Monday, 5 June 2017

Northants Bird Club meeting this coming Wednesday...


Yesterday (Sunday), Eric Graham and family visited the Titchmarsh Reserve at Thrapston and saw five Hobbies hawking around plus a solitary Oystercatcher, the usual warblers and noted three Cuckoos still.

Also yesterday the Grasshopper Warbler remained in its weedy field between Lamport and Blueberry Farm and another 'reeler' was singing from a ditch between the Brampton Valley Way and the Gamboro' Plantation west of Hanging Houghton.

A brief visit to Harrington Airfield at lunch-time yesterday was good for a couple of pairs of Grey Partridges but little else.

A walk along the River Nene below Earls Barton between White Mills and Whiston Locks was breezy but pleasant early this afternoon (Monday) with at least four broods of Mallard ducklings and a couple of Grey Wagtails on show.

The next indoor meeting of the Northants Bird Club is this Wednesday evening (7th) commencing at 7.30pm at the Fishing Lodge at Pitsford Reservoir. Conor Jameson will be presenting on his favourite subject, the Goshawk! Still a very rare bird locally, and still struggling in many area in the UK, it is not an easy bird to locate and appreciate and is fittingly known as the 'phantom of the forest'. Conor will explain his quest to find the Goshawk and provide the context and natural history of this hard-hitting bird of prey. As usual hot drinks and biscuits await!


Neil M

Mallard and ducklings.

Grey Wagtail.

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