Monday, 7 August 2017

Harvest time


Ringing at Harrington Airfield on a consecutive day after yesterday was a little more modest with 54 birds made up of 9 Yellowhammers, 8 Dunnocks, 2 Song Thrushes, 3 Robins, 10 Whitethroats, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Reed Buntings, 4 Goldfinches, a Linnet, 4 Willow Warblers, 3 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blue Tits, a Great Tit, a Blackbird and a Garden Warbler.

Harvesting operations was creating a great deal of interest amongst the local Red Kites and Common Buzzards which were up in the air for much of the day watching the combining and other work in the cereal fields. A high-up Golden Plover flew over.

Eleanor watched a juvenile Marsh Harrier in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton this morning and located 2-3 Redstarts in one of the traditional stop-over hedges there.

Neil H visited Pitsford Reservoir today and saw a Great White Egret, a Redshank, 2 Common Sandpipers and 2 Green Sandpipers. This evening the GWE was still present in the Scaldwell Bay and there was also 7 Little Egrets, an adult Yellow-legged Gull and a Garganey on show from the Old Scaldwell Road feeding station.


Neil M

Gatekeeper butterfly.

Stoat and Rabbit prey at
Harrington Airfield today.

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