Wednesday, 2 October 2019

October's cool air brings new birds...

Hello

Birds for yesterday (Tuesday) included several Redwings locally, although speaking to other birders it seems they were not the first of the autumn (but certainly the first I have encountered). Plenty of Meadow Pipits and other diurnal migrants were taking advantage of the pleasant conditions at Harrington Airfield in the morning and the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton produced a Whinchat, a pair of Stonechat, a Siskin, two Redpolls, a couple of Redwings and fifteen Golden Plovers plus an increase in the number of visible Skylarks and Blackbirds.

The Little Stint was again at Boddington Reservoir, the Titchmarsh Reserve attracted a Great White and twelve Little Egrets and Pitsford Reservoir hosted a Great White Egret, a Pintail, a Yellow-legged Gull and a Greenshank.

Today (Wednesday) and Adam saw a late Common Swift heading north over Corby this morning and Andy Cook saw a Red-crested Pochard and a Hobby at Clifford Hill Pits. Nick's efforts at Titchmarsh were again rewarded today with an Osprey and a Great White Egret and Steve Fisher found the six Cattle Egrets and a Peregrine at Stanwick, this time around the roadside pit.

A ringing session at Harrington Airfield this morning netted 76 birds of twelve species made up of two Blackbirds, a Chiffchaff, two Long-tailed Tits, ten Great Tits, eight Blue Tits, ten Yellowhammers, five Reed Buntings, a Chaffinch, twenty-two Goldfinches, ten Meadow Pipits, a Robin and four Dunnocks. Another session is planned there for tomorrow (Thursday) and access to the rough area around the bunkers and old runway will be restricted.

Regards

Neil M


Meadow Pipit at
Harrington Airfield
today...courtesy of
Lynne Barnett.

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