Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Migrants on the move


Very pleasant weather today but only a limited amount of birding time sadly but nevertheless we managed to see a few bits and pieces as the day went on.

Bob Bullock saw a Great White Egret at Summer Leys first thing today and Steve Fisher saw a juvenile Cattle Egret at Stanwick Pits. Nick Parker found a Turnstone and a Dunlin at Titchmarsh Reserve at Thrapston and Neil Underwood located a couple of Wheatears at Harrington Airfield around Bunker One.

Eleanor saw a/the Marsh Harrier in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton this morning (plus a Cuckoo) and saw presumably the same harrier this afternoon near to the Shrike Hedge which also supported two Whinchats and a Common Redstart.

A reclusive but vocal first year male Common Redstart was at Pitsford Reservoir this afternoon, initially in roadside bushes near to the causeway, but then moving down to the bushes along the reservoir perimeter fence between the causeway and Maytrees Hide. Two Stoats running around after each other and making a great deal of noise may be the reason why there has been a downturn in the number of rats frequenting the Old Scaldwell Road Feeding Station of late!

Later this evening Jonathan saw an Osprey at Hollowell Reservoir before it was pushed off by gulls, and the gull roost at Pitsford Reservoir this evening held an adult Little Gull and nine Yellow-legged Gulls - a couple of Spotted Flycatchers were in bushes adjacent to the Sailing Club.


Neil M

Golden Plovers.

Wood Sandpiper. Much of the
wader passage has peaked early
this autumn with plenty of south
bound adults moving through the
UK since mid July. There have been
spectacular counts of Wood Sandpipers
down the eastern side of Britain.

Images courtesy of John Gamble.

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