Wednesday, 6 May 2020

More blue sky birding!


Yesterday evening (Tuesday) and a Barn Owl was hunting the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton.

Today (Wednesday) and the Wood Sandpiper from yesterday was still present today on the flooded fields at Lower Barnwell (courtesy of John Hunt).

Our usual circuit at Harrington Airfield this morning was filled with birds, particularly singing warblers, and among other things we connected with a Raven, a pair of Grey Partridge, a singing Grasshopper Warbler and a female Wheatear. At least three Brown Hares were present too.

After a quiet couple of days the birds recorded from the garden list jumped five with the addition of Meadow Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, Skylark, Swift and Common Whitethroat... still waiting for Dunnock and Magpie though!

Adrian was in luck today though and managed a female Merlin chasing Starlings from his Wellingborough garden and several people reported Swifts overhead.

A Spotted Flycatcher was at Bradlaugh Fields, Northampton today and a Cattle Egret was at the eastern end of Stanwick Pits this morning, not surprisingly with cattle! Most reports of Cuckoo are coming from the Nene Valley or sizable woodland blocks.


Neil M

A Hobby compilation relating
to probably just a single bird
 showing well at Stortons Pits
courtesy of Paul Crotty.

This stunning male Hawfinch was
 caught and ringed by Jacob at
 Spurn yesterday.

 Images courtesy of
Bethan Clyne.

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