorded in the UK. We also managed to connect with an Isabelline Wheatear which was being pushed around by a Northern Wheatear and other noteworthy birds during the day included Mediterranean Gull, a Peregrine, a Black Redstart and two Shore Larks.


Neil M

Siberian Accentor

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