Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Birds of 2nd January


Pitsford Reservoir continues to be the focal point for birdwatchers out and about in central Northamptonshire. Today both the Great Northern Divers were on show, at one stage together just north of Pintail Bay and not far off-shore. The Ring-necked Duck appeared just inside the mouth of the Walgrave Bay, a favourite spot and viewable distantly from Maytrees Hide next to the Old Scaldwell Road Feeding Station. Five Great White Egrets were confirmed and visible at the same time north of the causeway.

The reservoir continues to attract Red-crested Pochards and today there were fourteen north of the causeway including a new leucistic bird. Other birds included the long-staying pair of Stonechats which commute between the causeway and the Bird Club Hide, a Green Sandpiper, an adult Yellow-legged Gull, a Grey Wagtail and a Willow Tit. A pair of Marsh Tits visit the Old Scaldwell Road Feeding Station daily and there are good numbers of Chaffinches, Tree Sparrows, Yellowhammers and Moorhens taking advantage of the seed on offer there.

Neil Hasdell encountered three Goosanders and several Ring-necked Parakeets in Abington Park, Northampton this morning. A Barn Owl and four Bramblings were in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton again and Eric's visit to Blatherwycke Lake provided a count of fifteen Mandarin Ducks; at nearby Deene Lake there were still three pairs of Shelduck, over a hundred Teal and two Snipe.


Neil M

Drake Mandarin Duck.

Drake Teal courtesy
of John Tilly.

Drake Goosander courtesy
of Robin Gossage.

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