Thursday, 29 March 2018

Pre-Easter birds

Hello

Yesterday (28th March) John Hunt found a nice selection of birds on flooded meadows at Oundle between Lower Barnwell Lock and the A605 bypass, made up of two Shelduck, four Redshank, a Dunlin, a Black-tailed Godwit, five Golden Plovers and also Lapwing and Snipe. With most gravel pits, lakes and reservoirs sporting very high water levels currently and with more rain forecast it seems that river valley floods in meadows will provide the best opportunity for wader passage in the county this spring!

Today (29th March) and Dave Francis completed a mini ringing session in his garden on the outskirts of Northampton, catching and ringing 7 Siskins, 6 Goldfinches, a Greenfinch, 2 Long-tailed Tits, a Great Tit and 2 Starlings. Ringing is planned this coming Sunday at Stortons Pits and Linford Lakes.

Eleanor's foray into the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton this morning yielded a Barn Owl and about ten Golden Plovers and later birds at Harrington Airfield included 2-4 Wheatears and 4 Grey Partridges.

Regards

Neil M



Golden Plover.
Image courtesy of
Dave Jackson.

Wheatear
Image courtesy of Jacob.

Lapwing.
Image courtesy of John Tilly.

Cock Pheasant.
Image courtesy of John Tilly.

Carrion Crow.
Image courtesy of John Tilly.

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