Friday, 9 August 2019



Not a great deal to report today...a couple of short excursions to Pitsford Reservoir this afternoon and some walks in the Hanging Houghton area in increasingly blustery conditions was pleasant but many of the small birds were inconspicuous. At least there were plenty of the usual raptors and gulls up in the air enjoying the windy conditions.

Birds visible from Maytrees Hide early this afternoon looking into the Scaldwell Bay included an adult Yellow-legged Gull, two eclipse drake Red-crested Pochard, a Greenshank, a Black-tailed Godwit, a Dunlin and three Snipe.

At the other end of the reservoir this evening there was a juvenile Mediterranean Gull with Black-headed Gulls near to Moulton Grange Bay.

The Wood Sandpiper re-appeared at Stanwick Pits today and this time remained on view for most visitors to catch up with it. Other birds included a Green Sandpiper and a Common Sandpiper.

Down the road at Summer Leys another Wood Sandpiper was reported and the Great White Egret was there again.


Neil M

Juvenile Mediterranean Gull.

Adult Lesser Black-backed Gull.

Juvenile Great Black-backed Gull.

All images taken at Pitsford this evening. Will
the strong winds bring something a little more
out of the ordinary during the next couple of days?

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