Sunday, 28 June 2020

Summer storms


A very blustery day with periods of sunshine and some showers. The birds in the village have been on high alert throughout the day with several forays from the local Sparrowhawk and Hobby, the fledged Swallows being successfully targeted by both raptors.

Harrington Airfield yielded a male Common Redstart between the Chipping Compound and Bunker One with the more secluded spots in the scrubby areas presenting a mosaic of purples, pinks and yellows of clover, Bugle, orchids and other flowers which in turn housed Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown and Marbled White butterflies. A Barn Owl also showed nicely early morning.

In the Nene Valley Eric Graham has spent both days of the week-end patrolling the Titchmarsh Reserve at Thrapston Pits locating up to three Little Egrets, five Oystercatchers, a Redshank, a Cuckoo and plenty of warblers, Swifts and hirundines. At Stanwick Pits this morning and Steve Fisher could see two juvenile and one adult Mediterranean Gull, two Green Sandpipers and a Peregrine. Four juvenile Cattle Egrets were reported at Kinewell Lake, Ringstead Pits today.

Adrian's visit to Hollowell Reservoir confirmed the continued presence of the Ruddy Shelduck and a fly-over Osprey was already carrying a fish, perhaps from nearby Ravensthorpe Reservoir. A single Turtle Dove maintains a lonely presence again at one site in the county. A pair of Spotted Flycatchers at Pitsford Reservoir are now feeding young in the nest.

For the lepidopderists among us, Purple Emperors were on view in small numbers in the Fermyn Wood complex and the now common Silver-washed Fritillaries in our larger woods contained the variant female 'valezina' types at both Weekley Hall Woods and Bucknell Wood today.

The Osprey photographed at Pitsford Reservoir yesterday was confirmed as a Rutland project bird, apparently a male hatched in 2016 which last year spent much of it's time in the Oundle area.


Neil M

Summer views taken yesterday
of the Brampton Valley
from Merry Tom Lane.

Platyrhinus resinous.

Platystomos albinus.

Both weevil images
courtesy of Robin Gossage.

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