Friday, 13 March 2020

Ditchford WeBS count


Today it was the WeBS count at Ditchford Pits which for the most part was completed in pleasant weather conditions. A Water Pipit was located west of Ditchford Lane near to the Viaduct Pit but then it flew further west over the railway line. Other birds included a Great White Egret in the same area and at least one pair of Oystercatchers, forty-one Snipe, five Kingfishers, plenty of Cetti's Warblers and Chiffchaffs, a Grey Wagtail, three Water Rails and plenty of nesting Cormorants and Grey Herons. Two Egyptian Geese were seen on the Delta Pit but were otherwise conspicuous through their absence.

Stanwick Pits today hosted five Cattle Egrets, a Great White Egret, two Redshanks and three Ravens and Summer Leys continued to attract a Great White Egret, four Oystercatchers and three singing Chiffchaffs.

A single Egyptian Goose was seen flying fast and east over Oundle this evening.

After the rain had passed this evening Harrington Airfield was the place to be for two hunting Barn Owls, four Stonechats, a stunning male Brambling and three Ravens. The wintering flock of eight Tree Sparrows remain too.


Neil M


Male Stonechat.

Images courtesy of
Robin Gossage.

Female Eurasian Wigeon.

Drake Eurasian Wigeon.

Images courtesy of John Tilly.

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