Saturday, 5 November 2016

Saturday's sightings


Plenty of Redwings and Fieldfares were at Harrington Airfield first thing this morning but not much else...

Two Otters were showing very well at Ravensthorpe Reservoir this morning (at about 10am) and one of them was still on show at about 3.30pm. Viewing was from the road causeway between the villages of Coton and Ravensthorpe with the animals fishing and playing in the water on the west side of the causeway (the 'small side'). A Green Sandpiper was also present.

A Peregrine suffered the attention of two mobbing Ravens at Staverton this morning and nearby Daventry Country Park with its low water levels hosted two Shelduck, a Green Sandpiper, two Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap, a Kingfisher and a Grey Wagtail.

Two Ravens were at Lamport Hall this afternoon and a redpoll sp and a Grey Wagtail were at Brixworth Sewer Works.

Pitsford Reservoir continues to attract up to three Great White Egrets, at least ten Little Egrets, still plenty of Pintail, several Goldeneye, a Green Sandpiper and a Grey Wagtail. Scanning the gull roost didn't provide a bird of note. A Barn Owl was hunting the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton at dusk.

Kenny Cramer and team experimented with ringing in the afternoon until dark at Linford Lakes and caught thirty birds of eleven species which included two Redwings, a Blackbird, a Song Thrush, nine Long-tailed Tits, two Goldcrests, a Treecreeper and a Bullfinch.

With Waxwings arriving on the east coast in good numbers it can't be long before we soon have a sighting or two in the county...


Neil M


Green Sandpiper.
Courtesy of Jacob Spinks.

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