Thursday, 29 December 2016

Birds of a cold Thursday

Hello

Plenty of birds around today with Debbie and Eric Graham watching a Bittern at Thrapston Gravel Pits this afternoon (from the hide on the Titchmarsh Reserve Heronry Lake) and Cathy Ryden noted a Stonechat at Hollowell Reservoir and three Great White Egrets at Ravensthorpe Reservoir.

Eleanor and Jacob Spinks spent some time at Pitsford Reservoir today, birds noted included 2-3 Great White Egrets, the Slavonian Grebe again, a female Pintail, 4 plus Little Egrets, 2 Green Sandpipers, 2-3 Redshank, a few Snipe, 2-3 Ravens, a Siskin and 2 Grey Wagtails.

The valley below Hanging Houghton continued to host a pair of Stonechat and a Barn Owl whilst Harrington Airfield produced good birds in the shape of a 'ringtail' Hen Harrier (probably a female), 200 plus Golden Plovers, 2 Ravens and at least 2 Bramblings.

The cold weather has caused the birds to be active in the garden here at Hanging Houghton and the scarcer birds were made up of a Reed Bunting, 3-4 Tree Sparrows, 2 Nuthatches and 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers with several Siskins flying over.

Regards

Neil M

Stonechat.

Mute Swans.

Grey Heron.

All images taken today
and courtesy of Cathy Ryden.

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