Monday, 19 March 2018

Ditchford WeBS count


Yesterday (18th) and there were at least two Barn Owls active around Hanging Houghton, three Golden Plovers in flight between there and Brixworth and a pair of Grey Partridge at Harrington Airfield. The return of the cold weather and snow was enough to cause forty Fieldfares to drop in to our garden but only a small number remained to consume the apples put out for them. A Redwing was feeding in the garden first thing and all the usual suspects were in attendance.

The main feed station at Pitsford Reservoir was busy yesterday, which included thirty or so Yellowhammers waiting patiently for me to broadcast seed on the ground for them!

Today (19th) and we travelled over to Ditchford Gravel Pits to complete the March WeBS count. It was generally quiet and with strong sunshine but a fierce, cold wind we saw a Great White Egret west of Ditchford Lane and three Scaup on the Watersport Pit also just west of Ditchford Lane. Other birds on the complex included three Little Egrets, a pair of Oystercatcher, three Jack Snipe, twenty-nine Snipe, a couple of Grey Wagtails and four or five Chiffchaffs. A Brimstone butterfly found a warm, sunny and sheltered place in which to bask.

Jacob and Bethan saw an adult Caspian Gull and a first winter Yellow-legged Gull in the Pitsford Reservoir gull roost this afternoon.


Neil M

Drake Tufted Duck.


Canada Goose.
All images from
Ditchford today...

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