Friday, 31 March 2017

Thrapston Pits

Both Eric Graham and Nick Parker were birding at Thrapston today, albeit at different times and areas.
Graham & Debbie spent a day picnicking and birding around the reserve area and were rewarded with an assortment of birds: 2 Egyptian geese, 4 Cetti's warblers and 7 Blackcaps, a Willow Warbler was singing too.
2 Oystercatchers were on Elinor and the feeders held 5 Redpoll, 2 male.
3 RCP were around the Palmer hide as well as a pair of displaying Redshank near the backless hide. A pair of Kingfisher flew by calling.
Butterflies were enjoying the weather with peacock, tortoiseshell and brimstone all on the wing over a background of cowslips.

Nick had an evening outing mostly around Town Lake and had his first Common Tern fly through as well as a Little Gull. 2 Shelduck headed south and c15 Sand Martin appeared and disappeared rapidly.
A significant number of Goldeneye are still present with 23 on Town Lake and 33 on the reserve pit. C25 Wigeon flew over in the twilight. 

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