Saturday, 21 March 2020

Blocking wind from the east


A cool and blustery easterly wind has created a bottleneck of migrants trying to move up the UK and the county is full of these migrants which include flocks of gulls, Golden Plovers, thrushes, finches, Meadow Pipits and wagtails and others. Chiffchaffs are numerous and vocal as they push up gently through the spine of Britain.

Clifford Hill Pits held the same birds as the day before with the pair of Black-necked Grebes, two drake Scaup, a Dark-bellied Brent Goose, fifteen Sand Martins and a Wheatear. Summer Leys sounded quieter with the Brambling still at the Feeding Station, three Sand Martins and two Ravens. Thrapston Pits hosted a Great White Egret, a pair of Goosander, a pair of Oystercatchers, Sand Martins and plenty of Chifchaffs and nine Cetti's Warblers.

A Marsh Harrier was reported from Harrington Airfield and a Short-eared Owl and a Wheatear were at Borough Hill Country Park, Daventry. A flock of one hundred and fifty plus Golden Plovers were in fields close to Yardley Gobion this morning.

At Pitsford Reservoir today there was a Great White Egret north of the causeway, a Sand Martin, a pair of Oystercatchers and a Water Rail remains under the bushes at the Old Scaldwell Road Feeding Station. A third calendar year Yellow-legged Gull and a hunting Barn Owl were visible from the Sailing Club this evening.

Further Barn Owls included two in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton and another near Lamport Station.

The best new bird found today was a Firecrest this afternoon at Ravensthorpe Reservoir as found by Jonathan Cook. The bird was present in trees and bushes at the Coton-end of the causeway at the 'T' junction there.


Neil M


Courtesy of Robin Gossage.


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