Monday, 2 September 2019

Egret party!

Hello

Pitsford Reservoir this evening continued to host the juvenile Little Gull which together with a juvenile Arctic Tern were loosely associated with about ten Common Terns half way between the dam and the causeway. Adult Yellow-legged Gulls spend the day at the reservoir and in the afternoon and evening they are joined by a variety of different aged individuals just prior to roost, the total varying between eight to twelve birds. A Greenshank and two Grey Wagtails were by the Sailing Club this morning.

Interesting passage passerines were still about today with two Whinchats and a Wheatear at 'shrike hedge' in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton, two Common Redstarts and a Spotted Flycatcher along the Brampton Valley Way at Draughton Crossing next to the pony field, and four Common Redstarts this afternoon in hedgerows alongside the footpath between Walgrave village and Pitsford Reservoir (access from Bridle Road, Old village and walking to the fourth field). One or two Whinchat(s) were also at Neville's Lodge, Finedon.

Steve Fisher found a juvenile Little Tern at Stanwick Pits this morning and Summer Leys hung on to a Great White Egret, a Green Sandpiper and a Common Sandpiper.

Yesterday a busy ringing session took place at Linford Lakes by Northants Ringing Group, netting 106 birds which were nearly all newly-ringed. Warblers made up the bulk with 30 Chiffchaffs, 23 Reed Warblers, 13 Blackcaps, 9 Willow Warblers and 10 Sedge Warblers. Two Green Sandpipers were also present and non avian highlights included lots of Great Crested and Common Newts.

Today and another ringing session by NRG members at Stortons Pits provided 72 captures, again nearly all newly-ringed birds. Blackcaps dominated with an excellent catch of 37 birds plus 7 Reed Warblers, 7 Whitethroats and singles of Garden Warbler and Sedge Warbler.

Regards

Neil M


Little and Great White Egret.

Great White Egret.


Fishing Great White Egret.



Great White Egrets.

Great White Egret and
Grey Heron.

All images courtesy of Dave Jackson.



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