Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Pitsford WeBS count

Hello

The small numbers of wildfowl present meant that the WeBS count at Pitsford Reservoir today was completed by two observers in just over five hours! Eleanor walked the perimeter south of the causeway and I walked around the reserve north of the causeway in windy but mild conditions and even some weak sunshine!

Two Great White Egrets were together in the Walgrave Bay and a single seen later in the Scaldwell Bay could potentially have been a third bird. Three Little Egrets were also present in the Scaldwell Bay and Grey Herons were easy to see today as they went about their early breeding efforts. One pair has elected to build a nest in bushes between the Bird Club and James Fisher Hides.

At least two Kingfishers were in the Holcot Bay where fishing must have been difficult in the muddy, discoloured water and two Oystercatchers and twenty Snipe were between the causeway and Maytrees Hide. Migrants included a Grey Wagtail on the causeway and four Chiffchaffs.

Elsewhere and Chris Green saw a Great White Egret at East Pit on the Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows section of the Ditchford Pits complex.

Regards

Neil M


Great Crested Grebe. Present in just small
numbers at Pitsford today, some will remain
to breed.

Grey Heron. A dozen or so pairs
are expected to nest at Pitsford this year.

Just one drake Shoveler
was seen at Pitsford today!

All images courtesy of
Robin Gossage.

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