Monday, 13 January 2020

Pitsford WeBs Count.


Today was the turn of Pitsford Reservoir to be subject of a WeBs count, and with a storm brewing and heavy rain forecast for after dark we were fortunate with the weather holding for us.

With the water level beyond capacity, mild temperatures and minimal marginal habitat the waterfowl numbers were always going to be low. The scarcer birds included two Great White Egrets (on floodwater at the back of the Holcot Bay and in the Moulton Grange Bay), three or four Little Egrets, a Redshank, fifty-five Common Snipe, a Grey Wagtail and five Stonechats (two pairs and a female between the causeway and the Bird Club hide). The female Scaup hybrid remains off the Valve Tower by the dam.

A Little Owl was the only bird of note at Harrington Airfield this afternoon, a Great White Egret and Peregrine showed themselves at Summer Leys and Stanwick hung on to its two Great White Egrets and seven Redshank.


Neil M

Great White Egret
courtesy of John Tilly.

Stonechat courtesy of
John Gamble.

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