Saturday, 16 May 2020

Red-footed Falcon


A lively birding day in the county today!

Steve Fisher commenced proceedings as early as 4.15am when he heard a minimum of two Common Cranes calling east of Irthlingborough. He went on to Stanwick Pits and saw a drake Garganey on the Main Pit.

Nick Parker was at Summer Leys this morning and located a drake Garganey there plus the Black-tailed Godwit too. David Arden witnessed a Marsh Harrier flying east over Spratton village at 8.50am.

Birdguides reported the Wood Sandpiper on a pool to the east side of Ecton SF again today and two Hobbies were in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton again today.

However it was that man Nick Parker again that stole the show by finding a superb first year Red-footed Falcon feeding over Kinewell Lake, Ringstead Pits. Nick was just commencing his monthly WeBS count when the falcon flew through his binoculars, and that was after he had spent some hours at Thrapston yesterday going through the Hobby flock there looking for a Red-foot! Up to five Hobbies were also over Kinewell Lake today, also catching insects.


Neil M

Red-footed Falcon.

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