Saturday, 14 January 2017

Kettering Waxwings (again)!


Birds at Pitsford Reservoir north of the causeway today included two Great White Egrets, eleven Pintail (eight drakes), two Redshank, two Green Sandpipers, a Grey Wagtail and a Chiffchaff. The gull roost off the Sailing Club in the afternoon contained an adult Caspian Gull and a first year Yellow-legged Gull with a Little Owl nearby.

Two Great White Egrets were still present at Ravensthorpe Reservoir this afternoon and birds viewable at Daventry Country Park included a Shelduck, four Goosanders and an adult female Peregrine. Four Ravens were very vocal and interactive at Staverton.

The Waxwings were mobile in Kettering town centre today, numbering at least thirty, and then they appeared to absence themselves during the early afternoon. The three known venues were School Lane car park, the area in front of Pets at Home and Sainsbury's and a lone Rowan tree in front of the Alexandra Arms. It is likely that they have found somewhere else in Kettering to feed but are likely to return periodically to the same trees at the above locations as there are still some favoured berries left.

Two pairs of Stonechats remain in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton.


Neil M

Waxwings courtesy of
Pete Gilbert.

Waxwings courtesy of
Jacob Spinks.

The amazing Waxwings in Kettering today
(a shame that I failed to catch up with them)!

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