Friday, 23 June 2017

Pitsford CBC


Although breezy and rather grey for much of it, I completed a Common Bird Census on the reserve at Pitsford Reservoir this morning. Bird song is dwindling now but Wrens and Blackcaps are still loud and persistent!

Nothing particularly exciting was found but a female Gadwall with six very small ducklings in the Holcot Bay was good news and there was a singing Spotted Flycatcher there too. A Nuthatch was in the Walgrave Bay, a Grey Wagtail was foraging on the causeway and a couple of Little Ringed Plovers were present, one displaying. A just-hatched brood of Moorhens was sadly quickly predated by Carrion Crows. Marsh Tits seemed to be well-spread around the reserve and there were quite a number of juvenile Goldcrests too.

Non-bird sightings included three Red Fox cubs, plenty of Muntjac, a Beautiful Demoiselle and a Black-tailed Skimmer. Butterflies were in low numbers the best being a freshly-emerged male Small Skipper.

Eleanor whizzed around Sywell Country Park this morning but the only thing she could find was a family party of Grey Wagtails around the dam area.


Neil M

Common Terns.

A recently-fledged juvenile
Green Woodpecker.

Muntjac! The second view is the
more frequent one, tail up and
running away!

Common Buzzard.

Common Blue Damselfly.

Male Yellowhammer.

Black-tailed Skimmer dragonfly.

Small Skipper butterfly.

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