Thursday, 18 May 2017

The Spotted Flycatchers are here!


A morning walk in the sunshine at Harrington Airfield this morning resulted in some good views of at least two Turtle Doves and at least one pair of Grey Partridge. A Nuthatch in scrub near to the first bunker was a surprise - maybe a wandering failed breeder or a gleaning bird travelling further afield in search of food?

Single Spotted Flycatchers were in Lamport and Maidwell villages.

At Pitsford Reservoir today a CES ringing session provided 33 captures, not huge numbers but excellent diversity with 15 species - 5 Garden Warblers, 4 Treecreepers, 4 Blackbirds, 3 Wrens, 3 Great Tits, 2 Bullfinches, 2 Reed Warblers, 2 Blue Tits, 2 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, a Long-tailed Tit, a Goldcrest, a Chaffinch, a Dunnock and a Kingfisher.

An Osprey was fishing in the Scaldwell Bay at 12 noon and other birds included 3 Spotted Flycatchers in trees by the Sailing Club and two Common Sandpipers and a Ringed Plover near to the Moulton Grange Bay.

A drake Red-crested Pochard was at Naseby Reservoir, just off the dam this afternoon.


Neil M

Turtle Dove
at Harrington Airfield.

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