Sunday, 1 September 2019

Birds of the harvest


Two Ravens remained in the vicinity of Hanging Houghton for much of the day today and Harrington Airfield hosted another four Ravens, a Peregrine, a Common Redstart and a Wheatear.

The Pied Flycatcher found yesterday at Barnwell Country Park (courtesy of John Hunt) was on view on and off all day today (plus a couple of Kingfishers) and at Thrapston Pits an Osprey was fishing at Elinor Lake and two Green Sandpipers were present.

Adrian looked for the Night Heron at Ditchford Pits today but didn't find it but at Summer Leys reserve the two Great White Egrets were still present as were two Greenshanks and two Common Sandpipers. Quality birding at Stanwick Pits today procured six Cattle Egrets, a juvenile Caspian Gull and an adult Yellow-legged Gull. Ian watched three Common Redstarts at the Granary at Fawsley Park today and the Brampton Valley between Hanging Houghton and Cottesbrooke hosted three Whinchats and a Wheatear in amongst the tractors and combines harvesting the wheat.

A pair of Raven and a Grey Partridge were noted at Neville's Lodge, Finedon and Pitsford Reservoir this evening yielded a Black-necked Grebe in the mouth of the Pintail Bay plus a juvenile Little Gull and nine Yellow-legged Gulls off the dam.


Neil M

Harvesting operations
Brampton Valley.

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