Monday, 17 April 2017

Easter sightings


Yesterday morning at around 7am Dave Burnapp was lucky enough to see an Otter in the River Nene in Northampton at the marina next to Beckett's Park, so it seems that our urban Otters are still there!

Also yesterday a small band of ringers were active at Linford Lakes on the outskirts of Milton Keynes where they caught and processed 45 birds made up of 18 new birds and 27 re-traps of 14 species. Highlights included a Jay, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Greenfinches, 5 Blackcaps, 2 Willow Warblers and a Chiffchaff first ringed there in July 2016.

A couple of Cuckoos were present and two Great Crested Newts were also seen.

Eleanor saw a Whitethroat and four Grey Partridges at Harrington Airfield yesterday.

Today and a singing Lesser Whitethroat was near Arthingworth and Brixworth Sewer Works attracted a couple of Yellow Wagtails and a small swarm of Swallows.

An influx of passerines at Pitsford Reservoir in the vicinity of the dam this afternoon and evening included at least ten Bramblings feeding in the trees at the Sailing Club, a Wheatear, a Rock Pipit and a flock of forty plus Yellow Wagtails, courtesy of Jacob Spinks.

Other birds noted at Pitsford by Jacob today included a White Wagtail, a Grey Wagtail, a Kingfisher, 2 Common Terns, a Little Ringed Plover, a Green Sandpiper and a Common Sandpiper.

Four more Bramblings and a Wheatear were in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton this evening.


Neil M

Grey Heron River Nene,
Northampton courtesy
of John Boland.

Wheatear at Pitsford
Reservoir today, courtesy
of Jacob Spinks.

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