Thursday, 1 August 2019

Late summer/early autumn migrants


Yesterday's birds (31st July) in the county included a Common Redstart still at Harrington Airfield, two Cattle Egrets still frequenting Stanwick Pits, and a Greenshank at Ravensthorpe Reservoir. The Earls Barton Pits complex attracted three Egyptian Geese, a Dunlin, four Common Sandpipers, three Green Sandpipers, four Little Ringed Plovers, two Redshanks and a juvenile Arctic Tern. Hollowell Reservoir pulled in a Whimbrel, two Dunlin and eight Common Sandpipers and the Marsh Harrier again appeared in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton late in the evening. Five Yellow-legged Gulls were at Pitsford Reservoir.

Today (1st August) we have seen very little but other observers notched up a Spotted Redshank, three Cattle Egrets, a Dunlin, two Green Sandpipers and eight Common Sandpipers and eight Yellow-legged Gulls all at Stanwick (Steve Fisher), up to three Common Redstarts at Twywell Hills and Dales Country Park in a hedgerow that runs off the footpath towards Twywell village (Nick and Adrian) and three Garganey at Thrapston Pits on the Titchmarsh Reserve (Nick again).

At Hollowell Reservoir this evening Jonathan saw a Greenshank, up to twenty Common Sandpipers and a Dunlin and at Pitsford Reservoir this evening an Osprey was fishing between The Pines and Catwalk Bay and two Yellow-legged Gulls were loafing on buoys.

Just a reminder that general access to Harrington Airfield during the next two days is restricted due to ringing operations. The official footpaths and concrete track remains unaffected.


Neil M


Yellow-legged Gull.

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