Friday, 10 February 2017

Snow flurries


Phil Horsnail again saw the 'ringtail' Hen Harrier quartering fields that used to form part of Polebrook Airfield this morning. 

On a day of visiting the majority of the winter feed stations in cold conditions, I didn't come across much that was different. However the birds are wolfing down the food in this wintery weather, particularly as the daylight hours have increased giving them more time to feed. A Grey Wagtail was noticed at Kelmarsh Hall and Brixworth Water Treatment Works hosted eighty Pied Wagtails, three Grey Wagtails and three Chiffchaffs. 

At Pitsford Reservoir the Slavonian Grebe was fishing in Yacht Bay (next to the Sailing Club) at 11.55am and Eleanor flushed two Woodcock near Walgrave this afternoon.

Cathy Ryden watched both a Bullfinch and a Siskin on her garden feeders near Guilsborough this morning. Up to 22 Waxwings remain in the Sywell village area by the airport entrance, now tucking in to the last Rowan tree that still has good numbers of berries.


Neil M

Jim Dunkley photographed
this Green Woodpecker in
his neighbour's garden at
Sywell today, and he was able
to add 22 Waxwings on to
his ' 2017 seen from the garden list'!

Drake Pochard. A much
scarcer bird these days with
relatively few wintering on our
gravel pits and reservoirs.

Drake Pintail. A few are lingering
at Pitsford Reservoir and at Summer
Leys currently, but this scarce duck
locally is much more common in the
autumn and becomes progressively
harder to find as the winter progresses.

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