Saturday, 15 July 2017

Saturday birding


Eleanor's morning walk around the Blueberry Farm area was sufficient to find a Redstart in the hedge line at the bottom of The Hill and two Crossbills in nearby Gamboro' Plantation. Yesterday still-singing Grasshopper Warblers were still present in a ditch below Hanging Houghton and in a weedy field between Blueberry and Lamport. The usual pair of Ravens were present at Staverton today, seemingly now their young have moved on. Single Grey Wagtails were noticed at Brixworth and Hanging Houghton.

Birds recorded on the Titchmarsh reserve at Thrapston this morning by Debbie and Eric Graham included many common warblers now forming flocks, a pair of Oystercatcher, plenty of juvenile Common Terns suggesting good breeding success this year, and up to ten Little Egrets too.

A walk at Harrington Airfield this morning didn't provide any surprises and no new migrants were detected. A ringing session is planned for this coming Monday when the rough, scrubby areas around the bunkers and the old airstrip will be out of bounds. Should anyone want to come along to observe this process please email me by Sunday evening and I will provide more detail. The concrete track and footpaths will remain accessible on the day.

Birds recorded at Pitsford Reservoir today included a drake Garganey, an adult Caspian Gull, two Yellow-legged Gulls, a Redshank and two Common Sandpipers.


Neil M


Adult White-tailed Eagle.

Steve Bennison shares with us his stunning
 images from a trip to Mull earlier this year...

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