Sunday, 14 June 2020

Sunday's summary


This morning a Barn Owl was flying around in Lamport village with another flying between bushes at Harrington Airfield where one of the Grey Partridge pairs was on view. There has clearly been a lot of clumsy walkers/dogs at this site over the last few days as many of the orchids were found crushed this morning! Two Marbled White butterflies were seen from the footpath that leads from old airfield past the museum and down to the Brampton Valley Way.

A male Siskin was a good garden bird at Priors Marston this morning and again another flew over calling at Hanging Houghton today where a singing Spotted Flycatcher was present in the lime trees of Manor Road. An excellent array of insects in Fiona Barclay's garden included a Currant Clearwing Moth.

David James had about half a dozen Dark Green Fritillary butterflies at Old Sulehay today, specifically at Sammocks Hill at Ring Haw where they were enjoying clover and Pyramidal Orchid flowers.

Spotted Flycatchers and a small brood of Marsh Tits were the highlights at New Covert, Kelmarsh and it was good to see that a local pair of Ravens in the NN6 postal district have produced at least two flying young.

Birds of note in the county today included the drake Red-crested Pochard at Stanwick Pits, now on the layby pit and two Black Terns at Clifford Hill Pits (Nene Barrage) at lunchtime.

A ringing session at Stortons Pits this morning was productive with lots of fledged young birds. Highlights included several returning Reed Warblers from last year and a Chiffchaff that had been ringed elsewhere. And almost inevitably Kenny caught his seventh Cuckoo of the season at Linford Lakes this evening, and the first female. It's good to know they are still in reasonable numbers somewhere not too far away!


Neil M

Variable Longhorn Beetle.

Currant Clearwing Moth.

Juvenile female Greenfinch
courtesy of Chris Payne.

Juvenile Reed Bunting
courtesy of Chris Payne.

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