Sunday, 13 January 2019

Breezy Sunday

Hello

A mild and breezy day with some occasional wet stuff thrown in!

At least eight Bramblings were on the seed by the large barn in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton this morning and two males turned up in our garden for a short time late morning (but with a marauding female Sparrowhawk on the loose didn't stay too long)!

Brixworth Water Treatment Works hosted a couple of Snipe and one or two Grey Wagtail(s) and one of the Great Northern Divers showed briefly north of the dam at Pitsford Reservoir (lots of watercraft on the water meant it/they was super elusive today) with an adult Yellow-legged Gull loitering in the Pintail Bay and a Raven over.

North of the causeway the drake Ring-necked Duck showed again in the Scaldwell Bay and with a drake seen again at Summer Leys Reserve today at last we have confirmation of two birds being present in the county at the same time! Other birds on the reserve at Pitsford included twelve Red-crested Pochard, a drake Pintail, three Great White Egrets and a pair of Stonechat.

Harrington Airfield remains very quiet for birds but at Thrapston Pits the juvenile Whooper Swan was still in situ today as were two or three Great White Egrets.

The area around Neville's Lodge near Finedon was again the venue for the wintering third calendar year male Hen Harrier and two Short-eared Owls this afternoon.

Regards

Neil M


Grey Trembler.

Lesser Antillean Bullfinch.

Grey Kingbird.

I returned from a tour of St Lucia
on Saturday and these birds were
common there...!

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