Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Old gravel pit syndrome!


Well the bright day with plenty of forecast sunshine didn't really happen!

In any event I spent much of the day over at Ditchford GP completing the WeBS count on the older pits which don't receive much birder attention. They don't seem to turn up much that is unusual but parts of the old complex do still look very good, well they do to me if not the birds!

The sunshine that was around in the early part of the morning promoted flights of insects in to the air which included a late Common Darter dragonfly. Reasonable numbers of wildfowl didn't include anything out of the ordinary but it was good to count a couple of Water Rails, three Jack Snipe and nine Common Snipe. Smaller birds included five Kingfishers, nine vocal Cetti's Warblers, nine Chiffchaffs and at least one Grey Wagtail.

Eleanor's foray to Harrington Airfield this morning produced plenty of winter thrushes but not much else. Birds visible from the Old Scaldwell Road at Pitsford Reservoir amounted to four Great White Egrets, ten plus Little Egrets, at least twelve Red-crested Pochard, two Scaup, several Pintail and a female Peregrine.

An afternoon amble in Brixworth Country Park was good for two Bramblings, six Siskins, a couple of redpoll sp and a fly-over Raven.

Cathy Ryden was over at Ravensthorpe Reservoir this afternoon and watched three Otters on the 'small side' plus a Great White Egret and a Green Sandpiper.


Neil M


Numerous flocks of Long-tailed Tits
occupy the willows and other bushes
around the Ditchford GP complex and
these flocks can be a good 'carrier' species
 for other birds. I found Chiffchaffs
 and Goldcrests with them but no late
 autumn sibes!

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