Friday, 25 October 2019

Calm morning, wild afternoon...


With the weather forecast indicating a fine start to the day but rain and wind later, I elected to visit Harrington Airfield first thing and took a wander around the bunkers. The usual suspects were about and there was some visible migration with relatively low numbers of Woodpigeons, Starlings, Redwings, Skylarks, winter thrushes, Meadow Pipits and 'Alba' wagtails on the move. Finches were also moving and a Brambling and a couple of Siskins went over. However the only bird of note was a first year male Peregrine that swept over the fields and headed east.

Eleanor's two visits to the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton pretty much drew a blank today although there are good numbers of common birds in the vicinity of 'shrike hedge'.

Re-stocking the Old Scaldwell Road feeding station at Pitsford Reservoir is a monthly task and after I finished that this morning the rain had begun. Scanning around provided three Red-crested Pochard, an adult Yellow-legged Gull and a Stonechat in the Scaldwell Bay and a Great White Egret in front of Lagoon Hide.

Two male Bramblings visited our garden this morning, joined by a female in the afternoon. A Grey Wagtail and a Redpoll were further garden additions with Ravens nearby.

Two Great White Egrets were at Stanwick Lakes today and a Whooper Swan, a Great White Egret and fourteen Snipe were at Summer Leys. A covey of nine Grey Partridges were seen near Hartwell by Graham Martin, with one perched in a elderberry (not a pear) tree!

A wild and windy gull roost at Pitsford Reservoir this afternoon provided views of a/the adult Mediterranean Gull (it has a tendency to spend periods on the pontoon off the Sailing Club, nearest to the dam) plus a third year Yellow-legged Gull.


Neil M

In some autumns Stonechats
are very scarce in the county.
This autumn there seems to
be plenty about.

 Images courtesy
of John Tilly.

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