Sunday, 11 August 2019

A little exotica!


This morning I was trundling around the wild bird feeding stations but not seeing very much for my troubles - three Grey Wagtails at Brixworth Treatment Works were probably the best. Scanning the main basin and dam at Pitsford Reservoir suggested little in the way of new arrivals, with or without the assistance of the south westerly winds. Eleanor went for one of her long runs, for a couple of hours running around the Northamptonshire countryside with a couple of dogs by her side, but didn't notice anything out of the ordinary.

Some shelter behind the trees near the Fishing Lodge at Pitsford Reservoir provided an opportunity to study a small collection of Migrant Hawker dragonflies.

In the meantime Mark Williams located an interesting and rather cold coloured 'accro' warbler in hedging at the western edge of the Clifford Hill Pits/Barrage complex. He managed a couple of obscured shots of the bird which resembles a Marsh Warbler. After that it became an 'aggro' warbler and remained elusive, not helped with some heavy showers scattering would-be observers there this afternoon! Just maybe this bird might give itself up and show better tomorrow in forecast pleasant weather conditions.

A drake Common Scoter was present on the largest pit there and other birds included Hobby, three Dunlin and a Common Sandpiper.

Stanwick today hosted two Cattle Egrets, a Greenshank, a Ruff, a Little Ringed Plover, two Common Sandpipers, two Green Sandpipers and five Yellow-legged Gulls.

Birds today at Pitsford Reservoir included a Great White Egret in the Scaldwell Bay, a juvenile Osprey, an adult Yellow-legged Gull, a Turnstone, a Greenshank, up to four Common Sandpipers, a Green Sandpiper and a Dunlin. A female Pochard was sporting a blue shield on it's bill but was a little too distant to read the numbers/letters.

A/the Sacred Ibis is still around today in the Braunston area and birds at Blueberry Farm this evening included two Common Redstarts and two Whinchats.


Neil M

Kingfisher courtesy
of Robin Gossage.

Slavonian Grebe
courtesy of Robin Gossage.

Migrant Hawker.

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