Saturday, 4 February 2017

What a beautiful day!


Eric Graham's regular week-end jaunt around the Titchmarsh Reserve at Thrapston provided birds today in the shape of a Great White Egret, a redpoll sp and six drake Goosanders. The continuation of the spring-like weather there today was sufficient to stimulate a Blackbird to commence building a nest!

Amanda Fraser located two Blackcaps along the Brampton Valley Way at Kingsthorpe today and Jacob's efforts at Pitsford Reservoir yielded a Great White Egret and four Little Egrets north of the causeway plus two Redshanks, a Green Sandpiper, three Willow Tits, two Marsh Tits and a Weasel. He watched a Common Buzzard attempting to catch Teal between the Bird Club and New James Fisher Hides.

Neil Hasdell visited Sywell village today and saw at least ten of the Waxwings which were coming down to the Rowans in twos and threes, and Cathy Ryden was in Kettering this afternoon and located a flock of 30+ Waxwings in St Mary's Road at the junction with Linden Avenue (a consistently reliable site).

Brixworth Water Treatment Works hosted a Grey Wagtail, a Snipe, several Siskins and at least two Chiffchaffs, one of which was singing well in the sunshine.

A visit to Ravensthorpe Reservoir early this afternoon was good for two Great White Egrets, a fine drake Smew, several Siskins, displaying Common Buzzards and Sparrowhawk, a Chiffchaff and two Otters showing briefly on the island nearest to the causeway.


Neil M

Blue Tit

Common Buzzard

Great White Egret



All images taken by Jacob Spinks
at Pitsford Reservoir today...

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