Monday, 30 September 2019

Rain, a little sunshine and plenty of birds!


Yesterday (Sunday) and a check of the dam area at Pitsford Reservoir in the morning provided closer views of the second winter Mediterranean Gull that has been around for a few days now. At least two Yellow-legged Gulls were present there and Adrian later added a female Ruddy Shelduck and a drake Mandarin. North of the causeway and Adrian saw a Great White Egret, another Yellow-legged Gull, eight Pintail, a Green Sandpiper and a Common Sandpiper.

Clifford Hill Pits was the venue still for two Slavonian Grebes, a drake Red-crested Pochard, two Whinchats and two Stonechats. The Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton came back to life after a quiet period and produced sightings of a Marsh Harrier, two Golden Plovers, two Whinchats and a pair of Stonechat.

This morning (Monday) there was a fabulous reprieve from the wet weather and the still conditions and broken sunshine provided an opportunity for a ringing session on land at Woodford Halse. In total 126 birds were caught and processed of 14 species of which only three were bearing rings from previous efforts. The number was made up of 2 Wrens, 3 Chiffchaffs, 5 Goldcrests, 6 Long-tailed Tits, 51 Blue Tits, 36 Great Tits, a Marsh Tit, 2 Coal Tits, 4 Meadow Pipits, 2 Blackcaps, a Robin, 8 Dunnocks, 2 Nuthatches and 3 Chaffinches.

A pair of Raven were about as were several Grey Wagtails and a Clouded Yellow butterfly.

Also this morning Nick Parker saw an Osprey overflying Thrapston Pits and the birds at Clifford Hill today again included the two Slavonian Grebes, a Red-crested Pochard, a Common Sandpiper, a Hobby and two Whinchats.

A visit to Borough Hill Country Park early this afternoon coincided with a flock of fifteen Crossbills flying over heading NW plus an overflying Siskin and a handful of Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps. Not too far away the Little Stint and a Green Sandpiper were at Boddington Reservoir and Pitsford Reservoir hosted a Great White Egret and a Rock Pipit not far from the dam this afternoon, both birds arriving ahead of a serious band of rain!

Harrington Airfield provided a Short-eared Owl this afternoon being pursued by corvids, a Common Redstart near Bunker One and a pair of Stonechat at Bunker Three. Two Whinchats were at Shrike Hedge in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton.


Neil M

Leucistic Great Tit.

Meadow Pipit.

Images courtesy
of Chris Payne.

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