Monday, 23 March 2020

Lock Down!


Yesterday (Sunday) and I picked up a dead Barn Owl between Maidwell and Scotland Wood which appeared to be a road casualty. It seemed to be a male bird and is now retained for toxicology analysis.

Also yesterday Kenny and Sarah completed a short ringing session at Linford Lakes and they processed a Song Thrush, three Redwings, a Wren, two Chiffchaffs, five Blue Tits, a Great Tit, five Long-tailed Tits, a Treecreeper, two Dunnocks, a Goldcrest and a Chaffinch. 

Today and new birds in the county seemed to be sparse - a Hooded Crow was reported near to Elinor Lake at Thrapston Pits but wasn't seen subsequently. At Summer Leys there was a Ruff, several Redshanks, ten plus Common Snipe, a Great White Egret, a Ring-necked Parakeet and a Wheatear nearby at Wollaston Sewer Works.

The two drake Scaup and a Redshank were seen at Clifford Hill Pits and Harrington Airfield hosted a flock of about thirty Golden Plovers and at least one Raven.

Today all Anglian Water sites and associated reserves were closed to the public and permit holders, and this includes Pitsford Reservoir. This is partly in recognition of the huge numbers of people visiting over the weekend and the risks that this potentially creates.

And the latest ministerial direction (this evening) is that we are now to stay at home so I'm afraid the contents of this blog will be rather limited in the days ahead!

Stay safe everyone!

Neil M

'Tis the season for romance!

Great Crested Grebes by
Robin Gossage.

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