Sunday, 29 January 2017

Sunday round-up


A mixture of weather today which I think is going to be the feature of this coming week...

Eric Graham visited Blatherwycke Lake in the north of the county today and located a pair of Egyptian Geese and at least 12 Mandarin Ducks.

A morning walk at Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows reserve in the Nene Valley provided good numbers of common birds including a Common Buzzard feeding on what appeared to be a dead goose on one of the islands. A Kingfisher and a Water Rail and three Cetti's Warblers were all audible but sadly didn't show themselves but a mixture of common wildfowl showed well and a Siskin and a Red Fox were noted briefly.

Jacob was again at Pitsford Reservoir after completing his RSPB Big Garden Watch and located a drake Smew in the Walgrave Bay, a Great White Egret, two Green Sandpipers, two Redshanks, five Pintail, two Ravens and two Grey Wagtails. An adult Caspian Gull was chased from the afternoon gull roost by a couple of Great Black-backed Gulls. A Grey Wagtail and a Water Rail were noted at Brixworth Water Treatment Works and a male Brambling was again in the garden at Hanging Houghton.

Nick Parker found a flock of 38 Waxwings in Kettering this afternoon, at the junction of Mary's Road and Linden Avenue and Hugh Matthews located a flock of about 25 Waxwings in Northampton in the vicinity of 14 Bush Hill near Abington. Bob Bullock later relocated 21 of them at the junction of Silverdale/Ferndale Road. These birds were reportedly seen flying north at about 4.55pm.

Ringing efforts by Sarah and Kenny Cramer at Milton Keynes over the week-end at an old orchard proved very effective with 79 birds caught which included a very high number of 36 Blackbirds, 10 Redwings, 2 Fieldfares, 3 Goldcrests, 7 Long-tailed Tits and a Woodpigeon.


Neil M

Common Buzzard.

As some of the prey dwindles and the seasons
begin to tilt, Common Buzzards become more
obvious alongside our roads and wander into each
other's territories. Skirmishes and interaction
become the norm and the opportunity for close
views increase.

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