Monday, 23 September 2019

Chiffchaffs, dragonflies and Storm Petrels.


A morning walk first thing confirmed the presence of good numbers of freshly-arrived Chiffchaffs in the hedges, their distinctive shrill calls seem to have been everywhere I have today...

A couple of Ravens returned to Hanging Houghton and a quick check on a couple of sections of the reserve at Pitsford Reservoir in sunny weather this morning confirmed the presence of plenty of late season dragonflies seeking prey of their own; Migrant Hawkers seemed particularly numerous. A Hobby by the Fishing Lodge was chasing and catching the said dragonflies. Scanning the Scaldwell Bay shallows provided views of four Pintail but nothing else of note.

The gull roost at Pitsford Reservoir off the Sailing Club this evening attracted a second winter Mediterranean Gull and at least five Yellow-legged Gulls.

Elsewhere and Nick Parker located a Great White Egret on Town Lake at Thrapston Pits and Bob Bullock's visit to Ravensthorpe Reservoir scooped two Green Sandpipers with a Dunlin, two Common Sandpipers, three Ringed Plovers, an adult Yellow-legged Gull, two Egyptian Geese and a Stonechat at nearby Hollowell Reservoir.


Neil M

Infra Red image of a Storm
Petrel and it's five week old
fluffy chick courtesy of Chris
Payne. More details can be
found in the British Birds
 e-newsletter (issue 53).

Redshanks courtesy of
John Tilly.

Common Darter munching
another insect.

Migrant Hawkers at Pitsford
Reservoir today...

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