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Monday, 25 July 2011

Three Northamptonshire Reservoirs

A trip out to the three Northamptonshire Reservoirs of Pitsford, Hollowell and Ravensthorpe with Matt Bruce produced some good birds but no usable images due to distance and light.

We started at Pitsford with a walk to the Scaldwell Hides. The feeding station produced the usual Tree Sparrows and Yellowhammers with good mixed Tit/Finch/Warbler flocks. Just past the Maytrees Hide, an eclipse Slavonian Grebe was found, with several female Red Crested Pochards close to the far bank. A Grasshopper Warbler was reeling. The Bird Club Hide gave reasonable views of the Common Terns, two Green Sandpipers and Common Sandpipers. At the Scaldwell Hides, an adult Yellow Legged Gull was found with fly by Little Egret. several Green and Common Sandpipers.

Hollowell Reservoir provided a Wood Sandpiper in Guilsborough Bay with four Green Sandpipers. A large number of adult and juvenile Yellow Wagtails were by the inlet area.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir provided nothing of interest at all!

Todays Sightings:

Great Crested Grebe; Slavonian Grebe; Cormorant; Little Egret; Grey Heron; Mute Swan; Canada Goose; Grey Lag Goose; Mallard; Gadwall; Shoveler; Teal; Pochard; Red Crested Pochard; Tufted Duck; Buzzard; Kestrel; Pheasant; Coot; Moorhen; Ringed Plover; Little Ringed Plover; Common Sandpiper; Wood Sandpiper; Green Sandpiper; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Lapwing; Snipe; Black Headed Gull; Yellow Legged Gull; LBB Gull; Common Tern; Wood Pigeon; Collared Dove; Green Woodpecker; Swallow; House Martin; Grey Wagtail; Pied Wagtail; Yellow Wagtail; Dunnock; Wren; Robin; Blackbird; Song Thrush; Grasshopper Warbler; Reed Bunting; Sedge Warbler; Chiffchaff; Willow Warbler; Whitethroat; Blackcap; Goldcrest; Long Tailed Tit; Coal Tit; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Starling; Magpie; Jackdaw; Carrion Crow; Rook; Tree Sparrow; Chaffinch; Goldfinch; Linnet; Yellowhammer.

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