Monday, 1 May 2017

More waders!


An early morning visit to Pitsford Reservoir provided a fresh batch of migrant waders with the spit near the Moulton Grange Bay providing most of the records. A summer plumage Knot was a different bird to yesterday and there were also 2 Grey Plovers, 4 Ringed Plovers, 5 Little Ringed Plovers, at least 7 Common Sandpipers, 3 Dunlin, a Sanderling, 2-3 Oystercatchers and 2 Greenshank.  Pitsford spring records of wader passage have been poor in recent years and this passage is somewhat unprecedented and helped by low water levels.

Other birds on-site today included a female Blue-headed or Channel Wagtail, two Hobby, a Black Tern, two Shelduck and a drake Red-crested Pochard.

Eleanor had five Whimbrel flying north over Blueberry Farm this morning and there were two singing Grasshopper Warblers there too. A Barn Owl was again hunting in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton this evening.


Neil M

Little Ringed Plover
courtesy of Robin Gossage.

Waders at Pitsford Reservoir
today - Dunlin, Knot
 and Ringed Plover.

Cuckoo at Summer Leys
today courtesy of Robin

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