Sunday, 15 March 2020

Corona Virus


The Northants Bird Club have made the decision to cancel the next two indoor meetings which were planned for 1st April and 6th May 2020. This is due to the escalating Corona Virus pandemic and the fact that in due course it seems very likely that more of us will be required to self isolate even if we don't display symptoms. Any change to this policy and plans for meetings later in the year will be documented here and on the NBC blogsite.

I spent several hours at Brixworth Water Treatment Works this afternoon, preparing the site for a ringing session there tomorrow. Birds noted included a Water Rail, about a dozen Snipe, a male Stonechat, a singing Willow Tit and three Grey Wagtails. There were plenty of Redwings and Fieldfares and Meadow Pipits on the move this afternoon, particularly as the rain subsided.

The county was a good place to be today if you like Great White Egrets! Four birds were confirmed at Thrapston Pits, two were at Stanwick Pits and two were at Summer Leys. Two Cattle Egrets, a couple of Redshanks and a Peregrine were also at Stanwick and a Knot was seen in flight there this afternoon. Single Grey Wagtails were at Beck Dairy, Cottesbrooke and Maidwell.

This evening the weather perked up and Eleanor enjoyed a nice suite of birds at Harrington Airfield including two unidentified 'grey geese' distantly on the deck (possibly Bean), a Short-eared Owl, two Barn Owls, three Stonechats, four Grey Partridges and lots of Fieldfares.


Neil M

Grey Wagtail.

Great White Egret.


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