Monday, 24 July 2017

Redstarts and other migrants...


Yesterday morning (Sunday) and a walk around Harrington Airfield provided views of a single Grey Partridge and a Turtle Dove.

A re-visit to the fields between Walgrave and Pitsford Reservoir late this morning (Monday) successfully located the two Redstarts from yesterday, one a cracking adult male. From the village of Old take the footpath from Bridle Road and traverse two fields, walk down a track for a short distance and then turn left and check the hedgeline to your right. The fields both sides of the hedgerow currently hold a crop of oats. Both birds were initially in the same hedge but further down in a sheep field and by a red trailer. They then moved further up the hedgeline between the two crops of oats. I would anticipate there will be passage birds on and off here for the next six weeks if previous years are anything to go by.

Three more Redstarts were located this afternoon, another adult male and two spotty juveniles, this time around the hedges next to the buildings at Blueberry Farm (near Maidwell). It's tempting to think that this is a family party migrating together...

Birds north of the causeway at Pitsford Reservoir today included two Garganey, two Yellow-legged Gulls, a Dunlin, two Green Sandpipers, 12 Common Sandpipers, a juvenile Mediterranean Gull and with a Willow Tit at the Old Scaldwell Road Feeding Station.


Neil M

More images of Common
Redstarts taken at Walgrave
and Harrington Airfield in 2015.

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