Thursday, 22 June 2017

Evening visit to Pitsford...


Eleanor visited Brixworth Country Park again today and the Marbled White butterfly hatch has gone up to about seventy individuals.

This evening I completed a little birding on the reserve at Pitsford Reservoir and noted two second year Yellow-legged Gulls, a couple of Little Egrets, a drake Red-crested Pochard with it's hybrid female partner, in excess of sixty Lapwings, a pair of Oystercatcher now minus any young and three Little Ringed Plovers. An adult Grey Heron caught and successfully consumed a well-grown Mallard duckling which wasn't particularly pleasant to watch. Even with the very low water levels there is a slow build-up of non-breeding ducks with good numbers of Gadwall, Pochard and Tufted Ducks and a handful of Teal all arriving during the last few days.

Further work to try and prevent bank erosion is planned for August when it is thought the water levels will be at their lowest, so it seems we might be in for some autumn wader passage (and after such a good spring too)!


Neil M

Chris Payne's nestling
Robins are now ten days old!

Image courtesy of Chris Payne.

Juvenile Bullfinch at the
Summer Leys Feeding Station,
surely one of the best places in
the county to enjoy good views
of Bullfinch and see plenty of them.

Images courtesy of John Tilly.


Grey Plovers.

Ringed Plovers and Turnstones.

Can we expect flocks of waders at Pitsford
Reservoir this autumn?

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