Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Vivid blue sky birding


An altogether busier day today for birds of interest in the county although none have come my way!

John Hunt located another Wood Sandpiper this morning at Lower Barnwell floods. At lunchtime David Arden saw a Great White Egret and a Dunlin in the Scaldwell Bay at Pitsford Reservoir and at 2pm an Osprey was seen fishing at the south end of the reservoir.

Fiona watched a daytime hunting Barn Owl this morning, again in the Brampton Valley by Lamport Station.

Birds at Summer Leys reserve today included a lingering Sandwich Tern and the drake Garganey still and Adrian located two Whimbrel in the Nene Valley west of the railway viaduct at Ditchford Pits this afternoon.

Later summer migrants such as Garden Warbler, Hobby and Swift are being reported in a more widespread manner now and it seems to be a good spring for Lesser Whitethroats with lots of singing birds staking their claim.


Neil M

Dunlin at Pitsford Reservoir
courtesy of David Arden.



Stock Dove.

This Common Buzzard careered across
the field behind our house this afternoon
on an unsuccessful strike at a Rabbit
feeding in the field just a few feet from the
boundary hedge...five minutes later and two
Rabbits fed unconcernedly in exactly the same spot
with the buzzard watching from a tree
on the opposite side of the field!

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