Thursday, 31 January 2019

Cold weather birds


Following a very cold and still night, this morning was very icy, so much so that most of the water north of the causeway at Pitsford Reservoir was frozen. This clearly displaced the wintering waterfowl and six Great White Egrets were standing together on the ice. The drake Ring-necked Duck was reported later from the Pintail Bay again.

The Great Grey Shrike was again in the Brampton Valley between Hanging Houghton and Cottesbrooke, using a variety of hedges as look out for prey. Two or three Corn Buntings and lots of small birds included Tree Sparrows and Bramblings were busy in the wild bird crop and a covey of ten Grey Partridge also presented themselves.

A couple of Bramblings joined the other birds in our garden which included Reed Buntings and Yellowhammers.

A response to hard weather was presumably the reason why two Tundra Bean Geese, a Pink-footed Goose and a White-fronted Goose were discovered at Thrapston Pits today, fraternising with the Greylags near to Lake Elinor.

A pair of Red-crested Pochard were at Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows on Dragonfly Lake and two Short-eared Owls were present at Neville's Lodge, Finedon late this afternoon into dusk. A Common Buzzard was seen feeding on a Golden Plover at Sywell Airfield - and there were also about ten live Golden Plovers there too...


Neil M

Drake American Wigeon.

Jack Snipe.
All above images taken
 recently at Rutland Water
 courtesy of John Gamble.

A rather different image
 of a male Sparrowhawk
courtesy of Robin Gossage.

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