Sunday, 30 April 2017

Waders and terns...

Hello

What a fantastic day to be birding in the county today! The conditions conspired to provide some excellent visible migration with particular concentrations of waders and terns on the move in the Nene Valley and at our county reservoirs.

By way of example, Pitsford Reservoir attracted a Little Tern, 23+ Black Terns, at least 2 Arctic Terns, 8-9 Whimbrel, an injured Knot (which was colour-ringed), 2 Grey Plovers, about 6 Ringed Plovers, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 Dunlin, a Little Gull, an Osprey, a pair of Red-crested Pochard and a White Wagtail.

Summer Leys pulled in 2-3 Whimbrel, a Bar-tailed Godwit, a Wood Sandpiper, 2 Greenshanks, 6 Redshanks, 3 Common Sandpipers, 2 Turnstones, a Black Tern, a Little Tern, 4 Shelduck, a Peregrine and a Wheatear.

Six Black Terns were at Thrapston Gravel Pits with the Titchmarsh Reserve attracting singing Nightingales, a singing Grasshopper Warbler and a drake Red-crested Pochard.

Harrington Airfield managed just four Grey Partridges!

Regards

Neil M




Hobby at Summer
Leys yesterday courtesy
of Dave Jackson.

Peregrine with prey
at Summer Leys yesterday
courtesy of Dave Jackson.

Little Gull courtesy
of Dave Jackson.

Little Tern at Pitsford
Reservoir today courtesy
of Jacob Spinks.

Grey Plover at Pitsford
Reservoir today courtesy
of Jacob Spinks.

Knot at Pitsford Reservoir
today courtesy of Jacob Spinks.

A very oddly marked Peregrine
at Summer Leys today, sporting
a pale brown upperside and very
pale underside...

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