Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Damp and breezy Tuesday


Dog walking and combining some of it with visits to service seven wild bird feeding stations was the order for the day...

Brixworth Treatment Works sported a couple of Grey Wagtails but nothing else of note, Harrington Airfield held several Bramblings which were well scattered, plus a mobile flock of twenty-three Golden Plovers and plenty of in-coming thrushes and over-flying Starlings and Woodpigeons.

Pitsford Reservoir was the site for the adult Mediterranean Gull and an adult Yellow-legged Gull by the Sailing Club and north of the causeway there were the usual two Great White Egrets, an adult Yellow-legged Gull, a drake Pintail and three Red-crested Pochard, most of these birds being in the Scaldwell Bay. Small flocks of Bramblings and rather larger flocks of winter thrushes headed south west.

The Marsh Tits at Kelmarsh Hall and Scotland Wood and at the Old Scaldwell Road at Pitsford came to greet me as I filled up the feeders, or more likely they just wanted me out of the way before they raided the sunflower seeds! And with two visiting the garden feeders too it's great to hear their little sneezing call wherever I go! A couple of Bramblings muscled in on the Chaffinch flock regularly visiting our small garden.

A walk across the fields near Hanging Houghton this afternoon was pleasant despite the rain with plenty of birds taking advantage of the excellent mature and improved hedgerows managed by the Lamport Hall Trust with a flushed Woodcock and Bramblings being about the best birds seen. Lots of fungi in evidence and several examples of the Dog Vomit slime mould too.


Neil M

Yellow-legged Gull.

Wood Sandpiper.


Images courtesy of
Robin Gossage.

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