Monday, 18 May 2020

Raptors and more!


Adrian's early morning muster at Earls Barton was successful at locating a Garganey on the Summer Leys reserve and a Cattle Egret frequenting the area around Hardwater Lake. A Ringed Plover was there briefly this evening.

The Red-footed Falcon was reportedly still present at Ringstead Pits today, apparently showing to the south west of Kinewell Lake.

Thrapston Pits today hosted two Cuckoos, four Hobbies, a Curlew, the family of Oystercatchers and plenty of butterflies and dragonflies on the wing - information courtesy of Eric Graham.

An Osprey fished successfully at Pitsford Reservoir early this afternoon and took it's trout to a tree to eat and this evening a Dunlin flew around the Scaldwell Bay and then continued on it's way north west. A Broad-bodied Chaser (dragonfly) paid our garden a very brief visit this afternoon and a Raven passed over. Two Hobbies were hunting at Greens Norton today.

A Grasshopper Warbler was 'reeling' well at Harrington Airfield this morning near to Bunker One and butterflies included a pair of Small Heaths. Please note that bird ringing is planned for this site tomorrow and Thursday and access to the old air strip and Bunkers is not possible during this time. Access via the footpaths and concrete track is not affected. 

This evening a male Peregrine was at Blueberry Farm, Maidwell and a Barn Owl was hunting in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton.


Neil M



An Osprey over Harrington Airfield
a few days ago...

Red Kite.

Images courtesy of
Robin Gossage.

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