Tuesday, 27 March 2018

March birding


Eric Graham visited Blatherwycke Lake this morning and espied two pairs of Mandarin Duck, a pair of Black Swans and a pair of Shelduck. Nearby Deene Lake also attracted a pair of Black Swans plus three pairs of Shelduck.

Pitsford Reservoir was generally quiet today but the Slavonian Grebe was still in the Pintail Bay, there was a pair of Shelduck and an Osprey flew from the dam area north towards the causeway at about 4.15pm.

Two Hawfinches were in Cottesbrooke village this afternoon, still in Station Road but further along the road near to the brook. A Raven was at Haselbech and a Barn Owl was in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton.

A check of the ring numbers relating to re-trap birds at Pitsford Reservoir yesterday included a female Yellowhammer with ring number Y576700. This bird was first ringed at the same site as an adult on 18th June 2013 and hasn't been caught or processed since.  She will be at least six years old this year.


Neil M

Field Elms near Oundle,
very few of these still exist
in the county...

Male Brambling on a
feeder, courtesy of David

Male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
in Lings Wood courtesy of Robin
Gossage. One or two birds have
apparently been showing well at
this site during the month with many
photographers managing to record some
good shots.

Barn Owl Blueberry Farm
courtesy of Tom Gautier.

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