Saturday, 25 July 2020

Breeze, sunshine then showers... and some birds too!


A morning wander at Harrington Airfield produced no birds of note but Fiona manged to lure in a Six-belted Clearwing moth, believed to be the first record from this site of any clearwing moth.

The Scaldwell Bay at Pitsford Reservoir was the place to be this morning with a juvenile Marsh Harrier that showed well a couple of times plus three Red-crested Pochards, two Yellow-legged Gulls, a drake Goldeneye and a Green Sandpiper.

Summer Leys LNR proved attractive to two Great White Egrets, a Black-tailed Godwit, two Green Sandpipers, a Peregrine and a Marsh Harrier too. A couple of Clouded Yellows were seen at Earls Barton Pits yesterday and one was seen at Mary's Lake today.

Thrapston Pits was quiet for birds today but there was a Hobby and a Mandarin Duck at Kinewell Lake, Ringstead Pits.

The female Ruddy Shelduck was still present at Hollowell Reservoir today and there were three Common sandpipers present too.


Neil M

Male Blackbird. Most adults
by this time of the year look
exhausted and have seriously
abraded feathers. However this
male photographed by John Tilly
looks in fine fettle!

Common Tern courtesy
of Dave Jackson.

A Cootlet by Dave Jackson.

Dusky Sallow moth
by Dave Jackson.

The Drinker moth by
Dave Jackson.

Six-belted Clearwing moth
courtesy of Fiona Barclay.

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