Sunday, 12 February 2017

Creatures of a cold Sunday!


Another day of unpleasant weather but plenty of observers out nonetheless.

A couple of observers at Pitsford Reservoir today caused a few records of long-staying birds - the Caspian Gull in the gull roost, the Slavonian Grebe in Yacht Bay, two Redshanks, two Ravens and two Marsh Tits.

Four Otters showed well at Ravensthorpe Reservoir this afternoon and two Great White Egrets remain. Nearby Andrew Tyrrell saw at least four Stonechats at Hollowell Reservoir and Eleanor saw four Ravens again at Staverton and a pair of Stonechat in the valley below Hanging Houghton. Two Brown Hares were the only creatures of note for me at Harrington Airfield.

Debbie and Eric Graham saw a pair of Mandarin Duck at Blatherwycke Lake today and Nick Parker's efforts at trudging around the Titchmarsh Reserve were rewarded with excellent views of a Bittern on Heronry Lake, a Great White Egret, a Goosander and 140 Pochard.

Chris Payne noticed a flock of thirty plus small finches at Greens Norton today, predominately redpolls and smaller numbers of Siskins, and he now has several Reed Buntings visiting his garden for food. At least one Siskin was present at Walgrave village.


Neil M

Feeding birds in your
garden is all very well, but
 sometimes other creatures
 muscle in!

Muntjac at Priors Marston
courtesy of Helen Franklin.

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