Monday, 5 August 2019

Ditchford WeBS count


A wander around at Harrington Airfield this morning confirmed plenty of Willow Warblers on site plus a Hobby, but nothing else of note was seen. Another ringing session is planned here on Thursday when certain areas will have restricted access. Please let me know if you would like to come along to observe.

I then spent the remainder of the day over at Ditchford Pits completing the August WeBS count. I found it very quiet for birds with very few wildfowl on show and most of the small birds keeping a low profile. A few bits and pieces included twelve Egyptian Geese (including a pair with eight half size goslings), a Mandarin Duck, a Common Sandpiper, just one Kingfisher and three Grey Wagtails. Not surprisingly the Cetti's Warblers were mostly silent, a single Water Rail was heard calling and the tit flocks contained migrant Willow Warblers on their way south from Scotland.

A Pond Turtle, which is a very long-lived individual, was sunning itself in it's favourite spot and there were good numbers of odonata on the wing with particularly high numbers of Blue Emperors and Brown Hawkers. The highlight though was a fine Lesser Emperor holding territory on the west shore of the old Skew Bridge Ski Pit, access from the Rushden Lakes Shopping Centre. It was by the congregation of red buoys and not far from the successful Common Tern rafts.

Stanwick today yielded a Cattle Egret, a Dunlin, a Little Ringed Plover, a Redshank, two Green Sandpipers, two Common Sandpipers and two Yellow-legged Gulls. An adult Yellow-legged Gull was also seen in the Scaldwell Bay at Pitsford Reservoir and a male Common Redstart was at Twywell Hills and Dales Park, in a hedgerow that leads off towards Twywell village.


Neil M

Black-tailed Skimmer
Pitsford Reservoir.

Pond Turtle sp.

Common Tern.

Common Tern and
Mallard in eclipse plumage.

A distant record shot
was all I could manage
of the Lesser Emperor today...

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