Saturday, 23 November 2019

Grey and grimy Saturday!


I have been away for several days in the south of France tracking down Wallcreepers and other special birds of the region.

Chris Payne caught and ringed a male Sparrowhawk in his garden at Greens Norton on 21st November and then the following day he caught another (younger male) also in his garden!

Today (23rd Nov) and Summer Leys seemed to be the 'in' place with a Firecrest (near the feeding station), two Great White Egrets, a 'redhead' Smew and a Red-crested Pochard and a Stonechat. Thrapston Pits hosted two Great White Egrets, the Whooper Swan, a Peregrine and a Stonechat. Pitsford Reservoir managed a Great White Egret, a female Red-crested Pochard, a Brambling and a male Stonechat. Another Great White Egret was at Dragonfly Lake, Ditchford Pits.

Harrington Airfield still hung on to one Brambling and a couple of Golden Plovers this morning with two Woodcock flushed at Borough Hill Country Park this afternoon.


Neil M

First year male
Sparrowhawk courtesy
of Chris Payne.

Jackdaw with aberrant
plumage courtesy of
Pete Gilbert.

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