Monday, 13 March 2017

The Chiffchaffs have arrived!


Yesterday (Sunday) and Nick Parker's jaunt around the Titchmarsh Reserve provided views of six Goosanders and calling Water Rails. Ravens are still scarce in this part of the county and two that overflew the reserve were the first that Nick had seen here since regularly birding from the 1970s.

Also yesterday a Water Rail showed at Brixworth Water Treatment Works and other birds included a Chiffchaff and two Grey Wagtails.

Today and Paul Gosling spent some time at Wellingborough Pits east of the Embankment and noted his first spring Chiffchaff plus eight Little Egrets and three Oystercatchers. The stunning weather today was another ideal opportunity to watch Common Buzzards and Paul saw six move over in a northerly direction. More birds on the move included a good number of Pied Wagtails and two Cetti's Warblers were vocal.

In a similar vein, Nick Wood watched seven Common Buzzards over Chase Park Farm near Yardley Chase and watched as four Ravens decided to chase them around!

The Pitsford Reservoir WeBS count took place today and the amazing sunny weather provided an opportunity to cover much of the site in just five hours. Lingering birds included the Slavonian Grebe in Yacht Bay, the Red-necked Grebe just north of the causeway, the White-fronted Goose just south of the causeway, a female Goosander, six Little Egrets, two Oystercatchers, two Redshanks, three Green Sandpipers, a Jack Snipe, fifty-five Common Snipe, a Kingfisher, at least seventeen Chiffchaffs, a Grey Wagtail, a Sand Martin and three Siskins.


Neil M

Jack Snipe at
 Pitsford Reservoir.

Cormorant at
Pitsford Reservoir.

Water Rail at Titchwell.
Courtesy of John Gamble.

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