Sunday, 7 June 2020

More June Quail


A calmer day with less wind and intermittent showers and two new calling Quail were found today. One was calling from a wheat field this morning near to Scotland Wood Farm between Haselbech village and the A508 and the other was calling consistently for much of the day at Harrington Airfield. This latter bird was calling from vegetation 100 - 150m alongside the concrete track from the main entrance off the Draughton Road and was often close (but hidden). However this bird was silent this evening.

Spotted Flycatchers were noted today at Haselbech (near church), Beck Dairy (Cottesbrooke) and along the Brampton Valley Way north of Draughton Crossing.

At Stanwick Pits today there were two Cattle Egrets and a Ringed Plover on the main pit and a drake Red-crested Pochard on the Visitor Centre lake. The usual third calendar year Yellow-legged Gull, two Grey Wagtails and a Hobby were at the south end of Pitsford Reservoir this morning.

Over at Ravensthorpe Reservoir an Osprey was fishing this morning and at nearby Hollowell Reservoir Gary Burrows located a Ruddy Shelduck with the Canada Goose flock. A pair of Oystercatchers on the Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows reserve were with two youngsters today and two Cuckoos were noted too. Oystercatchers were also at Thrapston Pits as was a Cuckoo and hundreds of Common Swifts.

At Harrington Airfield this evening the first Willow Warbler and Linnet fledglings were out and about and a Barn Owl was hunting the field margins.


Neil M

Red Fox.

Fledgling Willow Warblers
at Harrington Airfield this evening.

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