Sunday, 26 February 2017

Pitsford WeBS count


Three of us committed to the monthly wetland bird count at Pitsford Reservoir today, and incorporating the gull roost it took us ten hours to complete. There was little that was new but we enjoyed the old favourites as we counted the more common fare. The Red-necked Grebe was off the causeway, but for the first time this was on the north side (keeping out of the wind). The Slavonian Grebe was initially in the Pintail Bay but later moved to Yacht Bay.

At least two Great White Egrets were north of the causeway and waders amounted to a Woodcock, a Jack Snipe, ninety Common Snipe, two Green Sandpipers and two Redshanks. A drake Pintail was in the Scaldwell Bay, we noted two Kingfishers and interesting passerines included four Grey Wagtails, two Stonechats, two Marsh Tits and two Willow Tits. The more interesting gulls included a first winter Yellow-legged Gull and a first winter Mediterranean Gull.

A Brambling was in Jacob's Scaldwell garden this morning and birds at Harrington Airfield included four Grey Partridges and four Tree Sparrows on the feed.


Neil M

Great White Egret.

Female Yellowhammer.


Slavonian Grebe.

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