Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Dank Wednesday


A few more sightings for yesterday (Tuesday) evening included a male Marsh Harrier in the Brampton Valley Way below Hanging Houghton plus two hunting Barn Owls and over at Stanwick Pits Steve Fisher located two Cattle Egrets and a Redshank. Kenny Cramer continued his Cuckoo project at Linford Lakes into yesterday evening and caught and ringed two more Cuckoos making an impressive total of six birds this year.

Butterfly enthusiasts were also out and about yesterday and Fineshade Wood was the venue for up to three or four Dark Green Fritillaries (a very scarce and localised butterfly in Northants) and a Black Hairstreak which is not common at this venue. A Marbled White was at Earls Barton Pits (behind Mary's Lake).

Today (Wednesday) and perhaps it's little surprise that wildlife sightings are down somewhat in rather dank conditions. It didn't stop a big hatch of Chimney Sweeper moths at Sywell Country Park though (report courtesy of Fiona Barclay), a hatch of Scarlet Tiger moths at Hanging Houghton, a Turtle Dove was seen at a site in the county, a Black-tailed Godwit was still at Summer Leys LNR and this afternoon and evening an Osprey was at the Elinor trout fishing lake at Thrapston Pits. The usual third calendar year Yellow-legged Gull was at the dam-end of Pitsford Reservoir this morning.


Neil M

A trio of Cuckoos!
Image by Kenny Cramer

Rouzel and a poppy!
 An oil seed rape field near
 Pitsford Reservoir is
 completely infiltrated by poppies
 and looks stunning!


Small Tortoiseshell at
Harrington Airfield yesterday.

Yesterday's Pink-footed
Goose at Pitsford Reservoir.

Great Crested Grebe at
Pitsford Reservoir.

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