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This news page aims to provide up to date news of all interesting birds as, and when, they occur in Northamptonshire. I will endeavour to update this page regularly but I do not guarantee any specific update frequency. News and information may be received from a variety of sources and it is published in good faith.Disclaimer clause

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Latest update: Saturday 25th October 2014   11.05

Today

25 Oct        Bittern                                   Stortons GP – one flew into the reedbed at 08.30

Friday 24th October

24 Oct        Ring Ouzel                           Harrington AF – one in trackside bushes close to the shooting wall this morning, also 30 Golden Plovers, several Bramblings and a Corn Bunting near the first bunker

24 Oct        Great White Egret           Pitsford Res – still one in Scaldwell Bay,  also 12 Red-crested Pochards

24 Oct        Short-eared Owl               Maidwell – one still at Blueberry Farm, in the southernmost field this morning, also 2 Stonechats

24 Oct        Bittern                                   Stanwick GP – two flew into the reedbed at 09.00

Thursday 23rd October 

23 Oct        Short-eared Owl               Maidwell – one still at Blueberry Farm, in the southernmost field at 13.00 and 17.45, also 2 Stonechats

Wednesday 22nd October 

22 Oct        Short-eared Owl               Maidwell – one still at Blueberry Farm, in the southernmost field at 17.25

22 Oct        Great White Egret           Pitsford Res – still one in Scaldwell Bay,  also 2 Ruddy Shelducks, Dunlin and Stonechat

22 Oct        Grey Phalarope                 Pitsford Res – still present in Pintail Bay late morning

Tuesday 21st October

21 Oct        Short-eared Owl               Maidwell – one still at Blueberry Farm, at the bottom of the largest set-aside field on the hill to the west of the farm this evening

21 Oct        Great White Egret           Pitsford Res – still 2-3 (2 in Scaldwell Bay, one at the gorse bushes south of the causeway), also 2 Ruddy Shelducks south of the causeway and 3 (2 adults) Yellow-legged Gulls in the gull roost

21 Oct        Azorean Gull                      Stanwick GP – an adult on the A45 Lay-by Pit 16.00 to 16. 20, then flew north

21 Oct        Grey Phalarope                 Pitsford Res – still present in Pintail Bay at 15.30

21 Oct        Grey Phalarope                 Pitsford Res – still present in the small bay with the ash tree and bench, north/east of Pintail Bay at midday

Monday 20th October

20 Oct        Short-eared Owl               Maidwell – one still at Blueberry Farm, in the southernmost field, this evening, also 2 Stonechats

20 Oct        Garganey                              Ravensthorpe Res – one this afternoon, also drake Mandarin Duck, Greenshank, 5 Green Sandpipers and adult Yellow-legged Gull

20 Oct        Grey Phalarope                 Pitsford Res – still present, north/east of Pintail Bay mid-afternoon, also on site: 11 Pintail, 18 Red-crested Pochards, Great White Egret, Green Sandpiper, adult Yellow-legged Gull, Northern Wheatear and 2 Stonechats

Sunday 19th October

19 Oct        Grey Phalarope                 Pitsford Res – still present, in the small bay east of Pintail Bay, until dusk also, north of the causeway, 7 Pintail, 4 Goldeneye, 24 Red-crested Pochards, Great White Egret and 2 Stonechats

19 Oct        Short-eared Owl               Maidwell – one still at Blueberry Farm, in the southernmost field, just prior to dusk

19 Oct        Pink-footed Goose          Stanford Res – one, also Cackling Goose still

19 Oct        Grey Plover                         Pitsford Res – juvenile still on the north bank of the main barrage lake at 15.30

19 Oct        Grey Phalarope                 Pitsford Res – still present, in the small bay east of Pintail Bay at 12.30

19 Oct        Ring-necked Parakeet    Northampton – one flew over Weston Favell allotments at midday

19 Oct        Great White Egret            Summer Leys LNR – again on the scrape at 10.20 then flew west at 10.45

19 Oct        Grey Plover                          Pitsford Res – a juvenile on the north bank of the main barrage lake this morning

19 Oct        Short-eared Owl               Harrington AF – still present this morning at 08.45, also Stonechat and Northern Wheatear

Saturday 18th October

18 Oct        Water Pipit                          Ditchford GP – one on the Watersports Pit west of Ditchford Lane this afternoon, also 7 Egyptian Geese, Bittern on second pit east of Ditchford Lane, Green Sandpiper, Common Snipe and two Stonechats

18 Oct        Black-necked Grebe        Thrapston GP – one still on Town Lake late afternoon

18 Oct        Grey Phalarope                 Pitsford Res – still present, on the shore by the wooden gate on the north side of Pintail Bay late afternoon

18 Oct        Short-eared Owl               Harrington AF – one flushed from triangle of long grass near the first bunker at 15.50, also 26 Golden Plovers over

18 Oct        Grey Phalarope                 Pitsford Res – still present at 13.45 opposite the Holly Tree and near sailing buoy no. 2

18 Oct        Red-crested Pochard      Stanford Res – two drakes plus a female-type hybrid, also Cackling Goose, Barnacle Goose, three Goldeneye, Peregrine and Common Sandpiper

18 Oct        Grey Phalarope                 Pitsford Res – still present on north side of big side, opposite the pines, also Garganey and Northern Wheatear from the dam

Friday 17th October

17 Oct        Grey Phalarope                 Pitsford Res – still present in Pintail Bay at 16.30, also 2 Ruddy Shelducks still, Great White Egret, Green Sandpiper, Northern Wheatear and Rock Pipit

17 Oct        Grey Phalarope                 Pitsford Res – still present this morning at 11.00 but elusive

Thursday 16th October

16 Oct        Grey Phalarope                 Pitsford Res – still present this afternoon at 15.30

16 Oct        Short-eared Owl               Maidwell – one still at Blueberry Farm this evening, also 2 Stonechats

16 Oct        Great White Egret            Pitsford Res – still at least one north of the causeway this afternoon, also 2 Ruddy Shelducks and Green Sandpiper

16 Oct        Short-eared Owl               Maidwell – one again over setaside at Blueberry Farm this afternoon

16 Oct        Grey Phalarope                 Pitsford Res – one still this morning, but no sign after 14.00, also Northern Wheatear still on the dam

16 Oct        Merlin                                    Boddington Res – an immature flew west at 08.15, also 2 Goldeneye and Common Sandpiper

Wednesday 15th October

15 Oct        Grey Phalarope                 Pitsford Res – one still off pines just north of Moulton Grange Bay at 16.45, also 2 Greenshank through, adult Yellow-legged Gull, Northern Wheatear and Rock Pipit still on the dam

15 Oct        Grey Phalarope                 Pitsford Res – one 300 metres north of Moulton Grange Bay at midday, also 2 Ruddy Shelducks, 21 Red-crested Pochards, 3 Great White Egrets, Redshank and 3 Swallows

Tuesday 14th October

14 Oct        Short-eared Owl               Maidwell – one in southern fields at Blueberry Farm this evening

14 Oct        Spotted Redshank           Sywell CP – one this afternoon

14 Oct        Mediterranean Gull         Pitsford Res – a first-winter off the dam late afternoon, also 3 Yellow-legged Gulls

14 Oct        Great White Egret            Summer Leys LNR – still this afternoon

14 Oct        Hoopoe                                  Towcester – one reported in a private garden ‘recently’

14 Oct        Rock Pipit                             Pitsford Res – one on the dam at 15.40

14 Oct        Little Stint                            Hollowell Res – one and two Rock Pipits this afternoon

14 Oct        Ring-necked Parakeet    Northampton – two flew over Eastfield, toward Eastfield Park, this afternoon

14 Oct        Rock Pipit                             Thrapston GP – one on Barclaycard Pit, also juvenile Little Gull and adult Mediterranean Gull this afternoon

14 Oct        Grey Phalarope                 Pitsford Res – two flew from Scaldwell Bay toward the causeway at 12.00 but could not be relocated

14 Oct        Gannet                                    Pitsford Res – juvenile until 11.00 when it flew west

14 Oct        Black-necked Grebe        Thrapston GP – two again on Town Lake this morning, also 2 Goldeneye, Grey Plover, second-winter Caspian Gull, Common Tern, c500 Redwings and 6 Bramblings there

14 Oct        Gannet                                    Pitsford Res – a juvenile in Pintail Bay at 10.00

14 Oct        Great White Egret            Summer Leys LNR – again on the scrape this morning at 08.30

Monday 13th October

13 Oct        Kittiwake                              Pitsford Res – at least 20 by the dam late afternoon

13 Oct        Rock Pipit                             Hollowell Res – one still this afternoon, also 2 Barnacle Geese, 2 Golden Plovers, 2 Dunlin, adult Yellow-legged Gull and 4 Stonechats; at nearby Ravensthorpe Res – one Greenshank

13 Oct        Common Tern                   Thrapston GP – a juvenile on Town Lake this afternoon but no sign of yesterday’s Black-necked Grebes

13 Oct        Kittiwake                              Pitsford Res – fifteen by the dam

13 Oct        Kittiwake                              Summer Leys – one from the screen hide at 14.30

13 Oct        Grey Phalarope                 Hollowell Res – one flew the length of the reservoir before heading off north at 13.15

Sunday 12th October 

12 Oct        Ring Ouzel                            Maidwell – one at Blueberry Farm, also 10 Golden Plovers over, 2 Short-eared Owls in the southernmost field and 2 Stonechats

12 Oct        Great White Egret            Pitsford Res – total of 3 again north of the causeway, also 25 Red-crested Pochards

12 Oct        Arctic Tern                           Thrapston GP – a juvenile through this afternoon

12 Oct        Great White Egret            Pitsford Res – two still north of the causeway this afternoon

12 Oct        Great White Egret            Thrapston GP – still on Titchmarsh reserve, in north-east corner of Barclaycard Pit late morning, also 2 Black-necked Grebes on Town Lake

Saturday 11th October

11 Oct        Great White Egret            Thrapston GP – still on Titchmarsh reserve today

11 Oct        Great White Egret            Pitsford Res – now 3 in Scaldwell Bay this afternoon, also 21 Red-crested Pochards

11 Oct        Red-crested Pochard      Stanford Res – ten (8 drakes) plus a female-type hybrid, also Cackling Canada Goose on dam, Barnacle Goose, female Goldeneye, Golden Plover, Common Sandpiper, Common Snipe and Redwing

11 Oct        Black-necked Grebe        Thrapston GP – one on Town Lake this afternoon

11 Oct        Great White Egret            Pitsford Res – two still north of the causeway this morning, also 15 Pintails, 21 Red-crested Pochards and Green Sandpiper

Friday 10th October

10 Oct        Short-eared Owl               Maidwell – one

10 Oct        Merlin                                    Daventry CP – a female/immature between 14.35 and 14.40 then flew east, also Green Sandpiper and adult Yellow-legged Gull

10 Oct        Rock Pipit                             Hollowell Res – one still this afternoon, also 2 Barnacle Geese, Dunlin, adult Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Stonechats and White Wagtail

10 Oct        Great White Egret            Pitsford Res – two again in Scaldwell Bay at 14.00, also Green Sandpiper

10 Oct        Rock Pipit                             Ravensthorpe Res – one on the island at 13.15 before flying toward the fishing lodge, also 4 Green Sandpipers and 3 Common Snipe

10 Oct        Great White Egret            Thrapston GP – yesterday’s individual now at the north-east end of Titchmarsh reserve (Barclaycard Pit) on the small mud island on the Aldwincle side at 11.30

10 Oct        Black-necked Grebe        Pitsford Res – no sign by the dam this morning

Thursday 9th October

09 Oct        Ring Ouzel                           Harrington AF – one half-way between the chippings compound and the first bunker

09 Oct        Black-necked Grebe        Pitsford Res – two still off the dam at 17.00

09 Oct        Black-necked Grebe        Pitsford Res – two still off the dam, near the sailing club at 12.30

09 Oct        Great White Egret            Thrapston GP – one at the eastern end of Town Lake at midday

09 Oct        Black-necked Grebe        Pitsford Res – two off the dam at 10.00

Wednesday 8th October

08 Oct        Rock Pipit                             Hollowell Res – two still in Guilsborough Bay today, also 2 Barnacle Geese, Yellow-legged Gull and at least 4 Stonechats

Tuesday 7th October 

07 Oct        Great White Egret             Pitsford Res – two north of the causeway today

07 Oct        Garganey                              Ravensthorpe Res – juvenile still, plus Green Sandpiper and adult Yellow-legged Gull

07 Oct        Rock Pipit                             Hollowell Res – three still today, also Yellow-legged Gull and at least 6 Stonechats

07 Oct        Great White Egret             Summer Leys LNR – still present on scrape at 08.15

Monday 6th October

06 Oct        Garganey                              Pitsford Res – one still between the dam and Moulton Grange Bay late afternoon, also 4 Ringed Plovers and Northern Wheatear

06 Oct        Rock Pipit                             Hollowell Res – four with c.50 Meadow Pipits around the feeder stream late afternoon, also 2 Stonechats

Sunday 5th October 

05 Oct        Great White Egret             Summer Leys LNR – still present this afternoon

05 Oct        Red-crested Pochard      Stanford Res – five drakes plus a female-type hybrid, also Cackling Canada Goose, female Goldeneye, Golden Plover, Common Sandpiper and Green Sandpiper this morning

05 Oct        Great White Egret             Pitsford Res – one in Scaldwell Bay at midday, also 12 Pintail, 16 Red-crested Pochards, Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Snipe and Stonechat,  plus Garganey and 2 Ringed Plovers at the eastern end of the dam

Saturday 4th October

04 Oct        Great White Egret             Summer Leys LNR – still present this afternoon, also 3 Common Snipe

Friday 3rd October

03 Oct        Rock Pipit                             Summer Leys LNR – one on the scrape at 09.00 before being flushed by a Sparrowhawk

Thursday 2nd October 

02 Oct        Ruddy Shelduck                Pitsford  Res – two in Scaldwell Bay this morning, also Pintail, 13 Red-crested Pochards and Yellow-legged Gull

Wednesday 1st October

01 Oct        Great White Egret            Summer Leys LNR – still present

Tuesday 30th September

30 Sep        Whinchat                              Hollowell Res – one this afternoon, also 4 Stonechats and 2 Yellow-legged Gulls

Monday 29th September

29 Sep        Red-crested Pochard     Pitsford  Res – thirteen in Scaldwell Bay still (including leucistic drake)

29 Sep        Great White Egret            Summer Leys LNR – still present early afternoon

Sunday 28th September

28 Sep       Yellow-browed Warbler Great Billing – one reported in a garden briefly, not since

28 Sep        Great White Egret            Summer Leys LNR – still present early afternoon, also Garganey

Saturday 27th September

27 Sep        Wryneck                               Pitsford  Res – one in a Rushden garden briefly, not since

27 Sep        Red-crested Pochard     Pitsford  Res – thirteen in Scaldwell Bay this morning (including leucistic drake), also Stonechat between Maytrees Hide and Bird Club Hide and 2 Ruff by causeway

27 Sep        Whinchat                              Hollowell Res – one this morning, also 3 Stonechats

27 Sep        Ring-necked Parakeet    Northampton – one flew over Riverside shopping complex this morning

27 Sep        Great White Egret            Summer Leys LNR – still present at 09.15

Friday 26th September 

26 Sep        Osprey                                   Thrapston GP – one fishing at Elinor Trout Lake this afternoon

26 Sep        Red-crested Pochard     Pitsford  Res – thirteen in Scaldwell Bay this morning (including leucistic drake), also Stonechat between Maytrees Hide and Bird Club Hide

26 Sep        Great White Egret          Summer Leys LNR – still present at 11.30

Thursday 25th September 

25 Sep        Red-necked Grebe          Daventry CP – no sign of adult today

25 Sep        Garganey                            Pitsford Res – one between the dam and Moulton Grange Bay 17.30, also Ringed Plover and 2 Ruff

25 Sep        Pink-footed Goose         Ravensthorpe Res – one with Greylags on the small side 16.15, also Garganey still

25 Sep        Garganey                            Summer Leys LNR – two this afternoon

25 Sep        Great White Egret          Summer Leys LNR – still on the scrape at 10.00

Wednesday 24th September

24 Sep        Marsh Harrier                 Harrington AF – a ‘cream-crown’ this afternoon, also Peregrine

24 Sep        Red-necked Grebe          Daventry CP – adult still by dam late this afternoon, also Yellow-legged Gull

24 Sep        Garganey                           Ravensthorpe Res – one still this afternoon

24 Sep        Red-crested Pochard     Pitsford  Res – twelve in Scaldwell Bay this morning

24 Sep        Black-tailed Godwit       Clifford Hill GP – one this morning, also 4 Little Ringed Plovers, Ruff and Common Sandpiper

24 Sep        Great White Egret          Summer Leys LNR – still on the scrape at 08.15, also Garganey

Tuesday 23rd September 

23 Sep        Black-tailed Godwit       Clifford Hill GP – one at 17.00, also Ringed Plover

23 Sep        Whinchat                           Maidwell – at least 4 at Blueberry Farm plus 2 Stonechats

23 Sep        Whinchat                            Thrapston GP – one by the bridge near Elinor Trout Lake, also Hobby

23 Sep        Red-necked Grebe          Daventry CP – adult still by dam late morning, also 3 Green Sandpipers and Common Sandpiper

23 Sep        Great White Egret          Earls Barton GP – the Summer Leys bird on the island in Mary’s Lake at 11.30

23 Sep        Great White Egret          Summer Leys LNR – still on the scrape at 08.40, also Garganey and Ringed Plover

Monday 22nd September

22 Sep        Great White Egret          Summer Leys LNR – still on the scrape at 15.00

22 Sep        Red-crested Pochard    Pitsford Res – five in Scaldwell Bay early afternoon

22 Sep        Red-necked Grebe          Daventry CP – adult still by dam early afternoon

22 Sep        Great White Egret          Summer Leys LNR – still on the scrape at 11.00

22 Sep        Marsh Harrier                 Brampton Valley – a ‘cream-crown’ flew toward Brixworth at 10.45

22 Sep        Common Redstart          Stanford Res – one trapped and ringed 09.45

22 Sep        Great White Egret          Summer Leys LNR – one on the scrape at 08.40, also Garganey

Sunday 21st September

21 Sep        Osprey                                  Pitsford Res – one between the reservoir and nearby Walgrave this afternoon, also Common Redstart and 3 Golden Plovers

21 Sep        Whinchat                            Clifford Hill GP – one on the fence behind the Premier Inn at 17.00, also leucistic drake Red-crested Pochard on the main barrage lake plus 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Dunlin and 2 Ruff

21 Sep        Red-necked Grebe          Daventry CP – adult still by dam mid-afternoon

21 Sep        Bittern                                  Summer Leys LNR –  one in reeds on north side of scrape at 11.30 before flying west over Hardwater at 12.13

Saturday 20th September

20 Sep        Whinchat                           Maidwell – one at Blueberry Farm plus Stonechat still

20 Sep        Red-crested Pochard    Pitsford Res – thirteen today, also 2 Hobbies

20 Sep        Ruddy Shelduck            Pitsford Res – two still ibn Holcot Bay this afternoon

20 Sep        Red-crested Pochard    Stanford Res – eclipse drake still this morning, also 3 Pintail, female Goldeneye and Green Sandpiper south at 11.45

20 Sep        Red-necked Grebe         Daventry CP – adult still this morning

20 Sep        Garganey                           Summer Leys LNR – three this morning and Ruff briefly on nearby Mary’s Lake

Friday 19th September

19 Sep        Red-necked Grebe         Daventry CP – adult still this morning

19 Sep        Garganey                           Summer Leys LNR – two on the scrape 08.40, also Common Sandpiper on Round Island

Thursday 18th September 

18 Sep        Caspian Gull                     Stanwick GP – five (juvenile, 2 first-winters, second-winter and third-winter) this afternoon plus possible adult or hybrid, also c.90 Yellow-legged Gulls

18 Sep        Great White Egret         Thrapston GP – one flew over Titchmarsh LNR at 15.00

18 Sep        Red-necked Grebe         Daventry CP – adult still this afternoon, also Hobby, Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpipers and Tree Pipit by canal feeder stream

18 Sep        Garganey                           Summer Leys LNR – one still on the scrape 08.15

Wednesday 17th September

17 Sep        Marsh Harrier                Thrapston GP – a ‘cream-crown’ flew west over Titchmarsh LNR at 14.00

17 Sep        Great White Egret         Pitsford Res – still north of the causeway, in Scaldwell Bay at 13.15

17 Sep        Red-necked Grebe         Daventry CP – adult still this morning

Tuesday 16th September 

16 Sep        Whinchat                           Maidwell – at least two still at Blueberry Farm, also Stonechat and Common Redstart; at nearby Harrington AF – one Redstart

16 Sep        Garganey                            Summer Leys LNR – one still on the scrape this afternoon

16 Sep        Great White Egret         Pitsford Res – still north of the causeway, in Scaldwell Bay this afternoon, also 2 Ruddy Shelducks still, 9 Red-crested Pochards and 2 Ruff

16 Sep        Garganey                            Ravensthorpe Res – one still this afternoon

16 Sep        Red-necked Grebe         Daventry CP – adult still this morning

Monday 15th September

15 Sep        Marsh Harrier                 Maidwell – one through over the south fields at Blueberry Farm at 16.00, also 2 Whinchats

15 Sep        Curlew Sandpiper          Pitsford Res – juvenile still east of the dam, on mud at mouth of Moulton Grange Bay at 15.15, also Dunlin and 4 Ruff

15 Sep        Garganey                            Ravensthorpe Res – one still this afternoon, also 3 Hobbies, Ruff, Dunlin and Green Sandpiper; at nearby Hollowell Res – 2 Barnacle Geese, juvenile Hobby, Ringed Plover, 2 Ruff and adult Yellow-legged Gull

15 Sep        Great White Egret         Pitsford Res – still north of the causeway, in Walgrave Bay, at 11.00, also 6 Red-crested Pochards in Scaldwell Bay and Ruff by the causeway

15 Sep        Curlew Sandpiper          Pitsford Res – a juvenile east of the dam this morning

15 Sep        Little Stint                         Clifford Hill GP – one this morning, also 2 Little Ringed Plovers, Dunlin, Ruff, 3 Common Snipe and White Wagtail

15 Sep        Caspian Gull                     Stanwick GP – juvenile again this morning, also Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpipers and 2 Common Snipe

15 Sep        Red-necked Grebe         Daventry CP – adult still this morning, also 5 Common Sandpipers, Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Snipe, first-winter Mediterranean Gull and juvenile Caspian Gull

Saturday 13th September

14 Sep        Whinchat                          Maidwell – three in southernmost field at Blueberry Farm, also Stonechat and 2 Common Redstarts

14 Sep        Little Stint                         Stanwick GP – one this evening, also Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpipers, c.20 Yellow-legged Gulls and juvenile Caspian Gull

14 Sep        Great White Egret         Pitsford Res – still north of the causeway 17.30

14 Sep        Common Redstart         Stanford Res – a first winter male on fence by pumping shed, then moved to bushes just by the River Avon, also 2 Pintain still, juvenile Hobby and 2 Ruff on dam before flying high west

14 Sep        Red-crested Pochard   Ravensthorpe Res – two this afternoon; at nearby Hollowell Res – the 2 Barnacle Geese still, Hobby and adult Yellow-legged Gull

14 Sep        Red-necked Grebe         Daventry CP – moulting adult still this afternoon

14 Sep        Garganey                            Summer Leys LNR – two this morning (one on the scrape, one on Brayshaw’s Bund), also female Goldeneye still on Mary’s Lake and Ruff flew east at 11.10

14 Sep        Great White Egret         Pitsford Res – one still north of the causeway this morning plus, by the dam, Garganey, Pintail, 2 Ruff, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, and adult Yellow-legged Gull

Saturday 13th September

13 Sep        Red-crested Pochard    Stanford Res – eclipse drake today, also 2 Pintail, female Goldeneye, Hobby and 2 Common Sandpipers

13 Sep        Great White Egret          Pitsford Res – one still north of the causeway today, also 2 Ruddy Shelducks, Hobby, Ruff and 2 Green Sandpipers

13 Sep        Little Stint         Pitsford Res – one on the spit between the dam and Moulton Grange Bay at 18.00, also 2 Ruff

13 Sep        Garganey                            Summer Leys LNR – one still in the wader bay late afternoon

13 Sep        Willow Warbler             Stanford Res – one of the northern race acredula trapped and ringed this morning is the fourth record of this race for Northants

13 Sep        Garganey                            Summer Leys LNR – one still, in the wader bay at 11.10

13 Sep        Red-necked Grebe         Daventry CP – moulting adult still this morning

13 Sep        Black-tailed Godwit      Clifford Hill GP – two on the main barrage lake at 08.30, also 2 Little Ringed Plovers and 2 Common Sandpipers

Friday 12th September 

12 Sep        Great White Egret         Pitsford Res – one still in Scaldwell Bay at 16.40, also 2 Ruddy Shelducks, 8 Red-crested Pochards and 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (adult and juvenile) plus Osprey earlier at 10.45

12 Sep        Red-necked Grebe         Daventry CP – moulting adult still this morning, also Redshank, Common Sandpiper and 2 Green Sandpipers

Thursday 11th September 

11 Sep        Tree Pipit                           Bozenham – one over this afternoon, also Whinchat in hedge along the big meadow there

11 Sep        Great White Egret         Pitsford Res – one still in Scaldwell Bay at 13.45, also 2 Ruddy Shelducks, 7 Red-crested Pochards and Osprey there

11 Sep        Common Redstart         Harrington AF – one this morning, also 3 Whinchats and 2 Northern Wheatears

11 Sep        Common Redstart         Maidwell – four at Blueberry Farm this morning, also Peregrine, Hobby and 8 Whinchats

11 Sep        Whinchat                            Sywell CP – one this morning

11 Sep        Little Stint                          Clifford Hill GP – one on the main barrage lake late morning, also 2 Little Ringed Plovers, Ringed Plover, 7 Dunlin, 6 Ruff and Common Snipe

11 Sep        Red-necked Grebe         Daventry CP – moulting adult still this morning

11 Sep        Garganey                            Summer Leys LNR – one on the scrape at 09.00

Wednesday 10th September 

10 Sep        Nightjar                              Northampton – one reported at Brackmills Industrial Estate at 19.15, around trees at the old MFI end of Burryport Road (at the opposite end of the road to the car auction)

10 Sep        Red-necked Grebe        Daventry CP – moulting adult still showing well off the dam at 19.15

10 Sep        Great White Egret         Pitsford Res – one in Scaldwell Bay this evening, also 7 Red-crested Pochards still

10 Sep        Whinchat                           Stanwick GP – four still this evening

10 Sep        Red-necked Grebe         Daventry CP – moulting adult still off the dam early afternoon

10 Sep        Red-necked Grebe         Daventry CP – a moulting adult off the dam at 10.55, also 2 Pintail and Green Sandpiper

10 Sep        Little Stint                          Summer Leys LNR – one on the scrape then flew east at 08.55

Tuesday 9th September

09 Sep        Whinchat                          Maidwell – eight at Blueberry Farm, also Peregrine and Hobby

09 Sep        Black-tailed Godwit     Summer Leys LNR – three this afternoon, also Ruff

09 Sep        Garganey                           Ravensthorpe Res – one early afternoon, also 2 Green Sandpipers there; at nearby Hollowell Res – 2 Barnacle Geese still, 3 Pintails, Hobby, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Ringed Plovers, Dunlin, Ruff, Common Snipe, Whinchat, Stonechat and 6 Yellow Wagtails

09 Sep        Red-crested Pochard   Pitsford Res – seven in Scaldwell Bay

09 Sep        Common Redstart        Stanford Res – a juvenile male trapped and ringed

09 Sep        Whinchat                          Stanwick GP – one at the eastern end this morning

09 Sep        Ring-necked Parakeet Northampton – three in St Giles Street at 08.00

Monday 8th September

08 Sep        Whinchat                          Maidwell – six at Blueberry Farm this evening

08 Sep        Marsh Harrier                Thrapston GP – two reported, also Black Tern on Barclaycard Pit

08 Sep        Willow Warbler             Stanford Res – one of the northern race acredula trapped and ringed this morning is the third record of this race for Northants, also an estimated 500 Blackcaps there

08 Sep        Garganey                           Summer Leys LNR – one on Brayshaw’s Bund this morning, also Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Common Snipe

08 Sep        Whinchat                          Stanwick GP – one plus Ruff at far western end by A6 bridge, also White Wagtail on the main lake

08 Sep        Garganey                           Clifford Hill GP – one around the peninsular on the main barrage lake this morning at 09.40, also Red-crested Pochard, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plovers, 5 Dunlin and 2 Ruff and  Common Sandpiper

Sunday 7th September 

07 Sep        Mediterranean Gull     Pitsford Res – a first-winterby the dam this evening, also 3 Common Sandpipers and 6 Yellow-legged Gulls

07 Sep        Whinchat                          Stanwick GP – at least 4 still at the far eastern this evening, also 5 Yellow Wagtails

07 Sep        Red-crested Pochard   Pitsford Res – seven in Scaldwell Bay this afternoon, also 2 Green Sandpipers

07 Sep        Tree Pipit                          Maidwell – one at Blueberry Farm, also Peregrine, 2 Hobbies, Common Redstart and 4 Whinchats; 2 Common Redstarts at nearby Harrington AF

07 Sep        Whinchat                          Stanwick GP – at least six this morning

07 Sep        Garganey                           Summer Leys LNR – one from screen hide this morning, also Northern Wheatear on path by Pioneer Hide  Garganey, Bl-t Godwit & 3 Snipe Brayshaw’s Bund, Summer Leys, also colour ringed Cormorant, 11am.

07 Sep        Little Stint                         Clifford Hill GP – one still on pools on main peninsular at 10.45, also 3 Red-crested Pochards (one leucistic individual), 2 Little Ringed Plovers, Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlins and Yellow Wagtail

07 Sep        Whinchat                          Harrington AF – one by first bunker at 09.00

07 Sep        Tree Pipit                          Borough Hill – one over this morning, also 3 Whinchats, 2 Common Redstarts, 1-2 Northern Wheatears and 2 Yellow Wagtails

Saturday 6th September

06 Sep        Ruddy Shelduck            Pitsford Res – two in Scaldwell Bay this afternoon, also 9 Red-crested Pochards

06 Sep        Little Stint                         Clifford Hill GP – one still at 15.15, also 2 Little Ringed Plovers and 5 Dunlins

06 Sep        Little Stint                         Clifford Hill GP – one late morning, also 7 Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, 2 Whinchats, and 2 Northern Wheatears

06 Sep        Tree Pipit                          Harrington AF – one, also Whinchat and Common Redstart

06 Sep        Osprey                                Yardley Gobion – one along the canal from Navigation at 09.20 SP778447

06 Sep        Whinchat                          Clifford Hill GP – one on the fence/hedge one field along from the Premier Inn at 08.45, also 4 Dunlin, 2 Ring-necked Parakeets over north at 08.15 and 1-2 Northern Wheatears

Friday 5th September 

05 Sep        Garganey                           Summer Leys LNR – still on Brayshaw’s Bund late afternoon

05 Sep        Knot                                     Clifford Hill GP – one on the north shore of the main barrage lake late afternoon (still at 17.20), also Little Ringed Plover, three Dunlins, 5 Whinchats still on fence/hedge two fields along from the Premier Inn, also Common Redstart still

05 Sep       Mediterranean Gull      Daventry CP – a first-winter late afternoon,

05 Sep        Ruddy Shelduck            Pitsford Res – two in Scaldwell Bay this afternoon, also 9 Red-crested Pochards

05 Sep        Tree Pipit                          Harrington AF – one or two this morning, also Whinchat and Common Redstart

05 Sep        Whinchat                          Clifford Hill GP – five on fence/hedge two fields along from the Premier Inn late morning, also Common Redstart and Northern Wheatear

05 Sep        Tree Pipit                          Borough Hill -one this morning at 11.00, also Whinchat on compound fence

Thursday 4th September

04 Sep        Whinchat                         Harrington AF – two between first and second bunkers, also Common Redstart this afternoon

04 Sep        Garganey                           Summer Leys LNR – one on Brayshaw’s Bund at 16.30

04 Sep        Tree Pipit                          Borough Hill – four this morning (2 showing well on southern slope, 2 over), also Peregrine, Hobby and Common Redstart

Wednesday 3rd September

03 Sep        Spotted Redshank        Stanwick GP – one this evening, also juvenile Caspian Gull

03 Sep        Red-crested Pochard   Pitsford Res – at least 4 in Scaldwell Bay early afternoon

03 Sep        Whinchat                         Harrington AF – one by green gate entrance track, also Hobby and Curlew over and 2 Common Redstarts

Tuesday 2nd September 

02 Sep        Blackcap                           Stanford Res – 222 trapped and ringed today

02 Sep        Caspian Gull                   Stanwick GP – a juvenile this evening

02 Sep        Black Tern                       Pitsford Res – one north of the causeway at 16.40, also 8 Red-crested Pochards in Scaldwell Bay and 2 Common Redstarts

02 Sep       Mediterranean Gull      Daventry CP – an adult late afternoon, also juvenile Yellow-legged Gull

02 Sep        Whinchat                         Harrington AF – one by green gate entrance track, also Common Redstart 12.45

02 Sep        Black Tern                        Hollowell Res – two still late morning, also 2 Ruddy Shelducks, 2 Barnacle Geese, Hobby, 4 Little Ringed Plovers, Common Sandpiper, adult Yellow-legged Gull and Whinchat

02 Sep         Common Redstart        Brampton Valley – two: one at Spring Marsh, 100 m from Spratton crossing, one between Brixworth and Chapel Brampton at the junction with Merry Tom Lane

02 Sep         Tree Pipit                        Hanging Houghton – two over south at 07.30

Monday 1st September 2014

01 Sep        Black Tern                        Hollowell Res – two late PM

01 Sep        Red-crested Pochard   Pitsford Res – six in Scaldwell Bay this afternoon, also adult Yellow-legged Gull

01 Sep        Mediterranean Gull      Daventry CP – a moulting juvenile this afternoon, also 4 Green Sandpipers and 2 Common Sandpipers

01 Sep         Glossy Ibis                        Harrington AF – one south 11.00

01 Sep         Tree Pipit                          Brixworth  – one over early AM

Sunday 31st August

31 Aug        Mediterranean Gull      Pitsford Res – a juvenile between the dam and Moulton Grange Bay 11.50 to 11.55 then flew high south-east, also juvenile Ruff there

31 Aug        Tree Pipit                          Pitsford Res – one over this morning, also Osprey in Scaldwell Bay at 10.50, Hobby and adult Yellow-legged Gull

31 Aug       Common Redstart           Harrington Airfield – three this morning, also two Turtle Doves and Whinchat

Saturday 30th August 

30 Aug        Red-crested Pochard   Pitsford Res – one in Walgrave Bay mid-afternoon, also Hobby

30 Aug        Osprey                                Wakefield Lawn Lake – one over west this morning, also Greenshank and 2 Green Sandpipers over east

30 Aug        Common Redstart         Harrington AF – one in roadside bushes near the concrete track late morning, also 3 Whinchats

30 Aug        Ruddy Shelduck             Hollowell Res – two this morning, also 2 Garganeys, 4 Little Ringed Plovers and 4 Dunlins

30 Aug        Ring-necked Parakeet   Hardingstone – three in Brackmills Wood at 07.00 then flew toward Delapre Golf Course

Friday 29th August

29 Aug        Black Tern                         Pitsford Res – two by the dam late PM, also 2 Ruddy Shelducks still, Ruff and 20 Yellow Wagtails

29 Aug        Spotted Redshank          Hollowell Res – one this morning, also 2 Barnacle Geese, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 4 Dunlin and adult Yellow-legged Gull

Thursday 28th August

28 Aug        Black Tern                         Stanwick GP – one on the main lake this evening, also Ruff, 2 Greenshanks and Common Sandpiper

28 Aug        Marsh Harrier                  Summer Leys LNR – one again this afternoon, also Hobby

28 Aug        Osprey                                 Hollowell Res – one between 12.20 and 1240, also 2 Barnacle Geese, Garganey, Hobby, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 4 Dunlin and Common Sandpiper

28 Aug        Whinchat                            Bozeat GP – one this morning, also 3 Green Sandpipers and Northern Wheatear there (private site)

28 Aug        Ring-necked Parakeet   Stoke Bruerne – one south of the village, on wires alongside A508, early morning SP748492

Wednesday 27th August

27 Aug        Baltic Gull                         Stanwick GP – a possible adult this evening, also 2 juvenile Caspian Gulls, c30 Yellow-legged Gulls, Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper and Common Sandpiper

27 Aug        Ruddy Shelduck              Pitsford Res – two still near the dam, also juvenile Mediterranean Gull

Tuesday 26th August

26 Aug        Garganey                            Hollowell Res – one at 20.00

26 Aug        Little Stint                         Summer Leys LNR – two flew west from the scrape at 15.00 then no further sign, also Ruff over and Green Sandpiper still

26 Aug        Little Stint                         Summer Leys LNR – two on the scrape this morning, also 5 Ringed Plovers and a Green Sandpiper

Monday 25th August 

25 Aug        Arctic Tern                        Pitsford Res – juvenile near the dam late afternoon, also at least three Red-crested Pochards, Goldeneye and Common Sandpiper in Scaldwell Bay, juvenile Ruff and adult Yellow-legged Gull plus 2 Common Redstarts in a field hedge between Old and the reservoir boundary fence

25 Aug        Marsh Harrier                  Harrington AF – the ‘cream-crown’ again today, also two Turtle Doves and Common Redstart by the first bunker

25 Aug        Marsh Harrier                  Summer Leys LNR – a ‘cream-crown’ south over the scrape at midday

Sunday 24th August

24 Aug        Osprey                                  Hollowell Res – one nearby today, also present yesterday

24 Aug        Ring-necked Parakeet   Weston Mill – three between Riverside Retail Park and Northampton Boat Club this evening

24 Aug        Common Redstart           Pitsford Res – a first-year male trapped and ringed in Scaldwell Bay, also 1-2 Common Sandpipers, adult Yellow-legged Gull and 4 Yellow Wagtails

24 Aug        Common Redstart           Walgrave – one in a field between the village and Pitsford Res this afternoon

24 Aug        Red-crested Pochard     Pitsford Res – four still in Scaldwell Bay, also Hobby

24 Aug        Common Redstart           Hellidon – four this afternoon, also 2 Northern Wheatears

24 Aug        Common Redstart           Maidwell – a moulting male in hedge along footpath to Lamport, 250 m from Blueberry farm late morning

24 Aug        Common Redstart           Woodford Halse – a male in hedges around sheep field at 09.00 SP535521

24 Aug        Turnstone                           Clifford Hill GP – one again on the north shore of the main barrage lake at 08.45, also 2 Ruff and Common Sandpiper

24 Aug        Tree Pipit                           Harrington AF – one over south at 06.30, also Common Redstart by the first bunker and Northern Wheatear

Saturday 23rd August 

23 Aug        Tree Pipit                           Brampton Valley – one, also between Cottesbrooke and Hanging Houghton this afternoon, also 2 Common Redstarts and 2 Whinchats

23 Aug        Common Redstart           Duston – one on farmland late afternoon

23 Aug        Turnstone                           Clifford Hill GP – one on the north shore of the main barrage lake at 14.20 hand moved to the central peninsular by 14.45, also Dunlin and Greenshank

23 Aug        Goshawk                              Broughton – one flew toward Great Cransley at 11.30

23 Aug        Merlin                                   Harrington AF – adult male south at 09.15, also ‘cream-crown’ Marsh Harrier, a significant southward movement of Common Buzzards involving c.100 over in one hour between 09.00 and 10.00 plus Common Redstart on the airstrip between the chippings compound and the first bunker

23 Aug        Red-crested Pochard     Pitsford Res – three in Scaldwell Bay, also Hobby, 1-2 Common Sandpipers and adult Yellow-legged Gull

23 Aug        Tree Pipit                           Lamport – one over south-east this morning, also male Redstart plus 2 Crossbills in trees in Lamport Hall grounds

Friday 22nd August 

22 Aug        Red-crested Pochard     Pitsford Res – four in Scaldwell Bay, also 2 Common Sandpipers, adult Yellow-legged Gull and c.12 Yellow Wagtails

22 Aug        Osprey                                  Hollowell Res – one again this morning, also 2 Barnacle Geese, Ringed Plover, 4 Little Ringed Plovers and Greenshank

22 Aug        Common Redstart           Harrington AF – one on the old airstrip in bushes between the second and third bunkers this morning

Thursday 21st August 

21 Aug        Caspian Gull                      Stanwick GP – juvenile this evening

21 Aug        Osprey                                  Hollowell Res – one flew in from the north at 11.10, circled and headed back north at 11.15, also 2 Barnacle Geese, 5 Little Ringed Plovers, 3 Yellow Wagtails and Whinchat

Wednesday 19th August

20 Aug        Tree Pipit                           Maidwell – one at Blueberry Farm, also ‘cream-crown’ Marsh Harrier, 3 Redstarts (2 males) and 4 Whinchats (2 at the farm, 2 in field near Brampton Valley Way, below Hanging Houghton)

20 Aug        Tree Pipit                           Pitsford Res – one over early evening, also 4+ Red-crested Pochards still, Osprey, adult Yellow-legged Gull and Northern Wheatear on adjacent farmland west of Walgrave Bay

Tuesday 19th August

19 Aug        Common Redstart           Brackley – one on wasteland on north edge this evening, also Northern Wheatear there

19 Aug        Osprey                                  Stanford Res – one again this evening at 19.10

19 Aug        Caspian Gull                      Stanwick GP – three (2 juveniles and 3/4 year) with 51 Yellow-legged Gulls this evening

Monday 18th August 2014

18 Aug        Caspian Gull                      Stanwick GP – an adult with 27 Yellow-legged Gulls this evening, also Common Sandpiper

18 Aug        Goshawk                              Raunds – one over at 12.20

18 Aug        Osprey                                  Hollowell Res – one at the feeder stream end at 11.30 before flying north-east

18 Aug        Ruddy Shelduck               Pitsford Res – two still – in Pintail Bay -today, also 6 Red-crested Pochards, Hobby, c.6 Common Sandpipers, adult Yellow-legged Gull and 20 Yellow Wagtails

18 Aug        Tree Pipit                             Borough Hill – two this morning

Sunday 17th August

17 Aug        Turnstone                            Stanwick GP – a juvenile on the A45 Lay-by Pit until 09.45 when it flew north-east, also Common Sandpiper and 3 Yellow-legged Gulls

Saturday 16th August 

16 Aug        Osprey                                  Thrapston GP – one flew over Elinor Trout Lake toward Islip at 16.00

16 Aug        Ruddy Shelduck               Pitsford Res – two still today, also Osprey in Scaldwell Bay at 14.45, also 6 Red-crested Pochards (two drakes in Walgrave Bay, drake and 3 females in Scaldwell Bay), Goldeneye, Common Snipe, Curlew, Redshank, 3-6 Common Sandpipers, c.6 Yellow-legged Gulls (2 adults), and  juvenile Mediterranean Gull in the evening roost

16 Aug        Marsh Harrier                  Harrington AF – the ‘cream-crown’ still present this morning

Friday 15th August 

15 Aug       Mediterranean Gull       Pitsford Res – a juvenile off the yacht club this evening, also 4 adult Yellow-legged Gulls

15 Aug        Osprey                                 Hollowell Res – two at 13.45, also 2 Barnacle Geese, 3 juvenile Little Ringed Plovers, Whimbrel north at 14.o5, Greenshank, 5 Common Sandpipers and adult Yellow-legged Gull

15 Aug        Garganey                            Daventry CP – one still this morning, also 3 Green Sandpipers and Common Sandpiper

15 Aug        Tree Pipit                           Hanging Houghton – one over south at 06.45

Thursday 14th August

14 Aug        Caspian Gull                     Stanwick GP – a juvenile present, also 2 Ringed Plovers, Common Snipe, 2 Common Sandpipers and 18+ Yellow-legged Gulls

Wednesday 13th August

13 Aug        Ruddy Shelduck              Pitsford Res – two still, also Common Scoter  just north of Pintail Bay 2 juvenile Mediterranean Gulls and Common Sandpiper this evening

13 Aug        Marsh Harrier                  Ditchford GP – a juvenile flew west, also 10 Egyptian Geese, 3 Peregrines and Common Sandpiper

13 Aug        Marsh Harrier                  Summer Leys – a ‘cream-crown’ west over at 15.45

Tuesday 12th August

12 Aug        Whinchat                           Maidwell – two at Blueberry Farm, also Peregrine and Redstart

12 Aug        Ruddy Shelduck              Pitsford Res – two still south of the causeway this afternoon, also 2 Red-crested Pochards north of the causeway, Goldeneye, 2 Common Sandpipers and Green Sandpiper

12 Aug        Marsh Harrier                  Harrington AF – ‘cream-crown’  again this morning, also 2 Turtle Doves, 3 Common Redstarts (one around chippings compound, one around bunkers, one around bushes at far end of concrete track), Whinchat and Northern Wheatear

Monday 11th August

11 Aug        Common Scoter               Pitsford Res – a juvenile in Pintail Bay this evening, also Osprey by the yacht club and 3 juvenile Mediterranean Gulls plus 5 Yellow-legged Gulls in the gull roost

11 Aug        Ruddy Shelduck              Pitsford Res – two still by the dam at midday

11 Aug        Garganey                            Daventry CP – two still this morning, also 3 Green Sandpipers and Common Sandpiper

Sunday 10th August 

10 Aug        Ruddy Shelduck             Pitsford Res – two still by the yacht club this evening, also Goldeneye, two juvenile Mediterranean Gulls and Yellow-legged Gull

10 Aug        Common Redstart          Brampton Valley – one this morning

Saturday 9th August

09 Aug        Whinchat                           Maidwell – two in the southern fields of Blueberry Farm early evening

09 Aug        Common Redstart          Borough Hill – two on the western side

09 Aug        Common Redstart          Hellidon – one plus a Northern Wheatear

09 Aug        Common Redstart          Summer Leys LNR – one along the old railway track, also Peregrine and Greenshank there

09 Aug        Garganey                            Daventry CP – two still this morning, also 3 Green Sandpipers and 3 Common Sandpipers

Friday 8th August 

08 Aug       Mediterranean Gull       Pitsford Res – a juvenile off the yacht club this evening, also 2 drake Red-crested Pochards and Pintail in Walgrave Bay, Goldeneye and Snipe in Scaldwell Bay plus 5 adult Yellow-legged Gulls there

08 Aug        Red-necked Grebe          Pitsford Res – one north of the causeway, from Maytrees Hide, at 17.10

08 Aug        Caspian Gull                     Daventry CP – juvenile at 16.15

08 Aug        Garganey                            Daventry CP – two still this morning, also 3 Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers and juvenile Yellow-legged Gull

Thursday 7th August

07 Aug       Common Redstart          Hellidon – up to 8, including 2 adult males, this afternoon, also 2 Northern Wheatears

07 Aug       Mediterranean Gull      Clifford Hill GP – a juvenile on the northern shore of the main barrage lake early afternoon, also 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (adult and juvenile)

07 Aug       Pied Flycatcher               Harrington Airfield – one in the bushes by the ‘shooting wall’ along the main track at 07.45, also Marsh Harrier over, 2 Redstarts (one in same area plus second individual in bushes in grassy strip connecting main track to rough area with bunkers), 2 Turtle Doves and Grasshopper Warbler in scrub at far end of track on left hand side

07 Aug       Whinchat                           Harrington Airfield – one on the green gates at 07.00

Wednesday 6th August

06 Aug        Wood Sandpiper            Summer Leys LNR – one still this afternoon, also Peregrine over main lake at 14.35, Ruff and Common Sandpiper

06 Aug        Marsh Harrier                  Harrington AF – ‘cream-crown’  flew toward Lamport at 12.45

06 Aug        Wood Sandpiper            Summer Leys LNR – one on the scrape at 11.20, also ‘cream-crown’ Marsh Harrier over main lake at 10.30, Little Ringed Plover, Ruff, Greenshank and Common Sandpiper

06 Aug        Garganey                            Daventry CP – two still in Lovell’s Bay this morning, also 3 Green Sandpipers and juvenile Yellow-legged Gull

Tuesday 5th August

05 Aug        Mediterranean Gull       Kelmarsh – a juvenile in a ploughed field, also adult Yellow-legged Gull; nearby, Common Redstart and Whinchat near Blueberry Farm

05 Aug        Marsh Harrier                  Harrington AF – a ‘cream-crown’  again this morning, also 2 Turtle Doves, Grasshopper Warbler, Common Redstart, Northern Wheatear and Whinchat

05 Aug        Garganey                            Daventry CP – two still this morning, also 3 Green Sandpipers

Monday 4th August

04 Aug        Ruddy Shelduck             Pitsford Res – two still by the yacht club this evening, also juvenile Mediterranean Gull and 4 Yellow-legged Gulls (one juvenile)

04 Aug       Garganey                            Daventry CP – two still this evening, also 2 Green Sandpipers

04 Aug       Ring Ouzel                          Harrington Airfield – a juvenile early afternoon (no precise location details)

04 Aug       Red-crested Pochard     Pitsford Res – two drakes in Scaldwell Bay this morning, also adult  Yellow-legged Gull

04 Aug       Common Redstart           Maidwell – three at Blueberry Farm this morning, adjacent to the farm in the hedge by the footpath to Lamport, also two Grasshopper Warblers and two Whinchats in the field just north of the farm complex                     

Sunday 3rd August

03 Aug          Garganey                            Daventry CP – two this evening, also 2 Green Sandpipers

03 Aug          Ruddy Shelduck              Pitsford Res – two still by the yacht club early afternoon, also Goldeneye and adult Yellow-legged Gull in Scaldwell Bay

03 Aug           Marsh Harrier                 Brampton Valley – a ‘cream-crown’  between Cottesbrooke and Haselbech this morning and subsequently at nearby Harrington Airfield, where 2 adult male Redstarts and a Whinchat

Saturday 2nd August 

02 Aug          Ruddy Shelduck               Pitsford Res – two still by the yacht club this evening, also 2 juvenile Mediterranean Gulls and 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (one juvenile)

02 Aug           Marsh Harrier                  Maidwell – a ‘cream-crown’  over fields at Blueberry Farm looking toward Haselbech this evening, also Redstart there; nearby, 2-3 Redstarts and a Whinchat at Harrington Airfield

02 Aug           Whinchat                           Brampton Valley – two below Hanging Houghton this morning

02 Aug           Whimbrel                           Pitsford Res – three flew south over the causeway at 10.05, also adult Yellow-legged Gull by the yacht club

02 Aug           Marsh Harrier                  Harrington AF – a ‘cream-crown’  again this morning, also Grasshopper Warbler and juvenile Whinchat by 1st bunker

Friday 1st August 

01 Aug          Ruddy Shelduck               Pitsford Res – two still by the dam this evening, also Goldeneye, 2+ Common Sandpipers, 2 juvenile Mediterranean Gulls and 3 Yellow-legged Gulls

01 Aug          Spoonbill                             Wellingborough – one flew northeast along the River Ise Valley toward Finedon mid-afternoon

01 Aug           Common Redstart           Harrington AF – one still this morning, also 2 Turtle Doves, Whinchat, Northern Wheatear and 3 Crossbills; nearby, a Northern Wheatear in Brampton Valley between Cottesbrooke and Brixworth

01 Aug          Ruddy Shelduck               Pitsford Res – two still by the dam 11.45, also Osprey by yacht club then flew NW

Wednesday 30th July 

30 Jul          Caspian Gull                       Stanwick GP – one this evening, also Little Ringed Plover, 3 Green Sandpipers and c.50 Yellow-legged Gulls

30 Jul           Black-tailed Godwit      Clifford Hill GP – three on the central peninsular until 17.30 then flew west

30 Jul           Common Redstart           Chapel Brampton – one again along Church Brampton railway line betwen Merry Tom crossing and Pitsford sidings by trains this afternoon

30 Jul           Marsh Harrier                  Harrington AF – a ‘cream-crown’ this morning, also 2 Turtle Doves, 3 Common Redstarts, Whinchat, Grasshopper Warbler and 4 Crossbills

30 Jul           Red-crested Pochard    Pitsford Res – two this morning, also Curlew and adult Yellow-legged Gull

Tuesday 29th July

29 Jul          Turnstone                           Hollowell Res – one on the point this evening, also Osprey over north at 20.10

29 Jul          Caspian Gull                       Stanwick GP – third- or fourth-summer this evening, also Garganey, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpipers and 30+ Yellow-legged Gulls

29 Jul          Garganey                              Summer Leys LNR – one still this morning, also Ruff, Green Sandpiper and Common Sandpiper

Monday 28th July

28 Jul          Garganey                              Stanwick GP – eclipse drake this evening, also 41+ Yellow-legged Gulls

28 Jul          Wood Sandpiper              Hollowell Res – still this morning, also 2 Barnacle Geese, juvenile Peregrine, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, Ringed Plover, Dunlin and 4 Common Sandpipers

28 Jul          Osprey                                   Stanford Res – one fishing at midday

28 Jul           Common Redstart           Harrington AF – two still this morning, also Hobby and Grasshopper Warbler; nearby, Whinchat in Brampton Valley between Cottesbrooke and Brixworth

28 Jul          Ring-necked Parakeet    Northampton – two in Abington Park Wood this morning, also singing male Grasshopper Warbler

28 Jul          Garganey                              Summer Leys LNR – one this morning, also Black-tailed Godwit and Common Sandpiper

28 Jul          Mediterranean Gull         Daventry CP – a juvenile this morning until 08.15, also Dunlin, 3 Green Sandpipers and juvenile Yellow-legged Gull

28 Jul          Garganey                              Stanwick GP – one this morning, also 2 Little Ringed Plovers, Black-tailed Godwit and Common Sandpiper

Sunday 27th July

27 Jul           Common Redstart           Harrington AF – one this afternoon, also 2 Turtle Doves and Grasshopper Warbler

27 Jul          Ruddy Shelduck                Pitsford Res – two still by the dam this afternoon

27 Jul           Whinchat                            Brampton Valley – two between Hanging Houghton and Cottesbrooke this morning, also Common Redstart

27 Jul          Pied Flycatcher                 Yardley Chase – one in Denton Wood (no public access) this morning

27 Jul          Wood Sandpiper              Hollowell Res – still this morning, also 4 Little Ringed Plovers, Common Snipe, male Ruff, Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpipers and 5+ Yellow Wagtails

27 Jul          Black-tailed Godwit        Hollowell Res – one still at 08.30, also female Goldeneye still on adjacent Mary’s Lake

Saturday 26th July

26 Jul          Ruddy Shelduck                Pitsford Res – two still by the dam this evening, also juvenile Mediterranean Gull and 3 Yellow-legged Gulls

26 Jul          Osprey                                   Stanford Res – two fishing today, also a female Goldeneye and 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls

26 Jul           Common Redstart           Chapel Brampton – one along Church Brampton railway line betwen Merry Tom crossing and Pitsford sidings by trains this afternoon

26 Jul          Whinchat                             Harrington AF – one at 12.45, also 2 Redstarts, Turtle Dove and Grasshopper Warbler

26 Jul          Ring-necked Parakeet    Northampton – one flew over Norman Road at midday

26 Jul          Ruddy Shelduck                Pitsford Res – two (male and female) still by the dam at 11.30

26 Jul          Wood Sandpiper              Hollowell Res – still present, in Guilsborough Bay, at 10.30

26 Jul          Wood Sandpiper              Hollowell Res – still at the feeder stream end this morning, also Osprey fishing at 06.10, juvenile Mediterranean Gull, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper and 5 Common Sandpipers

Friday 25th July

25 Jul          Wood Sandpiper               Hollowell Res – still at the feeder stream end at 20.00

25 Jul          Mediterranean Gull         Pitsford Res – a juvenile by the yacht club this evening, also the two Ruddy Shelducks still and two Yellow-legged Gulls

25 Jul          Garganey                              Summer Leys LNR – one on the scrape this evening, also Little Ringed Plover, Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Green Sandpipers plus female Goldeneye on nearby Mary’s Lake

25 Jul          Common Redstart            Harrington AF – one again today, also Turtle Dove, Grasshopper Warbler and 2 Crossbills flew east

25 Jul          Osprey                                   Pitsford Res – one north of the causeway at 15.00

25 Jul          Wood Sandpiper               Hollowell Res – one at the feeder stream end late morning, also Osprey at midday, Marsh Harrier early afternoon plus 5 Little Ringed Plovers, Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper and 5 Common Sandpipers

25 Jul          Mediterranean Gull         Daventry CP – a juvenile this morning, also 2 Green Sandpipers, Common Sandpiper and first-summer Yellow-legged Gull

Thursday 24th July

24 Jul          Osprey                                   Stanford Res – one fishing today

24 Jul          Ring-necked Parakeet    Northampton – one calling from woodland by Abington Park Lake at 11.45

Wednesday 23rd July

23 Jul          Common Redstart            Harrington AF – two (adult male and juvenile) in bushes between the concrete track and the airstrip this morning

23 Jul          Ring-necked Parakeet    Denton – one in a private garden for its third day

Tuesday 22nd July 

22 Jul          Osprey                                   Pitsford Res – one this afternoon

22 Jul          Common Redstart            Harrington AF – one along the concrete track this morning, also 2 Turtle Doves, Grasshopper Warbler and Whinchat by the entrance gate

Monday 21st July

21 Jul          Ruddy Shelduck                Pitsford Res – two (male and female) still by the dam today

21 Jul          Garganey                              Stanwick GP – one this morning, also 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Green Sandpipers and 3 Common Sandpipers

Sunday 20th July

20 Jul          Common Redstart            Brampton Valley – two this evening, one between Cottesbrooke and Hanging Houghton and another near Haselbech Hill

20 Jul          Ruddy Shelduck                Pitsford Res – two (male and female) still by the dam this morning, also 3 Common Sandpipers and 2 Yellow-legged Gulls

Saturday 19th July

19 Jul         Red-crested Pochard       Pitsford Res – eclipse drake in Scaldwell Bay this afternoon

19 Jul          Wood Sandpiper               Summer Leys LNR – no sign late afternoon of the one reported earlier

19 Jul          Wood Sandpiper               Summer Leys LNR – one reported this afternoon

19 Jul          Ruddy Shelduck                Pitsford Res – two (male and female) still by the dam this morning, also Yellow-legged Gull

19 Jul          Black Redstart                   Long Buckby – one in gardens on northern edge of village at 08.30 but not since

Friday 18th July

18 Jul          Redstart                                Maidwell – two at Blueberry Farm late PM

18 Jul          Ruddy Shelduck                Pitsford Res – two (male and female) still by the dam at midday, also adult Yellow-legged Gull

18 Jul          Osprey                                   Hollowell Res – one, late morning, also Ringed Plover, 6 Little Ringed Plover, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, 6 Common Sandpipers and adult Yellow-legged Gull

Thursday 17th July

17 Jul          Garganey                              Stanwick GP – eclipse drake still this morning, also 6 Little Ringed Plovers, 4 Green Sandpipers and 3 Common Sandpipers there

Wednesday 16th July

16 Jul          Garganey                              Stanwick GP – eclipse drake still on A45 Lay-by Pit this afternoon but elusive

Tuesday 15th July

15 Jul         Glossy Ibis                           Stanford Res – one reported as arriving from north, circling the reservoir then heading south at 15.30

15 Jul         Whinchat                             Harrington AF – one this evening, also Common Redstart, 1-2 Turtle Doves and two Grasshopper Warblers

15 Jul         Ruddy Shelduck                Pitsford Res – two (male and female) still by the dam this afternoon, also 3 Yellow-legged Gulls there

15 Jul         Red-crested Pochard       Stanwick GP – two flew east this evening, also Garganey still, 10+ Common Sandpipers and 21 Yellow-legged Gulls there

15 Jul         Red-crested Pochard       Pitsford Res – three in Scaldwell Bay

15 Jul          Garganey                              Stanwick GP – one still this morning, also 9 Little Ringed Plovers, 6 Green Sandpipers and 16 Common Sandpipers there

Monday 14th July

14 Jul          Garganey                              Stanwick GP – one again this evening, also 27 Yellow-legged Gulls and albino Black-headed Gull there

14 Jul         Cackling Goose                  Daventry CP – one, minima-type hybrid, still with Canada Geese this morning

Sunday 13th July

13 Jul         Red-crested Pochard       Pitsford Res – female in Scaldwell Bay this evening

13 Jul          Garganey                              Stanwick GP – one again this evening, also 5 Little Ringed Plovers, 6 Green Sandpipers and 20+ Yellow-legged Gulls there

13 Jul         Osprey                                   Brixworth – one flew west over the sewage works at 12.45; at nearby Harrington AF, Redstart at the northern end of the main concrete track, plus Turtle Dove and Grasshopper Warbler there

13 Jul         Cackling Goose                  Daventry CP – one still with Canada Geese at the east end of the dam early afternoon

Saturday 12th July

12 Jul         Red-crested Pochard      Pitsford Res – one

12 Jul         Little Stint                           Summer Leys LNR – one reported on the scrape late afternoon

12 Jul         Ruddy Shelduck                Pitsford Res – two (male and female) still by the dam mid-afternoon

Friday 11th July

11 Jul          Whimbrel                             Summer Leys LNR – one on small island between Gull Island and Hawthon Island at 17.25, also Green and Common Sandpipers plus Red-crested Pochard on nearby Mary’s Lake

11 Jul          Garganey                              Stanwick GP – one still this morning, also 5 Green Sandpipers there

Thursday 10th July

10 Jul          Marsh Harrier                    Brampton Valley – a ‘cream-crown’ over fields below Hanging Houghton this morning, also Redstart there

10 Jul          Garganey                              Stanwick GP – eclipse drake this morning

10 Jul          Bar-tailed Godwit            Stanwick GP – one on the main lake at 06.50, also Black-tailed Godwit there

Wednesday 9th July

09 Jul         Black-tailed Godwit        Stanwick GP – one late evening, also 9 Little Ringed Plovers and 6 Green Sandpipers there

09 Jul         Spotted Redshank            Stanwick GP – three mid-afternoon but not subsequently

09 Jul         Garganey                              Stanwick GP – one on the A45 Lay-by Pit, also 5 Little Ringed Plovers, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Snipe, Greenshank, 4 Green Sandpipers  and 3 Common Sandpipers there

Tuesday 8th July

08 Jul         Spotted Redshank            Stanwick GP – two on main lake at 18.40, also 10 Black-tailed Godwits, 5 Redshanks and a Dunlin this evening

08 Jul         Ruddy Shelduck                Pitsford Res – two (male and female) still by the dam, near the valve tower, this morning at 11.40

08 Jul         Black Redstart                   Maidwell – male still at Blueberry Farm around the new barn constructions this morning

08 Jul         Black-tailed Godwit        Stanwick GP – one on the main lake this morning, also 6 Little Ringed Plovers, Common Snipe, 4 Green Sandpipers and 2 Common Sandpipers there

Monday 7th July

07 Jul         Garganey                              Stanwick GP – one on the main lake late evening

07 Jul         Black-tailed Godwit        Stanwick GP – one on the main lake this evening, also 8 Little Ringed Plovers, 4 Green Sandpipers, Common Sandpiper and 7 Yellow-legged Gulls there

07 Jul         Black-tailed Godwit        Summer Leys LNR – twenty-one on the scrape flew off at 17.00, one arrived there 17.20, also juvenile Little Ringed Plover, Common Snipe and Common Sandpiper there

07 Jul         Red-crested Pochard      Stanwick GP – two eclipse drakes on A45 Lay-by Pit this evening

07 Jul         Black-tailed Godwit        Summer Leys LNR – nineteen on the scrape at 16.25, also Common Snipe

07 Jul         Black-tailed Godwit        Stanwick GP – one from the elevated hide this morning, also 3 Little Ringed Plovers, Green Sandpiper and Common Sandpiper there

07 Jul         Black Redstart                   Maidwell – a male at Blueberry Farm around the new barn constructions this morning, also ‘cream-crown’ Marsh Harrier hunting fields, Osprey and 8 Crossbills over

Sunday 6th July

06 Jul         Ruddy Shelduck                Pitsford Res – two (male and female) still by the dam this morning

Saturday 5th July 

05 Jul         Whimbrel                            Summer Leys LNR – one on the scrape at 18.00, also 4 Black-tailed Godwits there

05 Jul         Garganey                              Stanwick GP – one still toward the eastern end of the main lake, also 8 Little Ringed Plovers, Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpipers and Yellow-legged Gull there

05 Jul         Ruddy Shelduck                Pitsford Res – two (male and female) still between the dam and Moulton Grange Bay at 16.30

Friday 4th July

04 Jul         Ruddy Shelduck                Pitsford Res – two (male and female) still by the dam at 14.30

Thursday 3rd July

03 Jul         Garganey                              Stanwick GP – one still this evening, also 8 Little Ringed Plovers, Common Snipe, Common Sandpiper and 7 Green Sandpipers there

03 Jul         Ruddy Shelduck                Pitsford Res – two (male and female) still by the dam, near the valve tower at 14.40

03 Jul         Crossbill                               Fermyn Wood CP – two, early afternoon

Tuesday 1st July

01 Jul         Ruddy Shelduck                Pitsford Res – two (male and female) still by the dam, near the valve tower this morning

01 Jul         Black-tailed Godwit        Stanwick GP – five from the elevated hide at 09.45, also two Green Sandpipers there

01 Jul         Black Redstart                   Corby – male reported near Rockingham Raceway

01 Jul         Garganey                              Stanwick GP – one this morning, also Little Ringed Plover and 5 Green Sandpipers there

Monday 30th June 

30 Jun       Black-tailed Godwit         Summer Leys LNR – three this evening, also 6 (4 juvs) Little Ringed Plovers and Green Sandpiper there

30 Jun       Ruddy Shelduck                Pitsford Res – two (male and female) still in the vicinity of the yacht club until at least 18.30

30 Jun       Crossbill                                Yardley Chase – one in Denton Wood

Sunday 29th June

29 Jun       Black-tailed Godwit         Pitsford Res – one near the picnic tables south of the causeway car park between 10.45 and 11.00, also Hobby over

29 Jun       Ruddy Shelduck                Pitsford Res – two near the eastern end of the dam this morning

29 Jun       Black-tailed Godwit         Summer Leys LNR – seven on the scrape at 09.40 had departed by 10.30, also 4 Little Ringed Plovers there

Friday 27th June

27 Jun       Garganey                              Stanwick GP – female still this evening, also 4 Little Ringed Plovers and 3 Green Sandpipers there

Thursday 26th June 

26 Jun       Sandwich Tern                  Stanwick GP – two on A45 Lay-by Pit at 07.05

26 Jun       Garganey                              Stanwick GP – female still this morning, also Common Snipe, Greenshank and 4 Green Sandpipers there

Wednesday 25th June

25 Jun       Garganey                              Stanwick GP – a female on the A45 Lay-by Pit this evening, also 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 4 Green Sandpipers and 3 Yellow-legged Gulls there

25 Jun       Spoonbill                              Wellingborough – one flew south at 15.40

25 Jun       Ruddy Shelduck                Pitsford Res – two from the western end of the dam late morning

Tuesday 24th June

24 Jun       Osprey                                   Duston – one high over at 14.50

Monday 23rd June

23 Jun       Ring-necked Parakeet    Northampton – one again on streetlight in Bewick Road 17.40

Sunday 22nd June

22 Jun       Black Tern                           Pitsford Res – one in Scaldwell Bay at 11.00

Saturday 21st June

21 Jun       Ring-necked Parakeet    Northampton – one again in Abington Park, by aviaries, early morning

Thursday 19th June

19 Jun       Ruff                                         Stanwick GP – breeding plumage male today, also 3 Green Sandpipers and 6 Yellow-legged Gulls there

Sunday 15th June

15 Jun       Ring-necked Parakeet    Northampton – one in Abington Park, by aviaries

Saturday 14th June

14 Jun       Osprey                                   Islip – one reported at 19.45

14 Jun       Osprey                                   Maidwell – one over Blueberry Farm this morning

Friday 13th June

13 Jun       Ring-necked Parakeet    Northampton –   one on top of street light on Bewick Road/Billing Road opposite Thorburn Road at 17.50

13 Jun       Ring-necked Parakeet    Northampton – one in Abington Park, by top lake

Tuesday 10th June

10 Jun       Great White Egret            Stanwick GP – one flew west early morning, also second-summer Yellow-legged Gull there

Monday 9th June

09 Jun       Corn Bunting                      Site withheld – singing male still present

Friday 6th June 

06 Jun       Osprey                                   Brixworth – one flew toward Pitsford Res at 14.50

Thursday 5th June 

05 Jun       Corn Bunting                      Site withheld – singing male present during the evening (the only one currently known of in Northamptonshire)

05 Jun       Marsh Harrier                    Daventry – one over mid-afternoon

05 Jun       Little Stint                           Summer Leys LNR – one on the scrape with 4 Little Ringed Plovers briefly at 10.00, also 3 Garganey (2 drakes) on Eddie’s Island before moving to the scrape at midday, also 2 Barnacle Geese still alongside nearby Hardwater Lake at 10.30

Wednesday 4th June 

04 Jun       Garganey                              Summer Leys LNR – drake on Eddie’s Island at 12.30, female Goldeneye still on adjacent Mary’s Lake and 2 Barnacle Geese still by Hardwater Mill

Tuesday 3rd June 

03 Jun       Garganey                              Summer Leys LNR – a drake on the scrape this morning was still present this evening, also 2 Barnacle Geese at adjacent Hardwater Mill

Monday 2nd June

02 Jun       Red-crested Pochard      Earls Barton GP – a pair on Mary’s Lake this evening

02 Jun       Marsh Harrier                    Harrington AF – a ‘cream crown’ again at 16.45

Sunday 1st June 

01 Jun        Osprey                                  Brixworth – one flew over at 12.15

01 Jun        Quail                                     Harrington AF – one singing briefly early morning only, also ‘cream-crown’ Marsh Harrier, 2 Turtle Doves and Grasshopper Warbler there

01 Jun        Whimbrel                           Hanging Houghton – one over very early morning

 Saturday 31st May

31 May       Red-necked Grebe          Earls Barton GP – still on Mary’s Lake at 14.35, on north-west side

31 May       Red-necked Grebe          Earls Barton GP – one on Mary’s Lake at 10.20

Thursday 29th May

29 May       Arctic Tern                        Boddington Res – one this evening

29 May       Spoonbill                           Summer Leys LNR – a second-summer briefly mid-afternoon

Tuesday 27th May

27 May       Arctic Tern                        Daventry CP – sixteen arrived at 08.25, still present 08.40

Monday 26th May

26 May       Osprey                                 Pitsford Res – one fishing north of the causeway late morning

Sunday 25th May

25 May       Marsh Harrier                  Harrington AF – a ‘cream crown’ over fields west of the bunkers at 07.45

Saturday 24th May

24 May       Quail                                    Boddington Res – male singing 16.45, audible from dam

24 May       Wood Sandpiper             Stanwick GP – one on the main lake late afternoon, also 2 Common Sandpipers

Friday 23rd May 

23 May       Osprey                                 Thrapston GP – one over Elinor Trout lake at 14.45

23 May       Caspian Gull                     Daventry CP – a first-summer this afternoon

Thursday 22nd May

22 May       Sanderling                         Clifford Hill GP – seven flew east from the new peninsular on the main barrage lake at 20.05

22 May       Sanderling                         Clifford Hill GP – six on the new peninsular on the main barrage lake at 18.45, also Common Sandpiper and 2 Redshanks there

22 May       Sanderling                         Stanwick GP – two on main lake late afternoon, also Dunlin and 3 Ringed Plovers

Wednesday 21st May 

21 May     Red-crested Pochard      Pitsford Res – a pair in Scaldwell Bay at 16.50

Tuesday 20th May

20 May     Black Tern                           Earls Barton GP – two on Mary’s Lake this afternoon, also escaped Ross’s Goose and female Goldeneye

20 May     Black Tern                           Daventry CP – one early afternoon

20 May     Red-crested Pochard      Earls Barton GP – a pair on Mary’s Lake this morning

Monday 19th May

19 May       Spoonbill                           Summer Leys LNR – still present on small submerged island behind Round Island at 18.40, visible from Pioneer Hide

19 May       Spoonbill                           Summer Leys LNR – one flew over Chestnut Corner and landed in the vicinity of Round Island at 17.15

19 May       Caspian Gull                    Stanwick GP – first-summer again early evening, also 2 Ringed Plovers, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper and 2 Yellow-legged Gulls there

19 May     Black-winged Stilt           Summer Leys LNR – no sign today but Whinchat and Whimbrel there

Sunday 18th May

18 May     Black-winged Stilt           Summer Leys LNR – two still on the scrape at 19.30, also Whimbrel there

18 May     Black-winged Stilt           Summer Leys LNR – two still on the scrape at 16.30

18 May     Whimbrel                            Little Irchester – one flew north at 15.40, also 4 Hobbies there

18 May     Black-winged Stilt           Summer Leys LNR – two still on the scrape at midday

18 May     Red-crested Pochard      Stanwick GP – two drakes flew south-west at 10.20

18 May     Whimbrel                            Summer Leys LNR – two still from screen hide at 08.30

18 May     Black-winged Stilt           Summer Leys LNR – two on the scrape at 07.30

Saturday 17th May

17 May     Whimbrel                            Summer Leys LNR – at least two still in front of the  screen hide at 16.30

17 May       Quail                                   Stanford Res – one again singing in an oilseed rape field audible from the path from feeder stream to first small bay on the Northants side at 11.40

17 May     Whimbrel                            Summer Leys LNR – three still in front of the  screen hide this morning

Friday 16th May

16 May       Wood Sandpiper            Summer Leys LNR – one on the scrape this morning (09.05), also  3 Whimbrels still from the screen hide

Thursday 15th May

15 May       Quail                                   Stanford Res – one singing in an oilseed rape field west side of inlet bay at 19.45, present from 9th May

15 May       Caspian Gull                    Stanwick GP – a first-summer this evening

15 May       Avocet                                 Summer Leys LNR – still in the wader bay at 18.00, also 5 Dunlins and 3 Whimbrels still from the screen hide there

15 May       Avocet                                 Summer Leys LNR – one on Brayshaw’s Bund at 10.00, also 5 Dunlins and 3 Whimbrels still there

Wednesday 14th May 

14 May     Whimbrel                            Summer Leys LNR – three still late morning (one on bund, 2 by screen hide) , also Hobby, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 6 Dunlins and Black-tailed Godwit there

Tuesday 13th May

13 May     Pink-footed Goose           Thrapston GP – still present today, also drake Goldeneye, Osprey over south, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, Dunlin and Redshank there

13 May     Osprey                                  Hanging Houghton – one over the Brampton Valley flew toward Haselbech, also Grasshopper Warbler at nearby Blueberry Farm late PM

13 May     Garganey                             Summer Leys LNR – drake still on Eddie’s Island early evening, also 3 Whimbrel still from screen hide

13 May     Garganey                             Summer Leys LNR – drake at northern end of Eddie’s Island late morning, also 3 Whimbrel by Chestnut Corner plus 2 Ringed Plovers, 4 Little Ringed Plovers and 10 Dunlins

13 May     Firecrest                               Wellingborough – male singing in a private garden mid-morning but not subsequently

Monday 12th May

12 May     Wood Warbler                  Cottesbrooke – no further sign of singing male at 13.40 this afternoon

12 May     Pink-footed Goose           Thrapston GP – still present today; 2 Egyptian Geese at nearby Stoke Doyle

12 May     Wood Warbler                  Cottesbrooke – male singing in village at 11.00 in trees on the opposite side of the road to the church plus Spotted Flycatcher by the stream bridge on the Brixworth road

12 May     Whimbrel                            Summer Leys LNR – three still this morning, also 17 Dunlins there

Sunday 11th May

11 May     Mediterranean Gull         Summer Leys LNR – a first-summer flew west over the scrape at midday, also 3 Whimbrel still by screen hide then flew off

11 May     Turnstone                            Summer Leys LNR – one still this morning, also Hobby, 11 Ringed Plovers, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 26 Dunlins, 3 Whimbrel at 11.00

11 May     Osprey                                    Pitsford Res – one fishing in Scaldwell Bay 10.40-11.05

11 May     White Stork                         Brixworth – no sign in field behind RayBell yard this morning, or anywhere else in the Brampton Valley

Saturday 10th May 

10 May     Turnstone                            Summer Leys LNR – one on Round Island at 17.30, also c.10 Ringed Plovers, 6 Dunlins and at least one Whimbrel

10 May     Whimbrel                            Summer Leys LNR – three still, on grass behind wader bay, also 14 Ringed Plovers and 11 Dunlins there mid-afternoon

10 May     White Stork                         Brixworth – relocated in field behind RayBell yard at 11.45

10 May     White Stork                         Maidwell – no further sign at Blueberry Farm but Osprey over plus Hobby, 2 Grasshopper Warblers, Whinchat and Northern Wheatear there

10 May     Turnstone                            Summer Leys LNR – one this morning, also 5 Ringed Plovers, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 11 Dunlins and 3 Whimbrel at 10.30

10 May     White Stork                         Maidwell – one flew over Blueberry Farm in the direction of Cottesbrooke at 09.30

Friday 9th May

09 May     Whimbrel                            Summer Leys LNR – at least one still around Brayshaw’s Bund at 16.30, also 5 Ringed Plovers, Greenshank and 13 Dunlins there

09 May     Whimbrel                            Summer Leys LNR – three still around Brayshaw’s Bund/Wader Bay late afternoon, viewable from old railway line

09 May     Arctic Tern                          Daventry CP – a first-summer early afternoon

Thursday 8th May

08 May     Whimbrel                            Summer Leys LNR – three still this morning, also in Ringed Plover, 6 Dunlins and Greenshank there

Wednesday 7th May

07 May     Whimbrel                            Summer Leys LNR – three in the wader bay at 19.00, also 7 Ringed Plovers, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 9 Dunlins, Curlew, Greenshank and Common Sandpiper there this evening

07 May     Arctic Tern                         Clifford Hill GP – one over at 16.00, also 4 Ringed Plovers, Little Ringed Plover and 5 Dunlins there

07 May     Mediterranean Gull        Daventry CP – a first-winter early afternoon, also Arctic Tern there

07 May     Quail                                      Brampton Valley – a male singing in a wheat field adjacent to the Brampton Valley Way at Draughton Crossing this morning, also Osprey flew toward Pitsford Res at 07.40, plus 2 Curlews over, Whinchat at Blueberry Farm and 2 Northern Wheatears on the bean fields

Tuesday 6th May

06 May     Pink-footed Goose             Thrapston GP – still this evening, also drake Goosander (Town Lake), Little Ringed Plover, Greenshank and Common Sandpiper there

06 May     Whinchat                            Clifford Hill GP – one still at the western end this evening, on the fence crossing the field behind the Premier Inn, also 4 Ringed Plovers, 2 Little Ringed Plovers and 3 Dunlins there

06 May     Ruddy Shelduck               Pitsford Res – one off the yacht club today plus Little Ringed Plover

06 May     Little Gull                            Summer Leys LNR – one from Pioneer Hide at 13.30, also Greenshank and Common Sandpiper there

06 May     Whinchat                             Clifford Hill GP – one at the western end this morning, on the fence crossing the field behind the Premier Inn, also 16 Ringed Plovers, Little Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlins and Northern Wheatear there

Monday 5th May 

05 May     Turnstone                              Clifford Hill GP – two this evening, also Egyptian Goose, 4 Little Ringed Plovers, 3 Ringed Plovers, 3 Dunlin and 4 Common Sandpipers there

05 May     Pink-footed Goose             Thrapston GP – one still today

05 May     Black Tern                            Pitsford Res – one reported today

05 May     Glossy Ibis                            Summer Leys LNR – one reported flying east at 13.56

05 May     Osprey                                   Stanwick GP – one near the Irthlingborough road bridge at midday

05 May     Dotterel                                 Hemington – a female in a pea field one mile east of the village on the Lutton road late morning TL106863

05 May     Little Gull                            Summer Leys LNR – first-summer still this morning, also Greenshank

05 May     Little Gull                            Stanwick GP – first-summer in NE corner of main lake this morning

05 May     Wood Sandpiper               Summer Leys LNR – one on the scrape this morning, also Grey Plover on The Slips, 8 Ringed Plovers and 2 Dunlin there

05 May     Iceland Gull                        Daventry CP – a second calendar year present from 08.00 to 08.35 when it flew west

Sunday 4th May

04 May     Quail                                      Harrington AF – male singing in crop field between chippings compound and first bunker at 09.00

04 May     Greenshank                         Summer Leys LNR – two on the scrape this morning

04 May     Little Gull                            Summer Leys LNR – first-summer still on scrape this morning (08.40)

04 May     Osprey                                   Maidwell – one over Blueberry Farm at 07.30, also Black Redstart and 2 Northern Wheatears there; Whinchat at nearby Harrington AF

Saturday 3rd May

03 May     Little Gull                            Summer Leys LNR – first-summer still on scrape at 18.00

03 May     Little Gull                            Summer Leys LNR – first-summer still on scrape this morning

Friday 2nd May

02 May     Arctic Tern                          Clifford Hill GP – four at 16.50, also 4 Little Ringed Plovers, 6 Dunlin and c.35 Common Terns there

02 May     Little Gull                            Summer Leys LNR – a first-summer at 15.15

02 May     Whinchat                             Sywell CP – one at the northern end

02 May     Arctic Tern                          Daventry CP – seven early afternoon, also Common Sandpiper there

02 May     Garganey                              Pitsford Res – a drake in Scaldwell Bay this morning

Thursday 1st May 

01 May     Osprey                                    Thrapston GP – one reported at Elinor Trout Lake this evening

01 May     Little Gull                              Summer Leys LNR – a second calendar year this afternoon, also Hobby, 5+ Little Ringed Plovers, 4 Dunlin and Common Sandpiper

01 May     Arctic Tern                           Clifford Hill GP – at least one with c.34 Common Terns this afternoon, also 10 Dunlins there

Wednesday 30th April 

30 Apr     Pink-footed Goose             Thrapston GP – one still

30 Apr     Little Gull                              Summer Leys LNR – three still early afternoon

30 Apr     Whinchat                               Harrington AF – one plus a Common Redstart around the second bunker this morning

Tuesday 29th April

29 Apr     Pink-footed Goose             Thrapston GP – one still in the vicinity of the wreck hide on Barclaycard Pit today

29 Apr     Bar-tailed Godwit              Clifford Hill GP – two on the main barrage lake peninsular late afternoon, also 3 first-summer Little Gulls

29 Apr     Little Gull                              Summer Leys LNR – three (two adults) this morning, also 2 Arctic Terns there

Monday 28th April

28 Apr     Little Gull                              Summer Leys LNR – two adults on the scrape this morning

28 Apr     Black Redstart                     Burton Latimer – male at Weetabix offices at 10.00 in area with no public access

Sunday 27th April

27 Apr     Spoonbill                                Clifford Hill GP – flushed by fishermen at 17.40 and mo further sign

27 Apr     Pink-footed Goose             Thrapston GP – one still in the vicinity of the wreck hide on Barclaycard Pit this afternoon

27 Apr     Spoonbill                                Clifford Hill GP – Summer Leys bird relocated and present still at 16.15

27 Apr     Spoonbill                                Summer Leys LNR – one arrived early afternoon and is in the vicinity of Brayshaw’s Bund 13.55

27 Apr     Whimbrel                               Brampton Valley – nine in bean fields below Hanging Houghton this morning only

27 Apr     Little Gull                              Summer Leys LNR – two (adult and second calendar year) on the scrape this morning until 10.40 then flew west, also 2 Little Ringed Plovers and 2 Dunlin there

27 Apr     Turnstone                              Clifford Hill GP – one on the central peninsular of the main barrage lake this morning at 09.45, also Little Ringed Plover, Dunlin, 2 Arctic Terns and 27 Common Terns there

Saturday 26th April

26 Apr     Arctic Tern                            Pitsford Res – three this evening one from causeway flew north and 2 off dam, also drake Scaup still from causeway

26 Apr     Black Tern                             Summer Leys LNR -one on the mainlake 08.40, also 2 Black-tailed Godwits still on the scrape and adult Little Gull on Gull Island; Egyptian Goose still at nearby Clifford Hill GP

Friday 25th April

25 Apr     Black-tailed Godwit          Summer Leys LNR – two on the scrape this evening at 19.35

25 Apr     Long-tailed Duck                Earls Barton GP – still on Mary’s Lake late afternoon, also Goldeneye and Little Gull still on adjacent Summer Leys LNR

25 Apr     Little Gull                               Summer Leys LNR – an adult on the scrape this morning

25 Apr    Common Redstart               Hanging Houghton  – a male on the edge of a copse in Brampton Valley this morning, also four Northern Wheatears

Thursday 24th April 

24 Apr     Common Scoter                   Thrapston GP – a female on Town Lake this evening

24 Apr     Scaup                                       Pitsford Res – drake just south of causeway at 17.00

24 Apr     Ring Ouzel                             Harrington AF – one still by the second bunker this afternoon

24 Apr     Egyptian Goose                    Clifford Hill GP – still on River Nene below weir at Weston Mill this morning

Wednesday 23rd April

23 Apr     Scaup                                       Pitsford Res – a drake in Holcot Bay (present since Saturday 19th April)

23 Apr     Common Redstart              Harrington AF – male in bushes by entrance gate at 06.00

Tuesday 22nd April 

22 Apr     Common Redstart              Clifford Hill GP – male singing in bushes at the west end of the main barrage lake, close to Lakeside pub, at 19.00

22 Apr     Ring Ouzel                             Harrington AF – one still by the third bunker this afternoon

22 Apr     White Wagtail                     Earls Barton GP – one plus a Northern Wheatear in pea/bean field between Hardwater Mill and Mill Lake early afternoon

22 Apr     Whimbrel                               Summer Leys LNR – one through this morning

22 Apr     Black Redstart                     Hanging Houghton – a male in the Brampton Valley below the village this morning at SP737734 also 6 Golden Plovers, 4 Northern Wheatears and 12 Yellow Wagtails there

22 Apr     Ring Ouzel                             Harrington AF – two males still, this morning by the second bunker at 07.15 then flew toward third bunker, also 2 Northern Wheatears

22 Apr     Long-tailed Duck                Earls Barton GP – still on Mary’s Lake this morning, also 2 Arctic Terns on adjacent Summer Leys LNR main lake 09.15

Monday 21st April 

21 Apr     Black Tern                             Daventry CP – three this evening, also Little Gull there at 18.40

21 Apr     Ring Ouzel                            Harrington AF – a male still this afternoon, also 4 Northern Wheatears

21 Apr     Egyptian Goose                    Clifford Hill GP – one on River Nene below weir at Weston Mill this morning

21 Apr     Red-crested Pochard        Thorpe Malsor Res – a female this morning

21 Apr     Firecrest                                Pitsford Res – one in a larch tree by the James Fisher Hide at 10.10

21 Apr     Pink-footed Goose             Thrapston GP – one still at the northern end of Barclaycard Pit with Grey Lags

21 Apr     Ring Ouzel                            Harrington AF – two males by the first bunker this morning

21 Apr     Turnstone                             Summer Leys LNR – still on Eddie’s Island this morning, also Long-tailed Duck still on adjacent Mary’s Lake plus Garden Warbler

Sunday 20th April

20 Apr     Turnstone                             Summer Leys LNR – still on Eddie’s Island this evening at 18.00, also 2-3 Arctic Terns and Long-tailed Duck still on adjacent Mary’s Lake

20 Apr     Arctic Tern                            Daventry CP – twenty-four this evening at 17.30

20 Apr     Bar-tailed Godwit              Ditchford GP – six still on Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows Reserve at 15.40

20 Apr     ‘Channel’ Wagtail               Clifford Hill GP – one with two Yellow Wagtails at the eastern end of the main barrage lake 14.45, also several Arctic Terns through

20 Apr     Ring-necked Parakeet      Stoke Bruerne – one flew over the Navigation pub at 13.00

20 Apr     Bar-tailed Godwit              Ditchford GP – six still on Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows Reserve at 12.40, viewable from Lime Street in Irthlingborough

20 Apr     Long-tailed Duck                Earls Barton GP – still on Mary’s Lake this morning, also 10 Yellow Wagtails on adjacent Summer Leys LNR

20 Apr     Bar-tailed Godwit              Ditchford GP – six on Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows Reserve at 09.45, viewable from A6 road bridge

20 Apr     Turnstone                             Summer Leys LNR – one on Eddie’s Island this morning at 08.25

20 Apr     Arctic Tern                           Daventry CP – four this morning at 07.45

Saturday 19th April 

19 Apr     Black-necked Grebe          Pitsford Res – three still between Walgrave and Holcot Bays and visible from causeway at 17.35

19 Apr     Ring Ouzel                             Harrington AF – one flew between the second and third bunkers at 16.45

19 Apr     Black-necked Grebe          Pitsford Res – three (summer plumage) near Lagoon Hide, swimming toward Holcot Bay and visible from causeway at 13.45

19 Apr     Osprey                                     Cottesbrooke – one over this morning

19 Apr     Ring Ouzel                             Harrington AF – up to three still this morning, one between first and second bunkers and 1-2 in roadside bushes near entrance track, also several Northern Wheatears there

Friday 18th April 

18 Apr     Ring Ouzel                             Moulton – a male in a field off Spectacle Lane this evening

18 Apr     Common Redstart              Hellidon – two males this afternoon, also 2 Northern Wheatears and 6 Bramblings there

18 Apr     Whinchat                               Borough Hill – male still on southern slope at 12.30

18 Apr     Ring Ouzel                             Harrington AF – one still this morning, also 7 Northern Wheatears and a Yellow Wagtail there

18 Apr     Long-tailed Duck                Earls Barton GP – still on Mary’s Lake this morning, also female Goldeneye there

18 Apr     Black-tailed Godwit          Summer Leys LNR – one late morning, also Peregrine there

18 Apr     Pink-footed Goose             Thrapston GP – one still from wrecked hide on west side of Barclaycard Pit this morning, also Black-tailed Godwit over northeast at 10.35

18 Apr     Common Redstart              Clifford Hill GP – a male at the western end, visible from the Lakeside pub in the hedge alongside Hardingstone Dyke at 08.50, also 2 Little Ringed Polvers and 4 Dunlin there

Thursday 17th April 

17 Apr     Stone Curlew                        Harrington AF – no sign early evening but 2 Ring Ouzels by the 3rd bunker.                                                                                                    PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO OPEN ACCESS TO THIS SITE TOMORROW MORNING. VISITING OBSERVERS MUST REMAIN ON THE CONCRETE TRACK OR VIEW ONLY FROM THE PERIMETER ROADS. BIRDERS ARE REQUESTED IN FUTURE NOT TO BLOCK ACCESS TO THE CHIPPINGS COMPOUND. THIS MORNING A TRANSPORT VEHICLE WAS UNABLE TO ENTER AS A RESULT OF CARS PARKED DIRECTLY OPPOSITE THE GATE.

17 Apr     Ring Ouzel                             Borough Hill – female on western slope at 12.55

17 Apr     Whinchat                               Borough Hill – male on southern slope plus Northern Wheatear

17 Apr     Stone Curlew                        Harrington AF – still present at 12.10 but mobile

17 Apr     Stone Curlew                        Harrington AF – still present at 10.30 but mobile, also 2 Ring Ouzels still

17 Apr     Little Gull                              Daventry CP – four (2 adults, first-summer and second-summer) and Curlew through this morning

17 Apr     Stone Curlew                        Harrington AF – one by the second bunker this morning

Wednesday 16th April

16 Apr     Ring Ouzel                             Harrington AF – a male still at 16.30 by the first bunker, also 2 Northern Wheatears there

16 Apr     Ring Ouzel                             Harrington AF – a male still this morning by the first bunker, also 2 Northern Wheatears there

Tuesday 15th April

15 Apr     Goshawk                                 Woodford Halse – a male flew toward Eydon at 17.30

15 Apr     Ring Ouzel                             Maidwell – a male in a horse paddock at Blueberry Farm this afternoon, also 2 male Common Redstarts and 4 Northern Wheatears there

15 Apr     Common Redstart              Hellidon – a first-summert male this afternoon, also male Greenland Wheatear

15 Apr     Ring Ouzel                             Harrington AF – two/three this morning, a male by the first bunker at 10.00 and a male plus probable female in the hedge along the road between the chippings’ compound and the main gate at 10.30, also 2 Northern Wheatears by the second bunker and Yellow Wagtail there

Monday 14th April

14 Apr     Ring Ouzel                             Harrington AF – a male this evening around the 1st and 2nd bunkers plus 4 Wheatears

14 Apr     Common Redstart              Hellidon – an adult male this afternoon

14 Apr     Long-tailed Duck                Earls Barton GP – still on Mary’s Lake this morning, also 2 Arctic Terns over north-east

14 Apr     Ring Ouzel                             Harrington AF – a female in roadside bushes near the concrete track entrance, also 4 Bramblings on seed by the entrance and 6+ Wheatears by 2nd and 3rd bunkers

14 Apr     Common Redstart              Crick – a male at Foxholes Fisheries (private site) at 09.00

Sunday 13th April

13 Apr     Pink-footed Goose             Thrapston GP – one still from wrecked hide on west side of Barclaycard Pit early afternoon 13.30, also 2 Reed Warblers and Yellow Wagtail there

13 Apr     Long-tailed Duck                Earls Barton GP – still on Mary’s Lake this morning, also Lesser Whitethroat on nearby Summer Leys LNR

Saturday 12th April

12 Apr     Pink-footed Goose             Thrapston GP – one (or Bean Goose) from wrecked hide early afternoon

12 Apr     White Wagtail                     Clifford Hill GP – two late morning, also 5 Dunlin, Curlew, 3 Northern Wheatears but no sign of Common Redstart

12 Apr     Tree Pipit                               Borough Hill – one over this morning, also singing male Common Redstart on south-east side, 2 Northern Wheatears and Yellow Wagtail over

12 Apr     Common Redstart              Clifford Hill GP – a male at the western end, in the hedge behind the council offices at 08.35, also Dunlin, Northern Wheatear and White Wagtail there

Friday 11th April

11 Apr     Common Redstart              Hellidon – first-summer male this afternoon at 16.00

11 Apr     Long-tailed Duck                Earls Barton GP – still on Mary’s Lake this morning, also Curlew still on nearby Summer Leys LNR

11 Apr     Woodlark                               Daventry CP – one flew west this morning at 08.30

Thursday 10th April

10 Apr     Ruddy Shelduck                  Rockingham – two females reported to west of village on south bank of River Welland from bridge between Cottingham and Great Easton mid-afternoon

10 Apr     Ring Ouzel                             Old Sulehay – a male reported in a field to the west this morning

10 Apr     Great White Egret              Stanwick GP – two reported flying east early morning

Wednesday 9th April

09 Apr      Sandwich Tern                   Boddington Res – one present all day and still by the jetty this evening

Tuesday 8th April 

08 Apr      Red-necked Grebe             Pitsford Res – still off the dam this evening, also Green Sandpiper and Common Sandpiper there

08 Apr      Long-tailed Duck               Earls Barton GP – still on Mary’s Lake this evening, also Common Scoter still at 18.30 plus 2 Little Ringed Plovers and Curlew on adjacent Summer Leys LNR

08 Apr      Little Gull                              Stanwick GP – two on the main lake

08 Apr      Common Scoter                  Daventry CP – three still present at 15.00

08 Apr      Long-tailed Duck               Earls Barton GP – still on Mary’s Lake this morning

08 Apr      Common Scoter                  Daventry CP – three still present at late morning

08 Apr      White Wagtail                    Stanwick GP – one still this morning, also 2 Goosanders and escaped, colour-ringed Marbled Duck

Monday 7th April 

07 Apr      Little Gull                             Daventry CP – four (3 adults and a first-winter) this evening at 19.30, also 3 Common Scoters still

07 Apr      White Wagtail                    Clifford Hill GP – one this evening, also 10 Golden Plovers, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin and 2 Northern Wheatears there

07 Apr      Red-necked Grebe             Pitsford Res – still off the dam at midday

07 Apr      White Wagtail                    Braunston – one this morning at 11.30

07 Apr      Common Scoter                  Earls Barton GP – one still on Mary’s Lake at 10.15, also Long-tailed Duck still

07 Apr      Common Scoter                  Daventry CP – three still present at 10.00, also Goosander still

Sunday 6th April

06 Apr      Bittern                                    Northampton – one flew into the reed bed at Pineham near roundabout at new Dragonfly Meadow development site this evening

06 Apr      Glaucous Gull                     Clifford Hill GP – a second-winter on the peninsular in the main barrage lake at 13.45 until 14.20 when flew west, also Peregrine over east

06 Apr      Common Scoter                  Earls Barton GP – one on Mary’s Lake at 12.05, also Long-tailed Duck still, Curlew and Peregrine

06 Apr      Osprey                                    Harpole – two flew north-east at midday

06 Apr      Great White Egret             Ditchford GP – one west of the viaduct late morning, also Water Pipit

06 Apr      Common Scoter                  Daventry CP – three still present at 10.00

06 Apr      Great White Egret             Stanwick GP – one at 08.15, also 2 Goosanders, Little Ringed Plover, Curlew and colour-ringed, escaped Marbled Duck still

06 Apr      Common Scoter                  Daventry CP – three still present at 07.30

Saturday 5th April

05 Apr      Arctic Tern                          Stanwick GP – one flew south-west this evening

05 Apr      White Wagtail                    Stanwick GP – one on the main lake this afternoon, also 3 Little Ringed Plovers

05 Apr      Long-tailed Duck               Thrapston GP – one still on Aldwinckle Lake at 14.50, also Goosander and 3 Common Terns there

05 Apr      Common Scoter                  Daventry CP – three still present at 13.10

05 Apr      Red-necked Grebe             Pitsford Res – still off the dam this morning, also Great Northern Diver and Green Sandpiper there

05 Apr      Great White Egret              Summer Leys – one still this morning at 10.35, also Jack Snipe, plus Long-tailed Duck still on nearby Mary’s Lake

05 Apr      Common Scoter                  Daventry CP – three still present at 10.20

05 Apr      Snow Bunting                       Daventry CP – one flew toward Borough Hill at 07.50 – considered to be a different individual to the one there on 3rd April – also 4 Bramblings east at 08.35

05 Apr      Common Scoter                  Daventry CP – three still present at 07.05

Friday 4th April 

04 Apr      Osprey                                     Brampton Valley – one flew toward Hanging Houghton at 17.20

04 Apr      Common Scoter                   Stanwick GP – two drakes still on the main lake at 17.10

04 Apr      Great White Egret              Summer Leys – one still this afternoon at 16.30, also Curlew and White Wagtail (on field by Chestnut Corner) and Long-tailed Duck still on nearby Mary’s Lake

04 Apr      Common Scoter                  Daventry CP – three still present at 16.30

04 Apr      Red-necked Grebe             Pitsford Res – still off the dam this morning

04 Apr      Common Scoter                  Daventry CP – three still present at 10.00

04 Apr      Ring Ouzel                             Daventry CP – a male by the dam overflow at 08.05, also 3 Common Scoters (2 drakes) there and Grey Plover and Yellow Wagtail over but no sign of the Snow Bunting today

04 Apr      Common Scoter                   Stanwick GP – two drakes on the main lake this morning

Thursday 3rd April

03 Apr      Snow Bunting                       Daventry CP – still showing well below the bench at the eastern end of the dam at 16.20

03 Apr      Osprey                                     Northampton – one flew low over the town centre at 12.30

03 Apr      Snow Bunting                       Daventry CP – still showing well by brambles at water’s edge on dam at 12.50

03 Apr      Red-necked Grebe             Pitsford Res – still by the dam at 11.45

03 Apr      Snow Bunting                       Daventry CP – one showing well by water’s edge on bend in dam at 11.35, also adult Little Gull and Goosander there

Wednesday 2nd April

02 Apr      Hen Harrier                          Summer Leys LNR – one flew east at 12.15, also Great White Egret, drake Pintail and Curlew there

02 Apr      Red-necked Grebe             Pitsford Res – still north of the dam this morning

Tuesday 1st April

01 Apr       Arctic Tern                          Pitsford Res – one

01 Apr       Little Gull                            Summer Leys LNR – one

01 Apr       Black-tailed Godwit        Ditchford GP – one on Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows

01 Apr      Osprey                                    Great Billing – one flew east along the River Nene valley at 16.50

01 Apr      Red-necked Grebe             Pitsford Res – still with Great Northern Diver north of the dam

01 Apr       Blue-winged Teal               Stanwick GP – a drake on the A45 Lay-by Pit briefly mid-morning then flew north and no further sign, also Sandwich Tern through

01 Apr       Great White Egret             Summer Leys LNR – one this morning, also Curlew there plus Long-tailed Duck on adjacent Mary’s Lake

Monday 31st March

31 Mar       Caspian Gull                       Stanwick GP – a second-winter/third-summer this evening, also 2 Little Ringed Plovers, adult Yellow-legged Gull and Willow Warbler

31 Mar       Little Gull                            Summer Leys LNR – at least 13 on the main lake this afternoon

31 Mar       Little Ringed Plover        Clifford Hill GP – one today, also Black-tailed Godwit, which then flew east

31 Mar       Sandwich Tern                   Daventry CP – one early afternoon, also Common Tern and 9 Little Gulls

31 Mar       Great White Egret             Summer Leys LNR – one this morning, also Curlew, Swallow and Willow Warbler there plus Long-tailed Duck on adjacent Mary’s Lake

31 Mar       Little Gull                             Pitsford Res – six in Pintail Bay, also Red-necked Grebe still of the dam, Great Northern Diver and adult Mediterranen Gull there

Sunday 30th March

30 Mar       Great White Egret             Earls Barton GP – three late afternoon, also Bittern there

30 Mar       Red-necked Grebe             Pitsford Res – still in Pintail Bay with Great Northern Diver this evening, also adult Mediterranean Gull in roost and flocks of 2, 8 amd 7 Crossbills flew south-west there this morning

30 Mar       Great White Egret             Summer Leys LNR – one on Brayshaw’s Bund at 15.30, also Curlew there

Saturday 29th March

29 Mar       Bar-tailed Godwit              Summer Leys LNR – one on island in main lake before flying toward Brayshaw’s Bund mid-afternoon

Friday 28th March

28 Mar       Long-tailed Duck               Earls Barton GP – still on Mary’s Lake this afternoon

Thursday 27th March

27 Mar       Red-necked Grebe             Pitsford Res – still off the dam at late afternoon, also Great Northern Diver still present

Wednesday 26th March

26 Mar       Great Northern Diver      Pitsford Res – still north of the dam today

26 Mar       Red-necked Grebe             Pitsford Res – still off the dam at 12.20, also Osprey over

Tuesday 25th March

25 Mar       Kittiwake                               Boddington Res – an adult in the gull roost before flying north-east at 17.45, also 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls and a first-winter Yellow-legged Gull there

25 Mar       Red-necked Grebe             Pitsford Res – still off the dam at 16.30

Monday 24th March

24 Mar       Mediterranean Gull          Boddington Res – an adult in the gull roost again this evening, also 14 Bramblings at nearby Hellidon

24 Mar       Red-necked Grebe             Pitsford Res – still off the dam at 16.50

24 Mar       Marsh Harrier                     Summer Leys LNR – one over at 15.10, also Great White Egret still, Curlew and Long-tailed Duck still on adjacent Mary’s Lake

24 Mar       Red-necked Grebe             Pitsford Res – still off the dam at midday

24 Mar       Great Northern Diver       Pitsford Res – still this morning

24 Mar       Ring Ouzel                             Brampton Valley – a male between Hanging Houghton and Cottesbrooke this morning, also 2 Northern Wheatears there

24 Mar       Hen Harrier                          Stanwick GP – a ‘ringtail’ flew west mid-morning, also 2cy Mediterranean Gull on the main lake

Sunday 23rd March 

23 Mar       Long-tailed Duck               Earls Barton GP – still on Mary’s Lake this afternoon, also Bittern again from Summer Leys’ Paul Britten Hide at 15.10 and Curlew there

23 Mar       Bittern                                    Summer Leys LNR – one in reeds to the right of Pioneer Hide 12.40

23 Mar       Egyptian Goose                   Thrapston GP – two on Town Lake

23 Mar       Red-necked Grebe             Pitsford Res – still off the dam at 09.00

23 Mar       Black Redstart                    Wollaston – a female in Holyoake Road early morning, before flying into a private garden

Saturday 22nd March

22 Mar       Great White Egret             Stanwick GP – one on the easternmost pit late morning, also 2cy Mediterranean Gull on islands in A45 Lay-by Pit

22 Mar       Red-necked Grebe             Pitsford Res – still off the dam at 09.00

22 Mar       Red-necked Grebe             Pitsford Res – still off the yacht club at 06.50

Friday 21st March

21 Mar       Mediterranean Gull          Boddington Res – an adult in the gull roost this evening (different individual to previous day), also adult hybrid Mediterranean x Black-headed Gull

21 Mar       Red-necked Grebe             Pitsford Res – still by the dam, showing well at 17.00, also the Great Northern Diver between the holly tree and Catwalk Bay

21 Mar       Crossbill                                Kelmarsh – eight today

21 Mar       Red-necked Grebe             Pitsford Res – still by the dam, showing well between the valve tower and overflow, at 14.35

21 Mar       Red-necked Grebe             Pitsford Res – still by the dam, to the west of the valve tower, at 09.30

21 Mar       Osprey                                    Ditchford GP – one flew over Broadholme STW at 07.30

Thursday 20th March

20 Mar       Mediterranean Gull          Boddington Res – an adult in the gull roost

20 Mar       Red-necked Grebe             Pitsford Res – still by the dam at 15.30, also Great Northern Diver still

20 Mar       Long-tailed Duck               Earls Barton GP – still on Mary’s Lake this morning

20 Mar       Red-necked Grebe             Pitsford Res – still by the dam, between the valve tower and Moulton Grange Bay, at 10.45

20 Mar       Garganey                               Daventry CP -four (2 drakes) this morning at 10.20; Northern Wheatear on nearby Borough Hill

20 Mar       Red-necked Grebe             Pitsford Res – back by the dam, between the valve tower and Moulton Grange Bay, at 08.30

Wednesday 19th March

19 Mar       Great Northern Diver       Pitsford Res – still present this evening, at the mouth of Pintail Bay, but no further sign of the Red-necked Grebe

19 Mar       Smew                                        Stanwick GP – a pair on the main lake this afternoon, also 7 Goosanders and the escaped, red-ringed Marbled Duck

19 Mar       Curlew                                      Thrapston GP – one on Titchmarsh LNR plus 4 Goosanders

19 Mar       Red-necked Grebe               Pitsford Res – one by the dam at 16.00

19 Mar       Smew                                        Stanwick GP – ‘redhead’ still at west end of A45 Lay-by Pit this morning

Tuesday 18th March

18 Mar       Northern Wheatear           Hanging Houghton – two below the village in the Brampton Valley, also 200 Golden Plovers and Yellow Wagtail there; Northern Wheatear and 16 Brambling at nearby Harrington AF

18 Mar       Smew                                        Stanwick GP – a pair today, also the escaped, red-ringed Marbled Duck

18 Mar       Wood Duck                            Northampton – presumed escaped female still on the River Nene behind Morrisons, also female Goosander there

18 Mar       Great White Egret              Summer Leys LNR – one still today, also the Long-tailed Duck still on adjacent Mary’s Lake

Monday 17th March

17 Mar      Caspian Gull                          Stanwick GP – second-winter again this afternoon, also red colour-ringed Marbled Duck still plus drake Smew and 9 Goosanders

17 Mar       Red-crested Pochard        Stortons GP – four (two pairs) at the eastern end of the main lake today

17 Mar       Ring Ouzel                             Harrington AF – male by the first bunker along the airstrip from the chippings compound  this morning

17 Mar       Smew                                        Stanwick GP – ‘redhead’ on the A45 lay-by Pit this morning

17 Mar       Great White Egret              Summer Leys LNR – one still today, also the Long-tailed Duck still on adjacent Mary’s Lake

Sunday 16th March

16 Mar       Water Pipit                           Ditchford GP – still present today also, west of Ditchford Lane, drake Scaup still plus 2 Egyptian Geese, 2 Great White Egrets and 2 Peregrines

16 Mar       Great Northern Diver       Pitsford Res – still present today

16 Mar       Long-tailed Duck               Thrapston GP – still on Town Lake today

16 Mar       Kittiwake                               Pitsford Res – a first-winter flew north over the causeway at 16.15, landing with gulls near Holcot Bay

16 Mar       Great White Egret              Summer Leys LNR – one still today plus 2 Dunlin, also the Long-tailed Duck still on adjacent Mary’s Lake

16 Mar       Smew                                        Stanwick GP – ‘redhead’ on the A45 lay-by Pit this morning

16 Mar       Bearded Tit                           Stortons GP – two still in the reedbed, by bench next to noticeboard on south-east side this morning, also 2 Sand Martins over Sixfields Lake

Saturday 15th March

15 Mar       Osprey                                      Northampton – one over Brackmills at 15.10, flying toward Clifford Hill GP

15 Mar       Great Northern Diver        Pitsford Res – still present, in mouth of Pintail Bay this PM, also adult Mediterranean Gull there

15 Mar       Smew                                        Stanwick GP – drake on the main lake this morning

15 Mar       Great White Egret              Summer Leys LNR – one still this morning, also the Long-tailed Duck still on adjacent Mary’s Lake

15 Mar       Yellow Wagtail                    Middleton Cheney – two this morning at 07.00

Friday 14th March 

14 Mar       Bearded Tit                           Stortons GP – two still in the reedbed this morning, on the south side, also Jack Snipe

Thursday 13th March

13 Mar       Merlin                                     Boddington Res – a male through at 17.45, also 9 Bramblings at nearby Hellidon

13 Mar       Eastern Lesser Whitethroat Northampton – no sign in a private garden today

13 Mar       Red-crested Pochard        Ditchford GP – a pair on this afternoon on 2nd pit on right, west along old railway track from A6 bridge

Wednesday 12th March

12 Mar       Smew                                        Stanwick GP – drake this afternoon, also 9 Goosanders and 8 Pintail there

12 Mar       Bearded Tit                           Summer Leys LNR – male still this afternoon, showing well intermittently in reeds from Paul Britten Hide until 16.15

12 Mar        Marbled Duck                      Stanwick GP – colour-ringed escapee still present on main lake from double-decker hide at 13.45

12 Mar        Caspian Gull                        Rushton Landfill – a thirdwinter between 13.00 and 13.30

12 Mar       Bearded Tit                           Summer Leys LNR – male again in reeds east of Pioneer Hide at 13.00

12 Mar        Eastern Lesser Whitethroat Northampton – one in a private garden again today until early afternoon

12 Mar       Great White Egret              Summer Leys LNR – one still this morning

12 Mar       Bearded Tit                           Stortons GP – two still in the reedbed this morning, by the cut east of the bench on the south side, also Jack Snipe and 3 Chiffchaffs there at 09.30

12 Mar       Ring-necked Parakeet      Stoke Bruerne – one in Mill Lane early morning

Tuesday 11th March

11 Mar        Osprey                                      Pitsford Res – one near the dam at 14.45, also Great Northern Diver still and Green Sandpiper there

11 Mar        Eastern Lesser Whitethroat Northampton – one in a private garden again today (last seen on 22nd January)

11 Mar        Long-tailed Duck                 Earls Barton GP – still this afternoon

11 Mar        Caspian Gull                          Stanwick GP – a second-winter again on main lake this afternoon, also 12 Redshank and escaped, colour-ringed Marbled Duck

11 Mar        Glaucous Gull                       Clifford Hill GP – a second-winter on the central peninsular between 16.20 and 16.26 then flew east, also 4 Goosanders, 3 Dunlin, 2 Oystercatchers, and Redshank there

11 Mar        Red-breasted Merganser  Stanford Res – still present today, also 4 Goosanders

11 Mar       Mealy Redpoll                       Northampton – one still visiting feeders in an East Hunsbury garden at 14.45

11 Mar      Great White Egret                Summer Leys LNR – one still this afternoon

11 Mar       Mealy Redpoll                       Northampton – one on feeders in an East Hunsbury garden briefly at 11.25 and intermittently until 12.00

Monday 10th March

10 Mar       Crossbill                                  Salcey Forest – approximately 6 along Swan’s Way today

10 Mar       Mediterranean Gull           Boddington Res – adult in the gull roost this evening, also Jack Snipe there

10 Mar      Caspian Gull                           Stanwick GP – a second-winter this afternoon, also Peregrine and escaped, colour-ringed Marbled Duck

10 Mar      Sand Martin                            Stanwick GP – one this morning, also 4 Goosander, 6 Goldeneye, 4 Oystercatchers, 2 Redshanks and 3 Chiffchaffs there

10 Mar      Great White Egret                Summer Leys LNR – two still from Pioneer Hide, also Long-tailed Duck still on adjacent Mary’s lake this afternoon

10 Mar       Bearded Tit                           Stortons GP – two still in the reedbed this morning at 07.45

10 Mar       Bearded Tit                           Summer Leys LNR – a male still in reeds near Pioneer Hide this morning

Sunday 9th March

09 Mar        Mediterranean Gull          Pitsford Res – two adults in the gull roost this evening

09 Mar       Ring-necked Parakeet      Polebrook – one in a private garden again from 17.00

09 Mar       Yellow Wagtail                   Northampton – one flew north over Grange Park mid-PM

09 Mar       Long-tailed Duck               Thrapston GP – still on Town Lake this afternoon, also drake Scaup but no sign of Firecrests

09 Mar       Siberian Chiffchaff             Northampton – no sign of ‘possible’ in a private garden today

09 Mar       Osprey                                     Daventry CP – one flew north at 10.20, also 9 Goosanders and a second-winter Yellow-legged Gull there

09 Mar       Great Northern Diver        Pitsford Res – still present this morning

09 Mar       Bearded Tit                           Summer Leys LNR – a male mobile around the scrape this morning, still in reeds near Pioneer Hide at midday, also 2 Great White Egrets on scrape and Long-tailed Duck still on adjacent Mary’s lake

09 Mar       Bearded Tit                           Stortons GP – two in the reedbed this morning at 08.30

Saturday 8th March

08 Mar       Siberian Chiffchaff             Northampton – a ‘possible’ in a private garden today

08 Mar       Ring-necked Parakeet      Stoke Bruerne – six still in Mill Lane late PM

08 Mar       Ring-necked Parakeet      Polebrook – one in a private garden today

08 Mar        Smew                                        Ravensthorpe Res – drake still present

08 Mar        Siberian Chiffchaff            Northampton – a possible in a private garden this afternoon

08 Mar        Glaucous Gull                      Ditchford GP – adult on viaduct pit early afternoon

08 Mar        Long-tailed Duck                Summer Leys – one on the main lake at midday

08 Mar        Mediterranean Gull          Daventry CP – a first-winter this morning, also second-winter Yellow-legged Gull

08 Mar        Great White Egret              Summer Leys – two still this morning

08 Mar       Ring-necked Parakeet      Stoke Bruerne – six at 08.30 this morning

Friday 7th March

07 Mar        Glaucous Gull                      Stanwick GP – juvenile on A45 Lay-by Pit ate afternoon, also 2 Smew on main lake and escaped Marbled Duck still

07 Mar        Red-breasted Merganser  Stanford Res – again present off the hide at 12.30

07 Mar        Smew                                        Ravensthorpe Res – two (drake and ‘redhead’) still today; Jack Snipe and adult Yellow-legged Gull at nearby Hollowell Res

Thursday 6th March

06 Mar        Great Northern Diver        Pitsford Res – still present today, also Scaup, 4 Smew and Great White Egret still

06 Mar        Smew                                        Stanwick GP – a pair still today, also 15 Redshank

Wednesday 5th March

05 Mar        Great Northern Diver        Pitsford Res – still present this afternoon, in the mouth of Pintail Bay, also 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls in the roost

05 Mar        Great White Egret              Summer Leys – one still late morning, also Long-tailed Duck still on adjacent Mary’s Lake

05 Mar        Smew                                        Ravensthorpe Res – two (drake and ‘redhead) at 11.20

05 Mar        Rock Pipit                              Clifford Hill GP – one flew south along the main barrage lake at 09.35, also 2 ‘redhead’ Smew on Deep Water Lake and 8 Goosanders there

Tuesday 4th March

04 Mar        Great White Egret              Summer Leys – one still early afternoon, also Long-tailed Duck still on adjacent Mary’s Lake

04 Mar        Marbled Duck                       Stanwick GP – still early afternoon

Monday 3rd March

03 Mar        Great White Egret              Summer Leys – two on the scrape at 15.00

03 Mar        Great White Egret              Summer Leys – one on the scrape this afternoon, also Long-tailed Duck still on adjacent Mary’s Lake

03 Mar        Firecrest                                 Thrapston GP – one still in brambles by the footbridge over the River Nene at the southern end of Willowbrook Fishing Lake this afternoon at 13.00 SP998800

03 Mar        Mealy Redpoll                      Northampton – one at Grange Park CP approx SP769547 with 13 Lesser Redpolls at midday before flying toward Quinton

Sunday 2nd March

02 Mar        Great White Egret              Summer Leys – three at 15.30

02 Mar        Mediterranean Gull          Fawsley Park – an adult with 200+ Common Gulls on the sheep field by the main lake at 09.30

02 Mar        Great White Egret              Summer Leys – two still this morning, also Long-tailed Duck still on adjacent Mary’s Lake and c.300 Golden Plovers over

Saturday 1st March

01 Mar        Firecrest                                 Thrapston GP – two still in brambles by the footbridge over the River Nene at the southern end of Willowbrook Fishing Lake this afternoon SP998800, also Long-tailed Duck and drake Scaup still on Town Lake

01 Mar        Glaucous Gull                      Pitsford Res – a juvenile from the holly tree this afternoon, also the Great Northern Diver still

01 Mar        Caspian Gull                         Stanford Res – an adult this afternoon, also 2 Goosander but no sign of the Red-breasted Merganser

01 Mar        Smew                                        Ravensthorpe Res – two drakes on the small side this afternoon

01 Mar        Great White Egret               Summer Leys – two again this morning, also Long-tailed Duck still on adjacent Mary’s Lake

01 Mar        Scaup                                        Ditchford GP – drake still west of Ditchford Lane this morning, also 2 Egyptian Geese, ‘redhead’ Smew and Peregrine there

01 Mar        Smew                                        Stanwick GP – drake on the pit north-east of the reedbed

Friday 28th February

28 Feb        Glaucous Gull                       Stanwick GP – a juvenile came in to the pre-roost at 17.20, also 8 Pintail and 2 Smew (one drake)

Thursday 27th February

27 Feb        Glaucous Gull                       Rushton Landfill – juvenile between 12.20 and 13.20 (not Glaucous x Herring Gull as previously reported)

27 Feb        Great White Egret               Ditchford GP – two west of Ditchford Lane late afternoon, also 2 Egyptian Geese, Peregrine and Chiffchaff there

27 Feb        Caspian Gull                          Rushton Landfill – a third-winter early afternoon, also juvenile Glaucous x Herring Gull between 12.20 and 13.20

27 Feb        Glaucous Gull                       Ditchford GP – juvenile on Viaduct Pit early afternoon, also drake Scaup, Smew and Great White Egret there

27 Feb        Kittiwake                                 Daventry CP – adult in Lovell’s Bat at 12.30 then flew south

27 Feb        Red-breasted Merganser  Stanford Res – still present this morning

Wednesday 26th February 

26 Feb        Fulmar                                     Ravensthorpe Res – still by the island at 17.45, also 6 Smew (3 drakes)

26 Feb        Marbled Duck                        Stanwick GP – still this afternoon, also 8 Pintail, drake Smew and Great White Egret flew west

26 Feb        Mediterranean Gull            Stanwick GP – an adult on the main lake late afternoon

26 Feb        Fulmar                                     Ravensthorpe Res – still by the island at 14.15, also 5 Smew

26 Feb        Fulmar                                     Ravensthorpe Res – one by the island at 13.30

Tuesday 25th February 

25 Feb        Glaucous Gull                       Pitsford Res – juvenile in the gull roost this evening; Merlin, Green Sandpiper and 20 Bramblings at nearby Harrington AF

25 Feb        Mediterranean Gull           Boddington Res – adult in the gull roost this evening (‘new’ bird, ringed and with almost full summer hood)

25 Feb        Great White Egret               Pitsford Res – one still in Moulton Grange Bay plus 5 Goosanders and the drake Scaup again by the Holly Tree

25 Feb        Great Grey Shrike               Lowick – showing well again at 13.00,  on brambles by the pylon in the second field on right along the footpath east into Oxen/Green Side Wood, then flew up field and into hedge carrying small rodent; access via A6116 along footpath almost opposite Lowick turn SP978813

Monday 24th February

24 Feb        Marbled Duck                       Stanwick GP – one of unknown origin still on the main lake this afternoon, also 9 Pintail and 11 Redshank there

24 Feb        Great Northern Diver        Pitsford Res – still off the holly tree, also Ross’s Goose, Bar-headed Goose, 9 Goosanders, adult male Peregrine, Oystercatcher, 67 Common Snipe, Jack Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 2 Chiffchaffs, 6 Bramblings, and 20 Siskins there

24 Feb        Firecrest                                 Thrapston GP – two still in brambles by the footbridge over the River Nene at the southern end of Willowbrook Fishing Lake at 15.20 SP998800

24 Feb        Great White Egret               Pitsford Res – one still in Moulton Grange Bay plus 8 Goosanders and the drake Scaup again by the Holly Tree

24 Feb        Firecrest                                 Thrapston GP – at least one still in brambles by the footbridge over the River Nene at the southern end of Willowbrook Fishing Lake this morning SP998800

24 Feb        Marbled Duck                       Stanwick GP – one of unknown origin still on the main lake, on west side but elusive around scrubby islands mid-morning

Sunday 23rd February 

23 Feb        Firecrest                                 Thrapston GP – two still in brambles by the footbridge over the River Nene at the southern end of Willowbrook Fishing Lake at 14.05 SP998800, also Long-tailed Duck and drake Scaup on Town Lake

23 Feb        Great White Egret               Pitsford Res – one still in Moulton Grange Bay and the drake Scaup again by the Holly Tree

23 Feb        Firecrest                                 Thrapston GP – two still in brambles by the footbridge over the River Nene at the southern end of Willowbrook Fishing Lake at 11.40 SP998800

23 Feb        Merlin                                      Harrington AF – a female this morning, also 12+ Bramblings there

23 Feb        Marbled Duck                       Stanwick GP – one of unknown origin still on the main lake, on west side but elusive behind islands this morning at 10.30, also 2 Black-tailed Godwits briefly on A45 Lay-by Pit at 09.00

23 Feb        Great White Egret               Summer Leys LNR – one on the reserve at 09.00 but not seen subsequently

Saturday 22nd February

22 Feb        Great White Egret               Summer Leys LNR – one on the reserve and another flew through at 17.00, also Redshank, 2 Oystercatchers and a Black-tailed Godwit there with the Long-tailed Duck still on adjacent Mary’s Lake

22 Feb        Great White Egret              Ditchford GP – two west of Ditchford Lane today, also Scaup still, 2 Smew plus Red-crested Pochard off Wharf Road

22 Feb        Great Grey Shrike               Lowick – has reappeared today, showing well at midday along hedge around second field on right of path east into Oxen/Green Side Wood; access via A6116 along footpath almost opposite Lowick turn still at 15.40 SP978813

22 Feb        Firecrest                                 Thrapston GP – two in brambles by the footbridge over the River Nene by Elinor Trout Lake at 15.30 SP998800

22 Feb        Caspian Gull                         Wellingborough – two (first-winter and second-winter) on flooded field by River Ise south of Sidegate Landfill early afternoon

22 Feb        Great Grey Shrike              Lowick – has reappeared today, showing well at midday along hedge around second field on right of path east into Oxen/Green Side Wood; access via A6116 along footpath almost opposite Lowick turn.

22 Feb        Red-breasted Merganser  Stanford Res – still present, close to the dam, also 7 Goosanders; 2 Jack Snipe at nearby Hollowell Res

22 Feb        Smew                                        Ravensthorpe Res – sic (three drakes) still this morning

22 Feb        Long-tailed Duck                Thrapston GP – still on Town Lake late morning, also 9 Pintail on Barclaycard Pit

22 Feb        Bewick’s Swan                      Byfield – at least 37 flew north at 08.30

Friday 21st February

21 Feb        Mediterranean Gull           Boddington Res – first-winter in the gull roost again this evening

21 Feb        Firecrest                                 Thrapston GP – unconfirmed report of one on far western side of Titchmarsh LNR, by the River Nene today

21 Feb        Marbled Duck                       Stanwick GP – one of unknown origin still on the main lake, in north-west corner  but elusive behind islands this afternoon

21 Feb        Long-tailed Duck                Earls Barton GP – one still on Mary’s Lake this afternoon; Great White Egret near wader bay on adjacent Summer Leys main lake

21 Feb        Smew                                        Ravensthorpe Res – five (three drakes) still this morning

21 Feb        Scaup                                       Ditchford GP – drake still today, also 2 Smew (one drake) and adult female Peregrine

21 Feb        ‘Nordic’ Jackdaw                 Hanging Houghton – one ‘showing characteristics’ this morning

21 Feb        Red-breasted Merganser  Stanford Res – still present, with Goosanders, approximately 400 m from feeder stream this morning

Thursday 20th February

20 Feb        Great Northern Diver        Pitsford Res – still present off the dam; at nearby Harrington Airfield, a female Merlin this afternoon

20 Feb        Great White Egret               Pitsford Res – one still in Moulton Grange Bay at 15.15

20 Feb        Marbled Duck                       Stanwick GP – one of unknown origin still on the main lake with Goosander, also 500 Golden Plovers, Dunlin and 14 Redshank there

20 Feb        Long-tailed Duck                Thrapston GP – still on Town Lake at 15.00

20 Feb        Smew                                        Ravensthorpe Res – five (three drakes) this morning

Wednesday 19th February

19 Feb        Mediterranean Gull           Boddington Res – adult and first-winter in the gull roost again this evening (adult later departing), also 20 Goosanders

19 Feb        Marbled Duck                        Stanwick GP – one of unknown origin around the islands at the western end of the main lake at 15.30

19 Feb        Smew                                        Ravensthorpe Res – six (four drakes) this morning

19 Feb        Glaucous Gull                      Wellingborough – an adult again on the flooded field by the River Ise between Sidegate Landfill and Wellingborough this morning

Tuesday 18th February 

18 Feb        Mediterranean Gull           Boddington Res – a first-winter in the gull roost again this evening

18 Feb        Great White Egret               Pitsford Res – one flew into the back of Moulton Grange Bay at 13.30

18 Feb        Red-breasted Merganser  Stanford Res – still present, with 6 Goosanders, at midday

18 Feb        Little Gull                              Irthlingborough – one flew north with 12 Kittiwakes at 08.00

Monday 17th February

17 Feb        Mediterranean Gull           Boddington Res – two (adult and first-winter) in the gull roost again this evening

17 Feb        Merlin                                      Wellingborough – a male near the River Ise between Sidegate Landfill and Wellingborough this afternoon

17 Feb        Caspian Gull                         Stanwick GP – a second-winter this afternoon, also 3 Pintail, 13 Goosanders, 5 Oystercatchers and 14 Redshank there

17 Feb        Glaucous Gull                      Wellingborough – an adult again on the flooded field by the River Ise between Sidegate Landfill and Wellingborough mid-afternoon, also 3 Caspian Gulls (2 first-winters and a second-winter)

17 Feb        Long-tailed Duck                Earls Barton GP – one again on Mary’s Lake this afternoon

17 Feb        Great Northern Diver        Pitsford Res – still present off the holly tree this afternoon

17 Feb        Great White Egret               Summer Leys LNR – one viewable from the feeding station hide this afternoon, also drake Pintail on Gull Island

17 Feb        Caspian Gull                         Wellingborough – a first-winter on the flooded field by the Rive Ise between Sidegate Landfill and Wellingborough early afternoon

17 Feb        Mealy Redpoll                       Daventry CP – at least one still in alders by the boardwalk this morning

17 Feb        Red-breasted Merganser  Stanford Res – still in the small bay near the feeder stream at 09.15

Sunday 16th February

16 Feb        Little Gull                              Boddington Res – an adult in the gull roost this evening, also two first-winter Mediterranean Gulls

16 Feb        Glaucous Gull                      Wellingborough – an adult again on the flooded field by the River Ise between Sidegate Landfill and Wellingborough mid-afternoon

16 Feb        Great Northern Diver        Pitsford Res – still present, south of the causeway this afternoon, also 4 Smew (2 drakes)

16 Feb        Red-crested Pochard        Summer Leys – a drake this afternoon, also drake Smew still on adjacent Mary’s Lake

16 Feb        Great White Egret               Summer Leys LNR – two on the reserve but mobile, also drake Smew still on adjacent Mary’s Lake

16 Feb        Scaup                                       Thrapston GP – drake on Town Lake at 12.40, also Red-crested Pochard and Pintail on Barclaycard Pit

16 Feb        Long-tailed Duck                Thrapston GP – one still on Town Lake at 12.30

16 Feb        Red-crested Pochard        Ditchford GP – a drake this morning on pit behind Broadholme SWT

16 Feb        Red-breasted Merganser  Stanford Res – still with 3 Goosanders near the feeder stream at 10.30, also Green Sandpiper there

Saturday 15th February

15 Feb        Mealy Redpoll                       Daventry CP – two feeding with Siskins and Lesser Redpolls in alders close to the main car park this morning

15 Feb        Great White Egret               Pitsford Res – one flew south over the causeway at 16.30

15 Feb        Great White Egret               Earls Barton GP – one on Pete Wild’s Lake at 14.30, also 2 drake Pintail on lake between Mary’s Lake and the River Nene

15 Feb        Red-breasted Merganser  Stanford Res – the ‘redhead’ still with 4 Goosanders near the feeder stream at 14.00, also adult Yellow-legged Gull there

Friday 14th February

14 Feb        Great Northern Diver        Pitsford Res – still present, in Yacht Bay this afternoon, also adult Mediterranean Gull there

Thursday 13th February

13 Feb        Long-tailed Duck                Thrapston GP – one still on Town Lake at 14.30

13 Feb        Great White Egret               Pitsford Res – at least one in, and around, Moulton Grange Bay/the dam this morning but no sign of the Great Northern Diver

13 Feb        Smew                                         Ravensthorpe Res – five (three drakes) at 11.00, also, at nearby Hollowell Res, 3 Goosanders, Jack Snipe and Brambling

Wednesday 12th February

12 Feb        Smew                                         Sywell CP – two (one drake) at midday

12 Feb        Red-breasted Merganser  Stanford Res – the ‘redhead’ with 2 Goosanders in the small bay on the southern side near the feeder stream inlet at 09.45

Tuesday 11th February

11 Feb        Mediterranean Gull           Boddington Res – two (adult and first-winter) in the gull roost again this evening

11 Feb        Great White Egret               Pitsford Res – one in Moulton Grange Bay, the Great Northern Diver still by the dam, also 4 Pintail, ‘redhead’ Smew and an adult Mediterranean Gull briefly at 15.30

11 Feb        Mealy Redpoll                       Daventry CP – one in alders with 8 Lesser Redpolls and c.60 Siskins on the footpath, approximately 50-100 m from  main car park at 14.00

Monday 10th February

10 Feb        Kittiwake                                Stanford Res – an adult at the feeder-stream end 16.30

10 Feb        Kittiwake                                Boddington Res – an adult at 16.20, also 2 Mediterranean Gulls (adult and first-winter) again in the roost

10 Feb        Great White Egret               Pitsford Res – one still north of the causeway and the Great Northern Diver still by the dam

10 Feb        Long-tailed Duck                Clifford Hill GP – one at the western end of the Main Barrage Lake this morning (09.00)

Sunday 9th February

09 Feb        Mediterranean Gull           Daventry CP – a second-winter at 16.30

09 Feb        Great White Egret               Pitsford Res – one flew over the causeway mid-PM

09 Feb        Great Northern Diver        Pitsford Res – still present, opposite the holly tree, close to Pintail Bay, at 13.15, also 5 Smew (2 drakes)

09 Feb        Smew                                        Earls Barton GP – drake still on Mary’s Lake late morning, also Peregrine and 300+ Golden Plovers on adjacent Summer Leys LNR main lake but no sign of Long-tailed Duck or any Great White Egrets

09 Feb        Great Northern Diver        Pitsford Res – still present, opposite the holly tree, close to Pintail Bay, at 09.00, also drake Scaup and ‘redhead’ Smew

Saturday 8th February

08 Feb        Mediterranean Gull           Pitsford Res – adult in the gull roost this evening, also Merlin over fields east of Moulton Grange Bay this afternoon

08 Feb        Mediterranean Gull           Boddington Res – two (adult and first-winter) in the gull roost again this evening,

08 Feb        Great White Egret               Earls Barton GP – two on Pete Wild’s Lake at 13.45

08 Feb        Red-breasted Merganser  Stanford Res – a ‘redhead’ with 13 Goosanders between dam and raft at 12.45, also Jack Snipe there

08 Feb        Glaucous Gull                      Wellingborough – an adult on the flooded field by the Rive Ise between Sidegate Landfill and Wellingborough at 12.15

08 Feb        Great Northern Diver        Pitsford Res – still present, near the dam, this morning, also Great White Egret in Moulton Grange Bay, 8 Smew, 3 Goosander, drake Scaup, 2 Red-crested Pochards, Merlin and Jack Snipe there

08 Feb        Smew                                        Ravensthorpe Res – a drake on the small side at 08.30, also Peregrine there; Jack Snipe at nearby Hollowell Res

Friday 7th February 

07 Feb        Mediterranean Gull           Boddington Res – two (adult and first-winter) in the gull roost again this evening, also 16 Goosanders there and a male Merlin over fields north of nearby Badby at 16.03

07 Feb        Long-tailed Duck                Earls Barton GP – one still on Mary’s Lake this afternoon, also drake Smew

07 Feb        Great Northern Diver         Pitsford Res – still by the holly tree

07 Feb        Mealy Redpoll                       Daventry CP – one, approximately 100 m from scout hut towards main car park, this morning

Thursday 6th February

06 Feb        Great White Egret               Summer Leys LNR -two still on the main lake late morning, also Long-tailed Duck still on adjacent Mary’s Lake and 20 Pintail over

Wednesday 5th February

05 Feb        Great White Egret               Summer Leys LNR -two from screen hide today

05 Feb        Mealy Redpoll                       Daventry CP – two still with Lesser Redpolls in alders by the grit trap at 12.30, at least one still at 15.15

05 Feb        Great White Egret               Pitsford Res -one still in Moulton Grange Bay

Tuesday 4th February 

04 Feb        Great White Egret               Pitsford Res – one still present in Moulton Grange Bay, also drake Scaup by the holly tree and 3 Smew (one drake) there

04 Feb        Mealy Redpoll                       Daventry CP – one in alders west of the car park this morning at 10.10

Monday 3rd February

03 Feb        Mediterranean Gull           Boddington Res – two (adult and first-winter) in the gull roost this evening

03 Feb        Great Northern Diver        Pitsford Res – still present, by the holly tree, this afternoon, also drake Scaup and 3 Smew (one drake) there and Chiffchaff north of the causeway

03 Feb        Glaucous Gull                      Wellingborough – an adult on the flooded field by the Rive Ise between Sidegate Landfill and Wellingborough at 14.30

04 Feb        Mealy Redpoll                       Daventry CP – two with c.25 Lesser Redpolls, in mature alders by the grit trap at the souther end of the reservoir between 12.30 and 14.00

Sunday 2nd February

02 Feb        Long-tailed Duck                Earls Barton GP – one still on Mary’s Lake this afternoon, also Great White Egret on pit near Little Irchester this morning – SP900654 from the Irchester to Wollaston road, also drake Smew

02 Feb        Smew                                        Clifford Hill GP – the ‘redhead’ still on deep water lake this morning, also escaped Ross’s Goose still

Saturday 1st February 

01 Feb        Wood Duck                            Northampton – female, presumed escape, still on the River Nene between B&Q and Carlsberg this afternoon

01 Feb        Glaucous Gull                      Wellingborough – juvenile over late afternoon

01 Feb        Great Northern Diver        Pitsford Res – still present, near Yacht Bay, at noon, also Great White Egret near Moulton Grange Bay and 2 Smew (one drake)

01 Feb        Long-tailed Duck                Earls Barton GP – one still on Mary’s Lake this afternoon, also drake Smew

Friday 31st January

31 Jan        Wood Duck                           Northampton – female, presumed escape, on the River Nene between B&Q and Carlsberg still at 11.00

31 Jan        Great Northern Diver        Pitsford Res – still off the holly tree this morning, also drake Scaup in vicinity, Great White Egret in Moulton Grange Bay and 4 mobile Smew (2 drakes)

Thursday 30th January

30 Jan        Wood Duck                           Northampton – female, presumed escape, on the River Nene under the footbridge behind Morrisons at 17.15

30 Jan        Glaucous Gull                      Stanwick GP – juvenile came into the pre-roost late PM, also Great White Egret flew west mid-afternoon, 9 Goosanders, 3 Caspian Gulls (adult, second-winter and first-winter), 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, 2 Oystercatchers, c.1000 Golden Plovers, 11 Redshanks and 5 Dunlin there

Wednesday 29th January

29 Jan        Glaucous Gull                      Stanwick GP – two (adult and juvenile) came into the pre-roost late PM, also 2 Oystercatchers, 12 Redshanks, 2 Chiffchaffs and 4 Lesser Redpolls there

29 Jan        Great White Egret              Ditchford GP – one west of Ditchford Lane at 16.00, also albino Black-headed Gull there

29 Jan        Scaup                                      Pitsford Res – a drake by the holly tree, also 6 Red-crested Pochards in Scaldwell Bay

29 Jan        Wood Duck                           Northampton – female, presumed escape, on the River Nene between B&Q and Carlsberg still this PM

Tuesday 28th January 

28 Jan        Glaucous Gull                       Sidegate Landfill – an adult  in flooded field between Wellingborough and the landfill this afternoon, also second-winter Caspian Gull and second-winter Yellow-legged Gull there

Monday 27th January

27 Jan        Great Northern Diver        Pitsford Res – still off the pines between the holly tree and Moulton Grange Bay this evening

27 Jan        Smew                                        Clifford Hill GP – the ‘redhead’ on deep water lake this afternoon, also escaped Ross’s Goose, c.1000 Golden Plovers and 3 Redshanks there

27 Jan        Great White Egret              Pitsford Res – one still in Moulton Grange Bay late afternoon

27 Jan        Smew                                       Pitsford Res – six (3 drakes) south of the causeway at midday

Sunday 26th January

26 Jan        Smew                                       Clifford Hill GP – a ‘redhead’ at dusk, also 35 Goosanders there

26 Jan        Merlin                                     Denton – female/immature over the A428 at 15.30

26 Jan        Wood Duck                           Northampton – a female, presumed escape, on the River Nene between B&Q and Carlsberg at 15.00 has been present approximately two weeks

Saturday 25th January

25 Jan        Great Northern Diver        Pitsford Res – one still today, also 2 Great White Egrets in Moulton Grange Bay, Peregrine, 5 Red-crested Pochards in Walgrave Bay, 2 Smew (one drake), drake Goosander, c.100 Golden Plover, Green Sandpiper, two Redshank and Chiffchaff there

25 Jan        Long-tailed Duck                Earls Barton GP – one still on Mary’s Lake this afternoon, also Great White Egret still on main Lake on adjacent Summer Leys LNR

25 Jan        Smew                                        Ravensthorpe Res – three (one drake) on the big side but mobile

25 Jan        Red-breasted Merganser  Stanford Res – a ‘redhead’ from the hide, als 6 Red-crested Pochards, 6 Goosanders and c.300 Golden Plovers there

25 Jan        Glaucous Gull                       Sidegate Landfill – a second-winter in flooded field between Wellingborough and the landfill early afternoon, also first-winter Caspian Gull there

Friday 24th January

24 Jan        Glaucous Gull                       Ditchford GP – a juvenile at Broadholme Sewage Treatment Works for 15 minutes during the afternoon

24 Jan        Great Grey Shrike                Lowick – no sign this afternoon

24 Jan        Eastern Lesser Whitethroat  Northampton – no sign of the blythi/halimodendri bird today

24 Jan        Great White Egret                Summer Leys LNR – one still today, also Long-tailed Duck still on adjacent Mary’s Lake (Earls Barton GP)

24 Jan        Waxwing                                  Northampton –  unconfirmed report of two in the car park at Bestways, Hill Close, Lodge Farm Industrial Estate at 11.45 but no sign at 13.30

24 Jan        Mediterranean Gull            Daventry CP – an adult until midday

24 Jan        Great White Egret               Ditchford GP – two on Viaduct Pit early afternoon, also Water Pipit there and adult Caspian Gull plus adult Yellow-legged Gull on nearby fields

Thursday 23rd January 

23 Jan        Eastern Lesser Whitethroat  Northampton – no sign of the blythi/halimodendri bird today

23 Jan        Great Grey Shrike              Lowick – still along hedge around second field on right of path east into Oxen/Green Side Wood this morning at 11.00

Wednesday 22nd January

22 Jan        Kumlien’s Gull                    Ditchford GP – possible juvenile today also, west of Ditchford Lane, 2 Egyptian Geese, drake Scaup on the Watersports Pit, 2 Goosanders, 2 Great White Egrets, 2 adult Peregrines, Green Sandpiper, 10 Chiffchaffs, plus 2 drake Smew on Skew Bridge Pit)

22 Jan        Baikal Teal x Eurasian Teal hybrid  Stanwick GP – drake on main lake from open-backed hide, also 2 Pintail, 2 Oystercatchers, 11 Redshanks and adult Caspian Gull there

22 Jan        Great Grey Shrike              Lowick – still along hedge around second field on right of path east into Oxen/Green Side Wood this afternoon; access via A6116 along footpath almost opposite Lowick turn. The bird is very mobile and disappears from view for long periods.  Walk up the track for approx 200m to a large gap in right-hand hedge just before overhead power lines. Shows on top of the hedge directly in front of the gap and also in the half dead tree along the hedge line. If the bird is in the tree it will be viewable distantly from the barrier at the start of the track. Do not enter fields without landowner’s permission.

22 Jan        Eastern Lesser Whitethroat  Northampton – blythi/halimodendri bird again in a private garden mid-afternoon

Tuesday 21st January 

21 Jan        Eastern Lesser Whitethroat  Northampton – blythi/halimodendri bird again in a private garden intermittently only between 13.46 and 14.50

Monday 20th January

20 Jan        Great Northern Diver       Pitsford Res – still present, also Great White Egret

20 Jan        Great White Egret              Summer Leys LNR – two on the reserve’s main lake, also 4 Red-crested Pochards (2 drakes) on the scrape and 500+ Golden Plovers there

20 Jan        Great Grey Shrike              Lowick – still at 15.15, along hedge around second field on right of path east into Oxen/Green Side Wood; access via A6116

20 Jan        Smew                                       Clifford Hill GP – a ‘redhead’ still on the deep water lake this afternoon, also escaped Ross’s Goose

20 Jan        Great Grey Shrike              Lowick – one again showing early afternoon along the hedgerow on right of the footpath which goes east into Oxen/Green Side Wood this afternoon at 12.45. Accessed via A6116 Corby-Thrapston Road, the footpath is almost opposite the Lowick Road, the bird is approximately 1 km from the road

20 Jan        Eastern Lesser Whitethroat  Northampton – blythi/halimodendri bird again in a private garden briefly at 11.40

Sunday 19th January

19 Jan        Eastern Lesser Whitethroat  Northampton – no sign of the blythi/halimodendri bird today

19 Jan        Great Grey Shrike                       Lowick – no sign today

19 Jan        Great White Egret                      Summer Leys LNR – one still on the reserve’s main lake at 16.30

19 Jan        Red-crested Pochard                Stanwick GP – three (2 drakes) on pit immediately west of main lake, on western side also drake Goosander on the next pit west, viewable from the river bridge

19 Jan        Great White Egret                      Ditchford GP – one still on Viaduct Pit at 14.55

19 Jan        Long-tailed Duck                       Thrapston GP – one still on Town Lake at 13.30, also Merlin over

19 Jan        Egyptian Goose                           Barnwell CP – one today

19 Jan        Glaucous Gull                              Ditchford GP – adult reported east of Viaduct and juvenile west of viaduct at 13.30

19 Jan        Great White Egret                      Summer Leys LNR – one on the reserve this morning, also Long-tailed Duck still on adjacent Mary’s Lake (Earls Barton GP)

19 Jan        Glaucous Gull                              Ditchford GP – adult reported on Viaduct Pit this morning at 10.30, also Great White Egret and third-winter Caspian Gull

19 Jan        Eastern Lesser Whitethroat  Northampton – no sign of the blythi/halimodendri bird to 10.30 this morning

Saturday 18th January

18 Jan       Eastern Lesser Whitethroat   Northampton – possible blythi still in a private garden this afternoon (16.00), but appearances brief, erratic and goes missing for long periods

18 Jan        Great White Egret              Ditchford GP – two west of Ditchford Lane, also 2 Egyptian Geese and Green Sandpiper there

18 Jan        Great Northern Diver       Pitsford Res – still by the holly tree this afternoon, also Great White Egret again in Moulton Grange Bay plus 5 Smew near Catwalk Bay

18 Jan        Great Grey Shrike              Lowick – still at 14.00, though mobile

18 Jan        Great Grey Shrike              Lowick – one again along the hedgerow on right of the footpath which goes east into Oxen/Green Side Wood this afternoon at 12.45. Accessed via A6116 Corby-Thrapston Road, the footpath is almost opposite the Lowick Road, the bird is approximately 1 km from the road

18 Jan        Lesser Whitethroat           Northampton – again briefly in a private garden this morning, possibly of the race blythi

Friday 17th January

17 Jan        Glaucous Gull                      Stanwick GP – an adult in the pre-roost this evening, also 3 Pintail, 8 Goosanders, Oystercatcher, c.1000 Golden Plovers, 11 Redshanks, juvenile Iceland Gull, 3 Caspian Gulls (2 adults and a second-winter) and adult Yellow-legged Gull there

17 Jan        Smew                                       Ravensthorpe Res – two (one drake) still today

17 Jan        Great Grey Shrike              Lowick – one along the hedgerow off the bridleway which goes east into Oxen/Green Side Wood this afternoon

17 Jan        Scaup                                      Ditchford GP – drake still this afternoon

17 Jan        Lesser Whitethroat           Northampton – one in a private garden this afternoon, possibly of the race blythi

17 Jan        Iceland Gull                         Sidegate Landfill – juvenile again in fields between the landfill and Wellingborough this morning

Thursday 16th January 

16 Jan        Great White Egret              Summer Leys LNR – one present all day, also Peregrine there

16 Jan        Smew                                       Ravensthorpe Res – two (one drake) still on the small side this afternoon (13.30), also adult Yellow-legged Gull there

16 Jan        Long-tailed Duck               Thrapston GP – one reported again on Town Lake at midday

16 Jan        Great Northern Diver       Pitsford Res – still by the holly tree this morning, also Great White Egret again in Moulton Grange Bay

16 Jan        Smew                                       Stanwick GP – a ‘redhead’ on the pit immediately east of the A45 Lay-by Pit this morning, also drake Pintail, Oystercatcher, 9 Redshank (all main lake) and 2+ Chiffchaffs there

Wednesday 15th January

15 Jan        Scaup                                       Ditchford GP – drake still mid-afternoon, also 2 Egyptian Geese

15 Jan        Glaucous Gull                      Sidegate Landfill – a juvenile in fields between the landfill and Wellingborough, also juvenile Iceland Gull still at 12.30 SP905692

15 Jan        Black-tailed Godwit          Stanwick GP – one this afternoon, also Oystercatcher and 10 Redshanks there

15 Jan        Iceland Gull                          Sidegate Landfill – a juvenile again in fields between the landfill and Wellingborough at 12.00

Tuesday 14th January

14 Jan       Glaucous Gull                       Ditchford GP – adult on Viaduct Pit late morning

14 Jan        Scaup                                       Ditchford GP – drake still on Watersports Pit, also Peregrine there

14 Jan        Smew                                        Clifford Hill GP – a ‘redhead’ on the deep water lake at 11.00

14 Jan        Great White Egret              Summer Leys LNR – two this morning

14 Jan        Great Northern Diver        Pitsford Res – still by the holly tree this morning , also 2 Great White Egrets and 4 Goosanders in Moulton Grange Bay

14 Jan        Marbled Duck                        Stanwick GP – no sign of yesterday’s probable in brief search this morning

Monday 13th January

13 Jan        Marbled Duck                        Stanwick GP – a probable seen distantly and briefly on the main lake this afternoon; it will be looked for tomorrow. Also 4 Goosanders, Oystercatcher, 13 Redshank, 2 adult Caspian Gulls and adult Yellow-legged Gull there

13 Jan        Long-tailed Duck                 Earls Barton GP – one still on Mary’s Lake this afternoon, also Great White Egret on nearby Summer Leys LNR

13 Jan        Smew                                        Pitsford Res – two (one drake) between the causeway and Catwalk Bay this morning, also Jack Snipe and Chiffchaff there

Sunday 12th January

12 Jan        Great White Egret              Ditchford GP – one on Viaduct Pit early afternoon, also drake Scaup

12 Jan        Caspian Gull                         Sidegate Landfill – two (second-winter and a ringed fourth-winter), plus Glaucous x Herring Gull hybrid in fields between the landfill and Wellingborough at 14.00

12 Jan        Glaucous Gull                       Sidegate Landfill – a juvenile in fields between the landfill and Wellingborough at 13.30, also juvenile Iceland Gull still there

12 Jan        Iceland Gull                          Sidegate Landfill – a juvenile in fields between the landfill and Wellingborough at 12.30, also second-winter Yellow-legged Gull there

12 Jan        Hawfinch                                Fermyn Woods CP – one reported ‘at the top of the park’ at 12.20

12 Jan        Smew                                        Ravensthorpe Res – two (one drake) still on the small side at 12.10

12 Jan        Red-crested Pochard         Ringstead GP – the pair still on Kinewell Lake at midday

12 Jan        Long-tailed Duck                 Earls Barton GP – one still on Mary’s Lake this morning at 11.45, also 2 Great White Egrets (one ion Pete Wild’s Lake, one on nearby Summer Leys, from Screen Hide)

12 Jan        Bittern                                      Stortons GP – one again in the reedbed at 10.50

12 Jan        Siberian Chiffchaff              Ecton SF – still this morning, downstream from bridge K121 over the outflow stream at 10.50 also several Chiffchaffs

12 Jan        Glaucous Gull                       Sidegate Landfill – three (adult, second-winter and juvenile) again in fields between the landfill and Wellingborough at 10.30, also adult Caspian Gull and adult Herring x Lesser Black-backed Gull

12 Jan        Great Northern Diver        Pitsford Res – still by the holly tree this morning at 10.00, also Great White Egret at rear of small pool in Moulton Grange Bay

12 Jan        Iceland Gull                          Finedon – a juvenile in field at junction of Wellingborough Road and Harrowden Road at 09.15 then flew toward Sidegate Landfill, also adult Yellow-legged Gull there

12 Jan        Bearded Tit                            Stortons GP – two still in the reedbed, on the south-east side in front of the signboard and bench at 08.30

Saturday 11th January 

11 Jan        Smew                                        Ravensthorpe Res – a pair on the small side; 2 Jack Snipe at nearby Hollowell Res

11 Jan        Caspian Gull                         Stanwick GP – two adults and a Yellow-legged Gull

11 Jan        Glaucous Gull                       Sidegate Landfill – three (adult, second-winter and juvenile) in fields between the landfill and Wellingborough, also second-winter and first-winter Glaucous-type hybrids and adult Herring x Lesser Black-backed Gull

11 Jan        Long-tailed Duck                 Earls Barton GP – one still on Mary’s Lake this afternoon, also Peregrine over

11 Jan        Iceland Gull                           Ditchford GP – second-winter on Viaduct Pit this afternoon, also drake Scaup still on Watersports Pit

11 Jan        Siberian Chiffchaff              Ecton SF – one from the bridge over the outflow stream early afternoon, also 9 Chiffchaffs

11 Jan        Great White Egret                Summer Leys LNR – one again at 12.30

11 Jan        Great Northern Diver         Pitsford Res – still by the holly tree this morning, also Great White Egret in Moulton Grange Bay, drake and ‘redhead’ Smew and drake Scaup between causeway and gorse bushes

11 Jan        Bearded Tit                            Stortons GP – two still in the reedbed mid-morning

Friday 10th January

10 Jan        Glaucous Gull                       Stanwick GP – an adult in the pre-roost this evening, also 3 Yellow-legged Gulls (2 second-winters and a first-winter) and adult Caspian Gull there

10 Jan        Scaup                                       Ditchford GP – drake still present, also Peregrine and Green Sandpiper

10 Jan        Smew                                        Pitsford Res – four (two drakes) just north of the causeway this morning, also Jack Snipe there

10 Jan        Red-crested Pochard         Ringstead GP – two on Kinewell Lake at 11.00

10 Jan        Bearded Tit                            Stortons GP – two in the reedbed at 10.30, also Bittern there

Thursday 9th January

09 Jan        Smew                                         Clifford Hill GP – two (one drake) this afternoon, also Peregrine there

09 Jan        Long-tailed Duck                 Earls Barton GP – two still on Mary’s Lake this afternoon, also Great White Egret

Wednesday  8th January 

08 Jan        Great White Egret                Pitsford Res – one by the holly tree, also 2 Red-crested Pochards in Scaldwell Bay and Great Northern Diver still present

08 Jan        Mediterranean Gull            Ditchford GP – an adult on the Watersports Pit at 13.00

Tuesday  7th January

07 Jan        Great Northern Diver         Pitsford Res – still present today

07 Jan        Great White Egret               Earls Barton GP – one again on Pete Wild’s Lake at 14.00

07 Jan        Long-tailed Duck                 Earls Barton GP – three still on Mary’s Lake late afternoon, also Peregrine over

07 Jan        Smew                                         Pitsford Res – six (one drake) by the causeway today, also 4 Red-crested Pochards north of the causeway

Monday  6th January

06 Jan        Great White Egret               Earls Barton GP – one still on Pete Wild’s Lake until 13.15 when flushed by a dog

06 Jan        Great Northern Diver         Pitsford Res – still present today, also 8 Smew (3 drakes) between the causeway and Catwalk Bay, drake Pintail, 4 Goosanders and 3 Red-crested Pochards in Walgrave Bay

06 Jan        Bearded Tit                            Stortons GP – several heard early afternoon, also Bittern flew from west end of reedbed to east end at 13.45

06 Jan        Long-tailed Duck                 Earls Barton GP – at least one still on Mary’s Lake this morning

Sunday  5th January

05 Jan        Great White Egret               Pitsford Res – at least two still this afternoon, also 3 Smew (one drake), 4 Goosanders

05 Jan        Caspian Gull                          Ditchford GP – an adult this afternoon, also 2 Egyptian Geese

05 Jan        Long-tailed Duck                 Earls Barton GP – three still on Mary’s Lake at 12.10, also 2 Great White Egrets – one on Pete Wild’s Lake and the other flying over east

05 Jan        Great Northern Diver         Pitsford Res – still present this morning

05 Jan        Bearded Tit                            Stortons GP – two or three in the reedbed at 11.35, on the south side, 100 m  from the road entrance gate

Saturday  4th January

04 Jan        Caspian Gull                          Ditchford GP – a third-winter this afternoon

04 Jan        Long-tailed Duck                 Earls Barton GP – at least two still on Mary’s Lake this afternoon and Great White Egret on lake between Mary’s Lake and the River Nene at 14.30

04 Jan        Great White Egret               Pitsford Res – at least two still north of the causeway at 13.30, also 2 Pintail, 2 Red-crested Pochards, 2 Goosanders and ‘redhead’ Smew

Friday  3rd January

03 Jan        Great White Egret               Pitsford Res – at least two still north of the causeway at 11.30, also Great Northern Diver still, 6 Red-crested Pochards, 4 Smew, Green Sandpiper plus 2 Ring-necked Parakeets over

03 Jan        Long-tailed Duck                 Earls Barton GP – at least two still on Mary’s Lake this morning at 10.30

Thursday  2nd January

02 Jan        Great White Egret               Earls Barton GP – one in field by Mary’s Lake, also the three Long-tailed Ducks still at 14.30

02 Jan        Long-tailed Duck                 Earls Barton GP – at least two still on Mary’s Lake this afternoon, also Peregrine there

02 Jan        Great Northern Diver         Pitsford Res – still by the holly tree at 15.00 plus drake Smew south of causeway then flew to SW corner at 16.15

02 Jan        Great White Egret               Pitsford Res – three still north of the causeway at 11.30

02 Jan        Great Northern Diver         Pitsford Res – still by the holly tree this morning, also drake Pintail, Goosander and Great White Egret in Scaldwell Bay and Green Sandpiper on flood below dam

Wednesday  1st January 

01 Jan        Caspian Gull                          Stanwick GP – two (an adult & second-winter) late afternoon, also 4 Goosanders, Oystercatcher, 8 Redshanks and adult Yellow-legged Gull there

01 Jan        Smew                                         Pitsford Res – a drake south of the causeway this afternoon

01 Jan        Great Northern Diver         Pitsford Res – still by the holly tree, showing well at 11.00

01 Jan        Iceland Gull                           Ditchford GP – juvenile on Viaduct Pit at 10.35, then flew toward Sidegate Landfill, also drake Scaup, Peregrine and Water Pipit there

01 Jan        Long-tailed Duck                 Earls Barton GP – three still on Mary’s Lake at 10.15

Tuesday 31st December

31 Dec        Caspian Gull                          Stanwick GP – an adult late afternoon, also Oystercatcher, 5 Redshanks and 2 Chiffchaffs there

31 Dec        Long-tailed Duck                 Earls Barton GP – one still on Mary’s Lake, showing well from the gate at midday

31 Dec        Great Northern Diver         Pitsford Res – still by the holly tree this morning

Monday 30th December

30 Dec        Smew                                         Sywell CP – two ‘redheads’ today

30 Dec        Iceland Gull                           Stanwick GP – an adult came in to the pre-roost on the main lake at 15.55 and then flew east at 16.00, also adult Caspian Gull, adult Yellow-legged Gull, 6 Redshank and Oystercatcher there

30 Dec        Smew                                         Stortons GP – a ‘redhead’ on the westernmost pit alongside the access road to Sixfields Lake this afternoon, also 15 Goosanders and a drake Ferruginous Duck x Pochard hybrid there but no sign of the female Scaup reported earlier

30 Dec        Scaup                                        Stortons GP – a female on Sixfields Lake this morning but no sign of the Bearded Tits in the reedbed

Sunday 29th December

29 Dec        Great Northern Diver         Pitsford Res – still today, also 5 Smew (one drake), 2 Goosanders and 2 Great White Egrets still north of the causeway

29 Dec        Scaup                                        Thrapston GP – a female at the eastern end of Town Lake at 14.00, also 14 Goosanders on Barclaycard Pit and 2 Chiffchaffs there

29 Dec        Bearded Tit                             Stortons GP – three in the reedbed between the road and the bench/info board on the south side at midday, also female Merlin over reedbed then flew toward the Hanson plant

29 Dec        Great White Egret                Pitsford Res -one still in Scaldwell Bay at 11.30, also 2 Pintail and 2 Goosanders

29 Dec        Hen Harrier                           Maidwell – a ‘ringtail’ at Blueberry Farm, over the large hillside field at 10.50, also 2 Stonechats still present

Saturday 28th December

28 Dec        Smew                                         Stanford Res – a ‘redhead’ in Blowers Lodge Bay at 13.30, also 10 Goosanders there; 2 Jack Snipe at nearby Hollowell Res

28 Dec        Red-crested Pochard         Stanwick GP – a drake on the A45 Lay-by Pit

28 Dec        Long-tailed Duck                 Earls Barton GP – one still on Mary’s Lake this morning

28 Dec        Great Northern Diver         Pitsford Res – still this morning, also, Smew, 2 Pintail and 9 Red-crested Pochards

Friday 27th December

27 Dec        Scaup                                        Ditchford GP – female again on third pit west of the A6 bridge at 15.00

27 Dec        Great Northern Diver         Pitsford Res – present in Yacht Bay, also 8 Smew (2 drakes), 8+ Red-crested Pochards, 3 Great White Egrets

Thursday 26th December

26 Dec        Red-crested Pochard          Stanwick GP – a drake on the pit NE of the A45 Lay-by Pit this morning but no sign of yesterday’s Smew

Wednesday 25th December

25 Dec        Great Northern Diver         Pitsford Res – still present at 14.45 this afternoon

25 Dec        Smew                                         Stanwick GP – a ‘redhead’ on the A45 Lay-by Pit this morning

Tuesday 24th December

24 Dec        Smew                                         Clifford Hill GP – a ‘redhead’ this afternoon, also 690 Golden Plovers, 2 Dunlin and escaped Ross’s Goose there

24 Dec        Great White Egret                Pitsford Res -one north of the causeway at 13.30, also 2 ‘redhead’ Smew south of the causeway

24 Dec        Shag                                           Stanford Res -one in Keeper’s Lodge Bay at 10.50 then flew west and no further sign, also 6 Goosanders there

24 Dec        Great Northern Diver         Pitsford Res – still present by the holly tree at 10.45

Sunday 22nd December

22 Dec        Caspian Gull                          Pitsford Res – adult in the gull roost this evening, also 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls

22 Dec        Hume’s Warbler                  Site withheld – still present on private land in the north of the county this afternoon

22 Dec        Long-tailed Duck                 Earls Barton GP – three still on Mary’s Lake this afternoon at 12.15, also Great White Egret on adjacent Summer Leys main lake

22 Dec        Snow Bunting                        Pitsford Res – one by the holly tree at 10.50 then flew south, also 13 Red-crested Pochards plus drake Red-crested Pochard x Mallard hybrid, 6 Goosanders, 4 ‘redhead’ Smew (Holcot Bay), 3 Great White Egrets (all north of the causeway), female Peregrine, 50 Common Snipe, Dunlin, Green Sandpiper and 3 Redshanks

22 Dec        Great Northern Diver         Pitsford Res – still present by the holly tree at 10.30, also Great White Egret in Walgrave Bay, 2 drake Pintails and Redshank there

22 Dec        Water Pipit                            Ditchford GP – one on the eastern edge of Viaduct Pit at 10.20 then flew to western side, also 2 Egyptian Geese and drake Scaup on Watersports Pit

22 Dec        Smew                                         Stanwick GP – a ‘redhead’ on small put west of the main lake this morning

Saturday 21st December

21 Dec        Great Northern Diver         Pitsford Res – still present at the mouth of Moulton Grange Bay at 13.25

Friday 20th December

20 Dec        Great White Egret               Pitsford Res – one still this afternoon, also 6 Goosanders and 2 Crossbills near Moulton Grange Bay

20 Dec        Great Northern Diver         Pitsford Res – still present today

Thursday 19th December

19 Dec        Long-tailed Duck                 Earls Barton GP – three still on Mary’s Lake this afternoon at 15.25

19 Dec        Water Pipit                            Ditchford GP – one this afternoon, also 2 Egyptian Geese, drake Scaup, 2 ‘redhead’ Smew, drake Red-crested Pochard, first-winter Caspian Gull, Green Sandpiper, and 2 Chiffchaffs there

19 Dec        Caspian Gull                          Stanwick GP – an adult late afternoon, also 5 Goosanders, Oystercatcher, 7 Redshank and 2 Chiffchaffs

19 Dec        Iceland Gull                           Ditchford GP – juvenile again on the Watersports Pit late afternoon, also drake Aythya-hybrid, Green Sandpiper and adult Yellow-legged Gull there

19 Dec        Hume’s Warbler                  Site withheld – still present on private land in the north of the county this morning

19 Dec        Great Northern Diver         Pitsford Res – still present this morning, showing well, north of the dam, on the eastern side by the Holly Tree

Wednesday 18th December

18 Dec        Great Northern Diver         Pitsford Res – still present this afternoon, north of the dam, on the eastern side by the Holly Tree, also 6 Crossbills in small conifers on the north side of the adjacent Brixworth Country Park

18 Dec        Long-tailed Duck                  Earls Barton GP – three still on Mary’s Lake this afternoon

18 Dec        Iceland Gull                           Ditchford GP – second-winter still on the Watersports Pit, also drake Scaup there and juvenile Glaucous Gull, adult & second-winter Caspian Gull and third-year Yellow-legged Gull all in field by viaduct

18 Dec        Great Northern Diver         Pitsford Res – still present this morning, north of the dam, on the eastern side by the Holly Tree, also drake Scaup and a pair of Smew there, Green Sandpiper on flooded field below the dam, plus 2-3 Great White Egrets north of the causeway this morning

18 Dec        Iceland Gull                           Ditchford GP – a second-winter on the Watersports Pit at 11.00

Tuesday 17th December

17 Dec       Short-eared Owl                     Maidwell – one at Blueberry Farm this afternoon, also 2 Stonechats still

17 Dec       Caspian Gull                            Stanwick GP – two adults late afternoon, also first-winter Yellow-legged Gull

17 Dec        Great White Egret                Pitsford Res – three in Scaldwell Bay at 15.00, also 11 Red-crested Pochards (7 drakes)

17 Dec        Great Northern Diver         Pitsford Res – still present at 14.00, north of the dam, on the eastern side by the Holly Tree

17 Dec        Long-tailed Duck                  Earls Barton GP – three still on Mary’s Lake this morning

17 Dec        Great White Egret                Pitsford Res – two north of the causeway, also male Merlin just south-west of  causeway

17 Dec        Great White Egret                Summer Leys LNR – one this afternoon

17 Dec        Great Northern Diver         Pitsford Res – still present this morning, north of the dam, on the eastern side by the Holly Tree, also Great White Egret north of the causeway at 11.30

Monday 16th December

16 Dec        Iceland Gull                           Ditchford GP – a juvenile this afternoon, also 3 adult Caspian Gulls, 2 Glaucous x Herring Gull hybrids and 3+ 2 Yellow-legged Gulls

16 Dec        Iceland Gull                           Ditchford GP – a juvenile this afternoon, also 3 adult Caspian Gulls, 2 Glaucous x Herring Gull hybrids and 3+ 2 Yellow-legged Gulls

16 Dec        Great Northern Diver         Pitsford Res – still this afternoon, off Moulton Grange Bay, at 14.15

16 Dec        Great Northern Diver         Pitsford Res – still present this morning between Moulton Grange Bay and the Holly Tree, also drake Scaup, Peregrine and Green Sandpiper there

16 Dec        Iceland Gull                           Ditchford GP – second-winter in fields north of Viaduct Pit then flew toward Sidegate Landfill 11.50, also adult Caspian Gull plus 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (adult and first-winter) on Watersports Pit

16 Dec        Glaucous Gull                       Ditchford GP – juvenile on watersports pit at 08.55 then flew north

Sunday 15th December

15 Dec        Hume’s Warbler                  Site withheld – still present on private land in the north of the county today

15 Dec        Caspian Gull                         Stanwick GP – a second-winter late afternoon

15 Dec        Glaucous Gull                       Ditchford GP – juvenile on watersports pit at 13.40

15 Dec        American Herring Gull     Ditchford GP – probable second-winter again on watersports pit briefly at 11.45 before flying toward Viaduct Pit

15 Dec        Great Northern Diver         Pitsford Res – one off the dam late morning (11.40), also drake Scaup, 8 Red-crested Pochards, 6 Smew (2 drakes), 2 Great White Egrets (north of causeway) and Black-tailed Godwit there

15 Dec        Scaup                                        Ditchford GP – female at eastern end this morning, on third pit on right, from A6 bridge

15 Dec        Great White Egret               Summer Leys LNR – two this morning, also the 3 Long-tailed Ducks still on adjacent Mary’s Lake (Earls Barton GP)

15 Dec        Great White Egret               Ditchford GP – one on Viaduct Pit this morning, also Egyptian Goose, drake Scaup (watersports pit), Peregrine and Jack Snipe there

Saturday 14th December

14 Dec        American Herring Gull     Ditchford GP – probable second-winter on watersports pit this afternoon

14 Dec        Iceland Gull                          Ditchford GP – second-winter briefly on fishing lake early afternoon, also 2 second-winter Caspian Gulls there

14 Dec        Great White Egret               Pitsford Res – one still north of the causeway, in Holcot Bay at 12.15

14 Dec        Red-crested Pochard         Ravensthorpe Res – eight (4 drakes)

14 Dec        Hume’s Warbler                  Site withheld – still present on private land in the north of the county this morning

14 Dec        Glaucous Gull                      Thrapston GP – a juvenile flew west over fields close to Town Walk at 11.00

14 Dec        Long-tailed Duck                Earls Barton GP – three still on Mary’s Lake this morning

14 Dec        Glaucous Gull                      Ditchford GP – a juvenile on Viaduct Pit late morning, also Great White Egret there and drake Scaup still on the Watersports Pit

Friday 13th December

13 Dec        Iceland Gull                         Ditchford GP – a juvenile on the Watersports Pit today, also third-winter Caspian Gull and first-winter Yellow-legged Gull

13 Dec        Long-tailed Duck                Earls Barton GP – two still on Mary’s Lake this afternoon at 15.00, also ‘redhead’ Smew still

13 Dec        Long-tailed Duck                Thrapston GP – one still on Town Lake early afternoon, though mobile

13 Dec        Hume’s Warbler                  Site withheld – still present on private land in the north of the county this morning

13 Dec        Long-tailed Duck                Earls Barton GP – at least two still on Mary’s Lake this morning, also ‘redhead’ Smew

13 Dec        Ring-necked Parakeet      Northampton – one in a garden on the east side of Grange Park this morning before flying off

Thursday 12th December 

12 Dec        Iceland Gull                          Stanwick GP – a second-winter came in to the pre-roost on the main lake at 15.40 (same individual as at Ditchford GP on 9th, not juvenile as first reported), also female/immature Merlin there

Wednesday 11th December

11 Dec        Long-tailed Duck                Earls Barton GP – three still on Mary’s Lake mid-afternoon

11 Dec        Hume’s Warbler                   Site withheld – still present on private land in the north of the county and showing well at 13.00 on escorted birders’ tour this afternoon

11 Dec        Hume’s Warbler                   Site withheld – still present on private land in the north of the county early morning

Tuesday 10th December

10 Dec        Mediterranean Gull           Stanwick GP – a first-winter on the A45 Lay-by Pit this afternoon

10 Dec        Great White Egret               Ditchford GP – one on Viaduct Pit this afternoon, also Green Sandpiper and probable Water Pipit there

10 Dec        Hume’s Warbler                   Site withheld – still present on private land in the north of the county this morning

10 Dec        Great White Egret               Pitsford Res – two south of the causeway in Pintail Bay this morning, also 2 drake Smew and several Crossbills in Catwalk Bay

Monday 9th December

09 Dec        Long-tailed Duck                Earls Barton GP – three still on Mary’s Lake at 15.00, also Great White Egret again from Pioneer Hide

09 Dec        Caspian Gull                          Ditchford GP – two, an adult and a second-winter, west of Ditchford Lane early afternoon, also 5 Yellow-legged Gulls, Peregrine and Chiffchaff there

09 Dec        Glaucous Gull                       Ditchford GP – juvenile on Viaduct Pit 11.15

09 Dec        Iceland Gull                          Ditchford GP – juvenile on Watersports Pit, also drake Scaup at 10.30

09 Dec        Hume’s Warbler                   Site withheld – still present on private land in the north of the county this morning. For mid-week access arrangements see http://tinyurl.com/puptsud 

Sunday 8th December

08 Dec        Caspian Gull                           Ditchford GP – an adult and 2 Yellow-legged Gulls late afternoon

08 Dec        Long-tailed Duck                  Earls Barton GP – three still on Mary’s Lake at 15.30

08 Dec        Long-tailed Duck                  Thrapston GP – female or first-winter at west end of Barclaycard Pit this afternoon, also first-winter drake Scaup and 2 Egyptian Geese

08 Dec        Hume’s Warbler                   Site withheld – still present on private land in the north of the county this afternoon. For mid-week access arrangements see http://tinyurl.com/puptsud 

08 Dec        Glaucous Gull                       Ditchford GP – a juvenile flew west over Irthlingborough Lakes at 10.10

08 Dec        Great White Egret               Summer Leys LNR – one on the main lake, on the old railway track bank, this morning

Saturday 7th December

07 Dec        Caspian Gull                          Thrapston GP – adult in the gull-roost this evening plus 2 Egyptian Geese

07 Dec        Short-eared Owl                   Harrington AF – two present; at nearby Blueberry Farm, Maidwell – Short-eared Owl and 2 Stonechats

07 Dec        Hume’s Warbler                   Site withheld – still present on private land in the north of the county this afternoon (not Yellow-browed Warbler as previously reported). Access for birders has been requested but not yet granted. Further details to follow.

07 Dec        Great White Egret               Pitsford Res – three still north of the causeway at 13.15 and 3 Smew (drake & 2 ‘redheads’) in Scaldwell Bay at 13.50

07 Dec        Great White Egret               Earls Barton GP – one on the large lake behind Mary’s Lake then flew towards Summer Leys at 13.03

07 Dec        Long-tailed Duck                 Earls Barton GP – three still on Mary’s Lake at 11.00

07 Dec        Yellow-browed Warbler   Site withheld – still on private land in the north of the county this morning with no public access

Friday 6th December 

06 Dec        Yellow-browed Warbler   Site withheld – one on private land in the north of the county with strictly no public access today

06 Dec        Great White Egret               Summer Leys LNR – one again from the Screen Hide at 15.30

06 Dec        Great White Egret               Summer Leys LNR – one from Pioneer Hide early afternoon (13.00)

06 Dec        Mediterranean Gull            Ravensthorpe Res – an adult this morning, also leucistic female Red-crested Pochard; 2 Yellow-legged Gulls at nearby Hollowell Res

06 Dec        Great White Egret               Pitsford Res – three north of the causeway this morning, also 4 Smew in Holcot Bay, Goosander and Redshank there

Wednesday 4th December

04 Dec       Smew                                          Pitsford Res – two ‘redheads’ still this afternoon, also 6 Red-crested Pochards, Peregrine, Black-tailed Godwit and Redshank there

04 Dec        Long-tailed Duck                 Earls Barton GP – at least 2 still on Mary’s Lake at 16.00

04 Dec        Long-tailed Duck                 Earls Barton GP – three still on Mary’s Lake at 10.20 and Crossbill over at 10.00

Tuesday 3rd December

03 Dec        Smew                                         Sywell CP – two ‘redheads’

03 Dec        Long-tailed Duck                 Earls Barton GP – at least one still on Mary’s Lake at 16.00

03 Dec        Great White Egret               Pitsford Res – one still this afternoon, in Scaldwell Bay at 15.40

03 Dec        Smew                                        Pitsford Res – a ‘redhead’ south of the causeway this morning

03 Dec        Long-tailed Duck                 Earls Barton GP – three still on Mary’s Lake at 11.15

Monday 2nd December

02 Dec        Caspian Gull                          Ditchford GP – two (an adult and second-winter), also 4 Yellow-legged Gulls, Redshank and Chiffchaff this afternoon but no sign of yesterday’s Iceland Gull

02 Dec        Great White Egret               Pitsford Res – two this afternoon, one in Scaldwell Bay and one in Walgrave Bay, also 10 Pintail, 2 Red-crested Pochards, 2 ‘redhead’ Smew, Black tailed Godwit,  2 Green Sandpipers and Redshank there

02 Dec        Great White Egret               Pitsford Res – one still in Scaldwell Bay today, also 2 Red-crested Pochards plus 2 ‘redhead’ Smew in Holcot Bay

02 Dec        Long-tailed Duck                 Earls Barton GP – three still on Mary’s Lake at 12.30

02 Dec        Caspian Gull                          Stanwick GP – adult on the main lake this morning, also 4 Redshanks and 2 Chiffchaffs there

02 Dec        Long-tailed Duck                 Earls Barton GP – three still on Mary’s Lake this morning

Sunday 1st December 

01 Dec        Great White Egret                Ditchford GP – still on Viaduct Pit this afternoon, also second-winter Caspian Gull and Green Sandpiper there

01 Dec        Long-tailed Duck                  Thrapston GP – now two on Town Lake this afternoon

01 Dec        Iceland Gull                           Ditchford GP – an adult west of Ditchford Lane in fields north of pits with large numbers of other gulls then flew east at 13.00, also Great White Egret on Viaduct Pit

01 Dec        Firecrest                                  Ringstead GP – one calling and showing very well in lakeside bushes on north side of Kinewell Lake approximately 100 m from lock at 13.00, also drake Red-crested Pochard there

01 Dec        Long-tailed Duck                 Earls Barton GP – three on Mary’s Lake still at 12.30

01 Dec        Great White Egret                Ditchford GP – one on the pit immediately east of Skew Bridge Roundabout at 12.15

01 Dec        Smew                                         Ravensthorpe Res – three ‘redheads’ this morningafternoon

01 Dec        Long-tailed Duck                  Thrapston GP – still this morning at 09.00

Saturday 30th November

30 Nov        Caspian Gull                          Ditchford GP – three (adult, near adult and first-winter), 8 Yellow-legged Gulls and immature Peregrine this afternoon.

30 Nov        Smew                                         Clifford Hill GP – ‘redhead’ still this afternoon

30 Nov        Great White Egret                Pitsford Res – two still today, also at least 16 Red-crested Pochards, 2 Redshank, and drake Pintail south of the causeway

30 Nov        Black-necked Grebe            Stanford Res – one today, also drake Pintail, male and female Red-crested Pochard and drake Goosander there; 5 Jack Snipe at nearby Hollowell Res

30 Nov        Long-tailed Duck                 Earls Barton GP – three on Mary’s Lake this afternoon at 15.20 (one in the south-east corner, two in the south-west corner)

30 Nov       Great White Egret                Ditchford GP – one flew over at 13.50

30 Nov        Long-tailed Duck                 Earls Barton GP – still on Mary’s Lake this afternoon at 13.20

30 Nov        Long-tailed Duck                 Thrapston GP – still on Town Lake, between buoy no. 8 and the sailing club this morning

30 Nov       Common Scoter                     Ditchford GP -two female/immatures on the pit west of the viaduct this morning

30 Nov        Long-tailed Duck                 Earls Barton GP – one on Mary’s Lake this morning at 10.15

Friday 29th November

28 Nov        Great White Egret               Pitsford Res – one or two still in Scaldwell Bay this morning, also 13 Red-crested Pochards (including a leucistic drake), 13 Pintail, drake Goosander, several Golden Plovers, Dunlin and 2 Redshanks 

Thursday 28th November

28 Nov        Siberian Chiffchaff              Ecton SF – one calling frequently and showing occasionally on the north side of the reedbed, in the second ‘block’ of Phragmites west of the main track early afternoon

28 Nov        Long-tailed Duck                 Thrapston GP – still on Town Lake, showing well between buoy no. 8 and the sailing club this morning, also 7 Goosanders on Barclaycard Pit and Blackcap there

Wednesday 27th November

27 Nov        Red-crested Pochard         Pitsford Res – at least nine north of the causeway, also Goosander and Redshank

27 Nov        Great White Egret               Geddington – one flew west at 14.30

27 Nov        Long-tailed Duck                 Thrapston GP – still on Town Lake, near buoy no. 8, at 14.00

27 Nov        Great White Egret               Pitsford Res – at least two still north of the causeway this morning

Tuesday 26th November

26 Nov       Long-tailed Duck                  Thrapston GP – still on Town Lake at 15.45

26 Nov        Great White Egret                Pitsford Res – at least two in Scaldwell Bay, also Red-crested Pochard and drake Smew in Holcot Bay this afternoon

26 Nov       Long-tailed Duck                  Thrapston GP – still on Town Lake, from eastern end of boat club at 10.00

Monday 25th November

25 Nov        Great White Egret                Pitsford Res – three or four today, also 10 Pintail, 24 Red-crested Pochards, 11 Goosanders, drake Smew (Holcot Bay), Black-necked Grebe (off Yacht Club), female Peregrine, Grey Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, 40 Common Snipe, 4-5 Redshank, Common Sandpiper, adult Yellow-legged Gull and Chiffchaff there

25 Nov       Caspian Gull                           Rushton Landfill – an adult at 14.20, viewed from the A6003 Kettering-Corby road

25 Nov       Long-tailed Duck                  Thrapston GP – still on Town Lake, from eastern end of boat club at 13.00

25 Nov       Long-tailed Duck                  Thrapston GP – still on Town Lake, in the middle, at 11.30

25 Nov       Long-tailed Duck                  Thrapston GP – still on Town Lake, in the middle, at 10.05

25 Nov        Great White Egret                Summer Leys – one flew west at 09.45

Sunday 24th November

24 Nov        Great White Egret                Stanwick GP -one on the easternmost pit from 15.15 to at least 15.50

24 Nov        Great White Egret                Thrapston GP -one on Barclaycard Pit this afternoon, also the Long-tailed Duck again at the eastern end of Town Lake at 15.00

24 Nov        Scaup                                         Ditchford GP – drake on pits west of Ditchford Lane, also 3 Egyptian Geese, 2 Green Sandpipers, first-winter Caspian Gull, first-winter Yellow-legged Gull and 2 Chiffchaffs there

24 Nov       Long-tailed Duck                  Thrapston GP – one on Town Lake 12.15 to 13.15 when flushed by yachts and flew off with c.30 Goldeneye, also first-winter Scaup and adult Caspian Gull there

24 Nov       Black-tailed Godwit            Pitsford Res – one by the causeway this morning, also 14 Red-crested Pochards (9 drakes) plus Redshank but no sign of yesterday’s Long-tailed Duck

Saturday 23rd November

23 Nov        Short-eared Owl                    Maidwell – one at Blueberry Farm

23 Nov        Great White Egret                Pitsford Res – two came in to roost, also Black-tailed Godwit and Redshank there

23 Nov        Long-tailed Duck                  Pitsford Res – one in Walgrave Bay at 15.15

23 Nov        Smew                                          Clifford Hill GP – ‘redhead’ still late afternoon, also 9 Goosanders

23 Nov        Marsh Harrier                        Blatherwycke Lake – a juvenile on the south side at 13.00 then flew south

23 Nov        Smew                                          Clifford Hill GP – a ‘redhead’ in the southwest corner of the main barrage lake early morning, also 100+ Golden Plovers and escaped Ross’s Goose

Friday 22nd November

22 Nov         Scaup                                        Blatherwycke Lake – a female this morning

22 Nov         Bittern                                      Stortons GP – one again in the reedbed late morning

22 Nov         Great White Egret               Pitsford Res – two still north of the causeway this morning, also at least 8 Red-crested Pochards and a Dunlin there

22 Nov       Bewick’s Swan                         Clifford Hill GP – no sign on main barrage lake this morning

Thursday 21st November

21 Nov       Caspian Gull                            Stanwick GP – an adult a second-winter late afternoon, also Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Dunlin, 4 Redshank and 5 Yellow-legged Gulls

21 Nov       Bewick’s Swan                         Clifford Hill GP – twenty-four on main barrage lake 15.15 to dusk

21 Nov       Crossbill                                    Harlestone Heath – six flew over the main track, south-east of the ruin

21 Nov       Scaup                                           Ditchford GP – a female this morning; from the A6 old bridge near the Rushden & Diamonds ground walk west to view 6th pit on the right

21 Nov       Ring-necked Duck                  Stanwick GP – no sign of female this morning

Wednesday 20th November 

20 Nov         Merlin                                       Maidwell – one at Blueberry Farm this afternoon

20 Nov         Great White Egret               Pitsford Res – two still this afternoon, also female Red-crested Pochard

20 Nov       Ring-necked Duck                 Stanwick GP – female still at 16.15 then flew to island, also 2 Pintail, Black-tailed Godwit and 4 Yellow-legged Gulls there

20 Nov       Ring-necked Duck                 Stanwick GP – a female in the north-east corner of the A45 Lay-by Pit  at 14.15, viewable from the causeway walk

Tuesday 19th November 

19 Nov       Hen Harrier                             Lyveden – a ‘ringtail’ at Lyveden New Bield, also Merlin there this afternoon

19 Nov       Great White Egret                 Blatherwycke Lake – one this afternoon, also Egyptian Goose, Barnacle Goose and 4 Mandarin Ducks

19 Nov       Short-eared Owl                    East Carlton CP – one from Wire Road this morning, also 2 Stonechats

19 Nov       Caspian Gull                            Stanwick GP – an adult late afternoon, also Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Yellow-legged Gulls

Monday 18th November

18 Nov         Merlin                                        Maidwell – one at Blueberry Farm this afternoon, also 2 Stonechats still

18 Nov         Great White Egret                 Pitsford Res – three, possibly four, today, also 2 Redshanks, 2 Dunlin, one or two adult Yellow-legged Gulls and Chiffchaff there

18 Nov        Mediterranean Gull               Daventry CP – an adult this morning, still present 12.30, also 3 Goosanders and 2 Chiffchaffs plus aberrant first-winter Herring Gull (with white primaries)

Sunday 17th November

17 Nov         Great White Egret                 Pitsford Res – three again today, also 12 Red-crested Pochards, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 4 Redshanks, adult Yellow-legged Gull and Chiffchaff there

17 Nov         Bearded Tit                              Stortons GP – the male and female trapped and ringed this morning

Saturday 16th November

16 Nov         Great White Egret                 Pitsford Res – three again today, also 12 Red-crested Pochards, 5 Pintail, Green Sandpiper and Yellow-legged Gull

16 Nov         Great White Egret                 Thrapston GP – still on north lake, in large oak tree at eastern end, at 13.00

16 Nov         Black-tailed Godwit             Pitsford Res – one in Scaldwell Bay this morning

16 Nov         Great White Egret                 Thrapston GP – one on the Titchmarsh LNR north lake this morning

16 Nov         Bearded Tit                              Stortons GP – two still in the reedbed late morning, on the south side approximately 100 m from the entrance gate

Friday 15th November 

15 Nov         Merlin                                        Harrington AF – immature male this morning, also two Crossbills over

15 Nov         Great White Egret                 Pitsford Res – one still north of the causeway in Scaldwell Bay at 10.30, also 7 Red-crested Pochards in Walgrave Bay

15 Nov         Bearded Tit                              Stortons GP – two still in the reedbed this morning, also the Bittern briefly again at 10.00

Thursday 14th November

14 Nov         Great White Egret                 Pitsford Res – two still north of the causeway at 13.30, also 4 Red-crested Pochards in Scaldwell Bay

Wednesday 13th November

13 Nov         Mediterranean Gull              Pitsford Res – adult again in the gull roost this evening

13 Nov         Bearded Tit                              Stortons GP – two still in the reedbed today

13 Nov         Whooper Swan                        Blatherwycke Lake – adult this afternoon, also Egyptian Goose, Barnacle Goose, 17 Mandarin Ducks and immature Peregrine there

13 Nov         Great White Egret                 Pitsford Res – one still north of the causeway at 12.40, also 21 Red-crested Pochards in Walgrave Bay

13 Nov         Red-crested Pochard            Ravensthorpe Res – female still this morning this

Tuesday 12th November 

12 Nov         Great White Egret                 Pitsford Res – two still north of the causeway, in Scaldwell Bay

12 Nov         Black-necked Grebe              Stanford Res – one still today, also 6+ Goldeneye & 2 Goosanders

12 Nov         Red-breasted Merganser     Boddington Res – no sign of ‘redhead’ late morning but 5 Red-crested Pochards, Goldeneye and female Goosander there

12 Nov         Red-breasted Merganser     Boddington Res – a ‘redhead’ this morning at 08.30, also 4 Goldeneye and female Goosander there

Monday 11th November

11 Nov         Black-necked Grebe              Stanford Res – one still today, also Red-crested Pochard, c.10 Goldeneye, Merlin and Peregrine there

11 Nov         Dark-bellied Brent Goose   Boddington Res – two this afternoon before flying north at 16.35, also female Red-crested Pochard there and adult Yellow-legged Gull in the gull roost

11 Nov         Red-breasted Merganser     Ravensthorpe Res – a ‘redhead’ this afternoon, also male and female Mandarin Duck and female Red-crested Pochard there

11 Nov         Red-crested Pochard            Pitsford Res – eighteen in Scaldwell Bay this morning, also adult Yellow-legged Gull

11 Nov         Merlin                                          Stanwick GP – one again this morning, also 2 Black-tailed Godwits and 3 Redshanks there

Sunday 10th November

10 Nov         Mediterranean Gull              Pitsford Res – adult again in gull roost this evening

10 Nov         Merlin                                         Harrington AF – still present by third bunker this afternoon

10 Nov         Siberian Chiffchaff                Earls Barton GP – no sign by the screen hide at Quarry Walk this afternoon

10 Nov         Bearded Tit                              Stanwick GP – at least two calling in the reedbed this afternoon

10 Nov         Bearded Tit                              Stortons GP – two still in the reedbed at 12.00

10 Nov         Siberian Chiffchaff                Earls Barton GP – one in sallows by the stand-up hide at the eastern end of Quarry Walk at 10.50, also Chiffchaff and Blackcap there (access via Grendon Lakes as Quarry Walk footpath closed until tomorrow)

10 Nov         Merlin                                         Harrington AF – one near hay bales at 10.30

10 Nov         Crossbill                                    Pitsford Res – three southwest over just after 09.00

Saturday 9th November

09 Nov         Caspian Gull                            Stanwick GP – two (adult and second-winter) this evening, also Black-tailed Godwit and 7 Yellow-legged Gulls

09 Nov         Great White Egret                 Pitsford Res – one still north of the causeway, in Holcot Bay this afternoon, also 4 Red-crested Pochards in Walgrave Bay          

09 Nov         Osprey                                        Stanford Res – one again during the morning

09 Nov         Bearded Tit                              Stortons GP – two still in the reedbed at 11.00 but no further sign of Bittern 

09 Nov         Pink-footed Goose                 Maidwell – approximately 100 flew toward Haselbech at 09.45

09 Nov         Bittern                                        Stortons GP – one in the reedbed at 08.10, also two Bearded Tits still on south side, 130 metres from the gate

Friday 8th November

08 Nov         Caspian Gull                            Stanwick GP – an adult this evening, also Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Common Snipe and c.800 Golden Plovers there

08 Nov         Bearded Tit                              Stortons GP – at least one still in the reedbed

08 Nov         Red-crested Pochard           Pitsford Res – twelve still north of the causeway, also c.10 Pintail and 2 Green Sandpipers there

08 Nov         Ring Ouzel                                Harrington AF – first-winter by third bunker today

Thursday 7th November

07 Nov         Merlin                                         Maidwell – male again at Blueberry Farm this afternoon, also the 2 Stonechats still

07 Nov         Mediterranean Gull              Stanford Res  – adult in the roost this evening, also Peregrine there

07 Nov         Caspian Gull                            Stanwick GP – one or two adults this evening, also Black-tailed Godwit but no sign of Azorean Yellow-legged Gull

07 Nov         Great White Egret                 Pitsford Res – one still north of the causeway

Wednesday 6th November

06 Nov         Azorean Yellow-legged Gull Stanwick GP – adult again on main lake between 15.30 and 16.00

06 Nov         Red-crested Pochard           Ravensthorpe Res – two today

06 Nov         Merlin                                        Wappenham – female or immature at 14.00

06 Nov         Crossbill                                    Harlestone Heath – two mobile

06 Nov         Crossbill                                    Harrington AF – two over

06 Nov         Great White Egret                 Pitsford Res -two: one still by the gorse bushes, approx 1.5 km south of the causeway car park, one in Scaldwell Bay, also 12 Red-crested Pochards and 13 Pintail (Scaldwell Bay)

Tuesday 5th November

05 Nov          Caspian Gull                           Stanwick GP – three (2 adults, 1 first-winter) early evening plus Black-tailed Godwit

05 Nov         Great White Egret                 Pitsford Res -two by the gorse bushes, approx 1.5 km south of the causeway car park

05 Nov         Red-crested Pochard           Ravensthorpe Res – four this morning, also first-winter drake Pintail, 2 Goldeneye and adult Yellow-legged Gull there

Monday 4th November

04 Nov         Azorean Yellow-legged Gull Stanwick GP – probable this evening between 16.15 and 16.25, also 4 Caspian Gulls (2 first-winters and 2 adults)              

04 Nov         Merlin                                        Ditchford GP – one over Broadholme SWT this afternoon

04 Nov         Great White Egret                 Pitsford Res -one in the mouth of Holcot Bay at 11.45, also 7 Red-crested Pochards and 2 Green Sandpipers

04 Nov         Crossbill                                    Wakerley Great Wood – four this morning

04 Nov         Crossbill                                    Hanging Houghton – four over south at 07.20

04 Nov         Bearded Tit                              Stortons GP – male and female still in the reedbed this morning

04 Nov         Great White Egret                 Pitsford Res -one less than a mile south of the causeway car park this morning

Sunday 3rd November

03 Nov         Mediterranean Gull             Pitsford Res – an adult in the gull roost this evening, also third-year Yellow-legged Gull

03 Nov         Merlin                                        Harrington AF – male again this afternoon

03 Nov         Short-eared Owl                    Maidwell – one at Blueberry Farm this morning, also 2 Stonechats still

03 Nov         Great White Egret                 Pitsford Res – three still this morning, also 6 Pintail, 10 Red-crested Pochards and 2 Green Sandpipers

Saturday 2nd November 

02 Nov         Merlin                                         Maidwell – one at Blueberry Farm this afternoon, also 2 Stonechats there

02 Nov         Black-necked Grebe              Stanford Res – one again this morning, also adult Caspian Gull

02 Nov         Merlin                                         Harrington AF – male still this morning

02 Nov         Bearded Tit                              Stortons GP – a male and female still in the reedbed this morning

02 Nov         Great White Egret                 Pitsford Res – two still north of the causeway, in Holcot Bay this morning

 Friday 1st November

01 Nov         Great White Egret                 Pitsford Res – two still north of the causeway this afternoon, also 7 Red-crested Pochards, 7 Pintail and Green Sandpiper there

01 Nov          Short-eared Owl                    Hanslope – one along Forest Road, south of Salcey Forest and just north of M1 bridge early morning

Thursday 31st October

31 Oct          Great White Egret                 Pitsford Res – three still today plus 10 Red-crested Pochards, Peregrine, 3 Dunlin, Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Yellow-legged Gull, Ring Ouzel (in field opposite main causeway car park)  Black Redstart below dam

31 Oct          Merlin                                         Maidwell – a male at Blueberry Farm late afternoon

Wednesday 30th October

30 Oct          Caspian Gull                            Stanwick GP – an adult again this evening

30 Oct          Great White Egret                 Stanwick GP – one on the main lake this morning, also 5 Pintail, Merlin, Jack Snipe and Black-tailed Godwit there

30 Oct          Osprey                                        Stanford Res – still present this morning at 07.00

Tuesday 29th October 

29 Oct          Caspian Gull                           Stanwick GP – an adult this evening, also drake Red-crested Pochard

29 Oct          Great White Egret                 Pitsford Res – three still north of the causeway plus 10 Red-crested Pochards; male Merlin at nearby Harrington AF

29 Oct          Hoopoe                                      Woodford Halse – still present in the car park at Brickhill Farm Fisheries at 16.15

29 Oct          Hoopoe                                      Woodford Halse – still present in the car park at Brickhill Farm Fisheries at 15.00

29 Oct          Great Grey Shrike                 Harrington AF – still present in scrub belt by the first bunker early afternoon

Monday 28th October 

28 Oct          Great White Egret                 Pitsford Res – three still north of the causeway at 17.20

28 Oct          Caspian Gull                           Stanwick GP – three (2 adults and a second-winter this evening)

28 Oct          Great Grey Shrike                 Harrington AF – still present in scrub belt by the first bunker at 16.50

28 Oct          Hoopoe                                      Woodford Halse – still present in the car park at Brickhill Farm Fisheries until 14.30, when it flew off

28 Oct          Osprey                                        Stanford Res – still present this afternoon

28 Oct          Great Grey Shrike                 Harrington AF – still present in scrub belt between the road and the first bunker at 13.45

28 Oct          Hoopoe                                      Woodford Halse – still at 13.00

28 Oct          Great White Egret                 Pitsford Res – now three north of the causeway at 12.40

28 Oct          Hoopoe                                      Woodford Halse – still showing well in the carpark of Brickhill Farm Fisheries (NN11 3DQ), between Woodford Halse and Eydon at 11.30

28 Oct          Black-tailed Godwit            Stanwick GP – one on the main lake this morning

Sunday 27th October

27 Oct          Caspian Gull                           Stanwick GP – one this evening, also Black-tailed Godwit on A45 Lay-by Pit but no sign of the Azorean Yellow-legged Gull

27 Oct          Hoopoe                                      Woodford Halse – one still showing well in the carpark of Brickhill Farm Fisheries (NN11 3DQ), between Woodford Halse and Eydon at 16.30

27 Oct          Great Grey Shrike                 Harrington AF – still present at 13.30

27 Oct          Hoopoe                                      Woodford Halse – one showing well in the carpark of Brickhill Farm Fisheries (NN11 3DQ), between Woodford Halse and Eydon at 12.15

27 Oct         Little Stint                                Pitsford Res – one on the shoreline between Maytrees Hide and Bird Club Hide at 11.45 before flying into Scaldwell Bay

27 Oct          Bearded Tit                              Ecton SF – one calling from the western end of the reedbed at 11.35

27 Oct          Great White Egret                Pitsford Res – two in Scaldwell Bay at 10.30 then flew off, also 10 Red-crested Pochards, 12 Pintail and 3 Green Sandpipers there

27 Oct          Great Grey Shrike                 Harrington AF – still present this morning, between first and second bunkers at 09.30

27 Oct          Osprey                                        Stanford Res – still present this morning

27 Oct          Bearded Tit                              Stortons GP -a male and female on the southern edge of the reedbed, c100 metres from the gate at the eastern end at 09.10

 Saturday 26th October 

26 Oct          Azorean Yellow-legged Gull Stanwick GP – adult on main lake at 17.15 remained for up to 15 minutes before departing, also male Merlin and adult Caspian Gull

26 Oct          Merlin                                        Harrington AF – immature male this afternoon

26 Oct          Great White Egret                Pitsford Res – two in Holcot Bay at 16.15; 2 Stonechats at nearby Blueberry Farm

26 Oct          Great Grey Shrike                 Harrington AF – still present at 15.30, between second and third bunkers

26 Oct          Great White Egret                Pitsford Res – one still, flew from Scaldwell Bay toward Holcot Bay at 15.00 then on shore below fishing lodge at 15.30

26 Oct          Osprey                                        Stanford Res – still present this morning, also 2 drake Red-crested Pochards, adult Yellow-legged Gull, and female Crossbill flew low SW (at 09.40)

26 Oct          Great Grey Shrike                 Harrington AF – still present at 11.40, by third bunker

26 Oct          Short-eared Owl                    Maidwell – one in fields at the southern end of the Blueberry Farm complex this morning, also 2 Stonechats there

26 Oct          Great Grey Shrike                 Harrington AF – still present at 08.20, between first and second bunkers

Friday 25th October

25 Oct          Great Grey Shrike                 Harrington AF – still present at 15.40, also Ring Ouzel still

25 Oct          Great White Egret                Pitsford Res – one still in Scaldwell Bay this afternoon, also 9 Red-crested Pochards there

25 Oct          Great Grey Shrike                 Harrington AF – still present at 14.35 between second and third bunkers, also Ring Ouzel in isolated elder on concrete block between first bunker and hay bales

25 Oct          Ring Ouzel                               Harrington AF – first-winter still this morning, by main concrete track then flew to area around the third bunker

25 Oct          Great Grey Shrike                 Harrington AF – still by first bunker at 08.55

25 Oct          Bittern                                       Stanwick GP – one on the pit immediately east of the reedbed at 08.30

Thursday 24th October

24 Oct          Great Grey Shrike                 Harrington AF – still in bushes between first and third bunkers at 17.30

24 Oct          Great Grey Shrike                 Harrington AF – still in bushes between first and third bunkers at 16.00 but very mobile, also Merlin, Short-eared Owl, Black Redstart and Ring Ouzel there and; Stonechat in southernmost field at nearby Blueberry Farm. Maidwell

24 Oct          Richard’s Pipit                      Daventry CP – one flushed from a weedy field two fields back from the reservoir dam. It landed briefly in an adjacent crop field before flying off high toward Borough Hill at 15.20

24 Oct          Merlin                                        Pytchley – a female or immature at the Golf Course at 12.45

24 Oct          Great Grey Shrike                 Harrington AF – one reported in bushes between first and second bunkers at 10.35

Wednesday 23rd October

23 Oct          Hen Harrier                            Maidwell – two at Blueberry Farm this afternoon (a ‘ringtail’ by the barns and a male subsequently) also two Ring Ouzels flew in to roost in a hedge near the southern end of the complex

23 Oct          Mediterranean Gull             Ravensthorpe Res – a first-winter and a Green Sandpiper there this afternoon

23 Oct          Great White Egret                Pitsford Res – two again in Scaldwell Bay this afternoon, also 4 Red-crested Pochards there plus Dunlin and Green Sandpiper by the dam

23 Oct          Egyptian Goose                     Ditchford GP – two west of Ditchford Lane this morning, also Peregrine there

Tuesday 22nd October

22 Oct          Osprey                                       Stanford Res – one still present

22 Oct          Caspian Gull                          Stanwick GP – three (2 adults and a first-winter) this evening, also 20+ Yellow-legged Gulls and 300+ Golden Plovers there

22 Oct          Caspian Gull                          Pitsford Res – an adult in the roost this evening, also adult Yellow-legged Gull

22 Oct          Hen Harrier                            Maidwell – a male at Blueberry Farm this morning, also Peregrine there

22 Oct          Rock Pipit                                Stanwick GP – one in the north-east corner of the main lake this morning, also Black-tailed Godwit and Redshank there

Monday 21st October 

21 Oct          Black-tailed Godwit            Stanwick GP – one this afternoon

Sunday 20th October

20 Oct          Ring Ouzel                               Harrington AF – one still between 2nd and 3rd bunkers at 15.00, also Short-eared Owl there

20 Oct          Ring Ouzel                               Harrington AF – one between 2nd and 3rd bunkers at 11.00

Saturday 19th October

19 Oct          Azorean Yellow-legged Gull Stanwick GP – adult came in to pre-roost on main lake at 17.40 , also adult Caspian Gull, c.20 Yellow-legged Gulls and Ringed Plover there

19 Oct          Great White Egret                Pitsford Res – one still late afternoon, in Scaldwell Bay, also 4 Pintail and Ringed Plover there

19 Oct          Rock Pipit                                 Stanford Res – one on the dam at 12.30 but not subsequently, also eclipse drake Red-crested Pochard and Osprey still this afternoon

Friday 18th October

18 Oct          Black-necked Grebe             Stanford Res – one again, also Osprey still

Thursday 17th October

17 Oct          Merlin                                        Blueberry Farm – a female behind the farm house this afternoon at 16.20

17 Oct          Firecrest                                   Titchmarsh Wood – one with tit flock this morning

17 Oct          Osprey                                       Stanford Res – one still present this morning at 09.30

17 Oct          Crossbill                                    Spratton – one over this morning

17 Oct          Scaup                                         Daventry CP – a female or first winter this morning, also several Crossbills over

Wednesday 16th October

16 Oct          Crossbill                                   Spratton – approximately 12 over this morning

16 Oct          Osprey                                       Stanford Res – one still present, mobile and favouring dead trees in reedbed on Leicestershire side

16 Oct          Green-winged Teal              Ditchford GP – REPORT BELOW WAS ERRONEOUS

16 Oct          Green-winged Teal              Ditchford GP – one late afternoon on Irthlingborough Meadows; Egyptian Goose at adjacent Stanwick GP where no sign of Glossy Ibis today

Tuesday 15th October

15 Oct          Glossy Ibis                               Stanwick GP – one reported again today, also Great White Egret but no details

15 Oct          Osprey                                       Stanford Res – one still present late afternoon, mobile but favouring dead trees in reedbed on Leicestershire side, also first-winter Little Gull still

15 Oct          Great White Egret                Pitsford Res – two still this afternoon, in Scaldwell Bay at 14.10

Monday 14th October

14 Oct          Gannet                                      Thrapston GP – juvenile still on Barclaycard Pit at dusk

14 Oct          Great White Egret                Pitsford Res – two reported again today, also Ruddy Shelduck in Walgrave Bay, 6+ Pintail, 3 Red-crested Pochards, 2 Green Sandpipers and male Stonechat in Scaldwell Bay

14 Oct          Gannet                                      Thrapston GP – juvenile still on Barclaycard Pit at 15.30

14 Oct          Gannet                                      Thrapston GP – juvenile still on Barclaycard Pit at 14.15, also adult Caspian Gull on island

14 Oct          Gannet                                      Thrapston GP – juvenile on Barclaycard Pit early afternoon

14 Oct          Red-crested Pochard          Wicksteed Park Lakes – one on the fishing lake this morning, also Goosander still

14 Oct          Ruff                                             Clifford Hill GP – one on the point this morning; no sign of Common Scoter or Arctic Tern

14 Oct          Rock Pipit                                Thrapston GP – one on Town Lake then flew toward Barclaycard Pit at 11.05, also first-winter Little Gull still and 4 Yellow-legged Gulls there this morning

14 Oct          Osprey                                       Stanford Res – one again mid-morning, then showing well in a tree on the Leicester side, also first-winter Little Gull still

Sunday 13th October 

13 Oct          Whooper Swan                      Boddington Res – three adults over north-east at 18.00

13 Oct          Great White Egret                Pitsford Res – two again north of the causeway, at the mouth of Holcot Bay at dusk, also 8 Pintail and 4 Goldeneye there

13 Oct          Common Scoter                     Clifford Hill GP – drake still on the main barrage lake at 15.50, also Red-crested Pochard on the River Nene there

13 Oct          Osprey                                       Stanford Res – one over at 15.15

13 Oct          Common Scoter                     Clifford Hill GP – drake still on the main barrage lake at 14.45, also juvenile Arctic Tern still, 10 Golden Plovers and 2 Dunlin there

13 Oct          Common Scoter                     Pitsford Res – two drakes off Moulton Grange Bay at 13.30, also Great White Egret in Holcot Bay, plus Curlew and Bar-tailed Godwit over south

13 Oct          Little Gull                                Stanford Res – a first-winter this morning

13 Oct          Common Scoter                     Clifford Hill GP – a drake on the main barrage lake late morning, also juvenile Arctic Tern and c350 Golden Plover there

13 Oct          Great White Egret                Stanwick GP – one still on the main lake late morning, also 2 Pintail and 2 Dunlin there

13 Oct          Rock Pipit                                Hollowell Res – one on Guilsborough Bay Point this morning

Saturday 12th October 

12 Oct          Great White Egret                Stanwick GP – one on the main lake at 16.30 but no further sign of the Glossy Ibis since the initial early afternoon sighting

12 Oct          Little Gull                                Summer Leys LNR – a first-winter this afternoon

12 Oct          Little Gull                                Thrapston GP – a first-winter on Town Lake this afternoon

12 Oct          Ring Ouzel                               Hellidon – one early afternoon only, also Greenland Wheatear and Brambling there

12 Oct          Glossy Ibis                               Stanwick GP – one flew west from easternmost pit and may have landed on A45 Lay-by Pit 12.55

12 Oct          Red-crested Pochard          Stanford Res – eclipse drake still this morning, also 3 Goldeneye, Curlew over east and Brambling there

12 Oct          Great White Egret                Pitsford Res – still north of the causeway, in Scaldwell Bay, at 11.30

12 Oct          Red-breasted Merganser   Clifford Hill GP – a ‘redhead’ on the main barrage lake this morning, still present 11.25

Friday 11th October

11 Oct          Mediterranean Gull            Daventry CP – a first-winter this evening

11 Oct          Great White Egret                Pitsford Res – still north of the causeway, between Scaldwell and Walgrave Bays, at 17.00

11 Oct          Great White Egret                Stanwick GP – still in the north-east corner of the main lake at 13.15

11 Oct          Great White Egret                Pitsford Res – one in the mouth of Holcot Bay at 10.20

11 Oct          Hen Harrier                            Summer Leys LNR – a ‘ringtail’ flew west at 10.00

11 Oct          Whooper Swan                      Thrapston GP – six flew south-west at 09.10, another flew north-east at 08.00, also adult Caspian Gull on Town Lake 08.45, 6 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, 2 Pintail and 6 Bramblings over west

11 Oct          Whooper Swan                      Hollowell Res – nine adults briefly at 08.45, then flew east

11 Oct          Great White Egret                Stanwick GP – one on the main lake at 08.25

Thursday 10th October 

10 Oct          Whooper Swan                      Stanwick GP – six flew east at 18.10

10 Oct          Great White Egret                Pitsford Res – one still north of the causeway, in Holcot Bay this afternoon at 14.30

10 Oct          Ring Ouzel                               Hollowell Res – male in hedge between the feeder stream car park and the small copse but elusive (14.00)

10 Oct          Common Scoter                     Hollowell Res – five (2 drakes) this afternoon, also Pintail; at nearby Ravensthorpe Res – one female Common Scoter, adult Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Siskins (plus leucistic Black-headed Gull and partial albino Coot)

10 Oct          Goosander                               Wicksteed Park Lakes – one on the Fishing Lake this morning is first of the autumn

Wednesday 9th October 

09 Oct          Azorean Yellow-legged Gull  Stanwick GP – no sign of adult this evening, but adult Peregrine, 38 Little Egrets and Dunlin there

09 Oct          Great White Egret                Pitsford Res – two still north of the causeway, in Walgrave Bay this this afternoon, also Common Sandpiper there and 4 Ringed Plovers plus Dunlin east of the dam

Tuesday 8th October

08 Oct          Azorean Yellow-legged Gull  Stanwick GP – adult again in the pre-roost very briefly this evening (17.00), also adult Caspian Gull, c30 Yellow-legged Gulls and Dunlin there

08 Oct          Great White Egret                Pitsford Res – two still north of the causeway this afternoon, also 2  Ruddy Shelducks and Green Sandpiper plus 3  Ringed Plovers  and Dunlin by the dam

08 Oct          Mediterranean Gull             Daventry CP – a first-winter late morning

08 Oct          Great White Egret                Pitsford Res – two in Scaldwell Bay at 11.10

Monday 7th October

07 Oct         Garganey                                   Summer Leys LNR – three this afternoon (two on the scrape, the other on Brayshaw’s Bund), also 4-5 Pintail and a Goldeneye

07 Oct         Ruff                                              Daventry CP – one present

Sunday 6th October

06 Oct         Grey Plover                               Stanwick GP  – one still this morning until 09.30, when it flew off; no sign of the 2 Little Stints today

Saturday 5th October 

05 Oct         Brambling                                 Summer Leys LNR – a female at the feeding station

05 Oct         Brambling                                 Stanford Res – first of the winter there today

05 Oct         Caspian Gull                            Stanwick GP  – a forth-winter this evening, also 2 Little Stints still plus Grey Plover, Black-tailed Godwit and Dunlin there

05 Oct         Black-necked Grebe              Stanford Res – one at the mouth of Blower’s Lodge Bay at 13.00, also eclipse drake Red-crested Pochard there

05 Oct         Garganey                                   Clifford Hill GP – eclipse drake on the main barrage lake early afternoon (12.20), also Whinchat on the fence behind the Premier Inn plus 2 Ringed Plovers and 2 Dunlin there

05 Oct         Grey Plover                               Hollowell Res – one flew east at 09.25, also Pintail, 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls and Yellow Wagtail there

05 Oct         Ruddy Shelduck                     Pitsford Res – two still this morning, north of the causeway, in Walgrave Bay, also 6 Ringed Plovers, 3 Dunlin and 1-2 Yellow-legged Gulls there (all near the dam)

05 Oct         Little Stint                                Stanwick GP  – two still plus Grey Plover and Dunlin this morning

05 Oct         Black-tailed Godwit             Daventry CP – fifteen this morning (08.10)

Friday 4th October

04 Oct         Caspian Gull                            Stanwick GP  – four this evening (2 adults, second-winter and third-winter)

04 Oct         Grey Plover                              Stanwick GP  – one still at 16.20 along with 2 Little Stints and Dunlin on lake opposite visitor centre

04 Oct         Garganey                                   Ravensthorpe Res – one on the ‘small side’ this afternoon, also Green Sandpiper and 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls there; Pintail, adult Yellow-legged Gull and Yellow Wagtail at nearby Hollowell Res

04 Oct         Ruddy Shelduck                     Pitsford Res – now two just south of the causeway

04 Oct         Little Stint                                Stanwick GP  – two still and a Dunlin on lake opposite visitor centre this morning

Thursday 3rd October

03 Oct         Grey Plover                              Stanwick GP  – one still this evening, also 2 Little Stints and 2 Dunlin on lake opposite visitor centre plus 2 adult Caspian Gulls and c.50 Yellow-legged Gulls there

03 Oct          Mediterranean Gull             Boddington Res – a first-winter late-PM, also Yellow-legged Gull

03 Oct          Great White Egret                Thrapston GP – one this morning, flew over Elinor Trout Lake and landed on Barclaycard Pit

03 Oct          Great White Egret                Ditchford GP – still this morning until 10.30, when it flew off

03 Oct          Scaup                                          Boddington Res – juvenile briefly this morning then flew south at 10.30

Wednesday 2nd October

02 Oct          Mediterranean Gull             Boddington Res – two first-winters late-PM

02 Oct          Great White Egret                Ditchford GP – one this afternoon at 13.30, on third pit west of the A6 bridge, viewable from old railway track

02 Oct          Ruff                                             Clifford Hill GP – two on the main barrage lake also 49 Golden Plovers, 2 Ringed Plovers and Dunlin there

02 Oct         Grey Plover                              Stanwick GP  – one again this afternoon, also 2 Little Stints and Dunlin on lake opposite visitor centre and 24 Golden Plovers there

Tuesday 1st October 

01 Oct          Caspian Gull                           Stanwick GP  – three adults at evening pre-roost, also 60+ Yellow-legged Gulls and Pintail plus Grey Plover and 2 Little Stints still present

01 Oct          Ruff                                             Clifford Hill GP – one on the main barrage lake also 2 Ringed Plovers and Dunlin there

01 Oct          Grey Plover                              Stanwick GP  – back on the islands in lake by visitor centre at midday

01 Oct          Little Stint                               Stanwick GP  – two flew east from islands in lake opposite visitor centre at 09.15; no sign of Grey Plover there this morning

Monday 30th September

30 Sep          Caspian Gull                           Stanwick GP  – five (2 adults and 3 second-years) in the pre-roost late evening, also 110 Yellow-legged Gulls, 3 Pintail plus Grey Plover and 2 Little Stints still present

30 Sep          Little Stint                               Stanwick GP  – two still on islands in lake opposite visitor centre this evening and Grey Plover still plus Caspian Gull this morning

30 Sep          Marsh Harrier                        Harrington AF – one between 2nd and 3rd bunkers this afternoon, also Northern Wheatear by 2nd bunker

30 Sep          Garganey                                  Clifford Hill GP – two on the main barrage Lake this afternoon, also Ruff and Northern Wheatear there

30 Sep          Caspian Gull                           Ditchford GP – four this afternoon

30 Sep          Grey Plover                              Daventry CP – one flew east with 4 Dunlin at 11.55

Sunday 29th September

29 Sep          Little Stint                               Stanwick GP  – two on islands in lake opposite visitor centre (16.15) and Grey Plover still this afternoon

29 Sep          Ruddy Shelduck                    Pitsford Res – still present, in mouth of Moulton Grange Bay at midday, also 8 Ringed Plovers, 3 Green Sandpipers, adult Yellow-legged Gull and Hobby there

29 Sep          Grey Plover                              Stanwick GP  – one still this morning, on islands in A45 Lay-by Pit, also Dunlin on lake opposite visitor centre and Caspian Gull on main lake

29 Sep          Bar-tailed Godwit                Thrapston GP – at least one still on new scrapes at Barclaycard Pit this morning, also Hobby there

29 Sep          Grey Plover                              Pitsford Res – one flew south early morning

Saturday 28th September

28 Sep          Caspian Gull                           Ditchford GP five this evening

28 Sep          Grey Plover                              Stanwick GP  one on islands in lake opposite visitor centre at 18.30 but no sign of yesterday’s Azorean Yellow-legged Gull

28 Sep          Grey Plover                              Hollowell Res – one at 08.45 this morning but not since; eclipse drake Red-crested Pochard at nearby Stanford Res

28 Sep          Bar-tailed Godwit                Thrapston GP – two still on new scrapes at Barclaycard Pit this morning, also 2 Hobbies there

28 Sep          Redwing                                    Stanford Res – one trapped and ringed this morning is the first of the autumn

28 Sep          Whinchat                                 Clifford Hill GP – one still on the fence behind the Premier Inn 08.15, also Ruff and 3 Dunlin on the main barrage Lake

Friday 27th September

27 Sep          Azorean Yellow-legged Gull Stanwick GP – an adult showing characteristics of this race on the main lake before flying toward the A45 Lay-by Pit at 18.05, also 2-4 Caspian Gulls and up to 100 Yellow-legged Gulls there

27 Sep          Caspian Gull                           Daventry CP – an adult plus a first-winter Mediterranean Gull there at 17.40

27 Sep          Little Stint                               Pitsford Res – one in Moulton Grange Bay at midday, also 5 Ringed Plovers, Curlew through and Yellow-legged Gull there

27 Sep          Whinchat                                 Clifford Hill GP – one on the fence behind the Premier Inn early-AM, also 3 Ruff and 3 Dunlin on the main barrage Lake

Thursday 26th September

26 Sep          Black-tailed Godwit            Summer Leys LNR – one on the scrape this evening (18.00)

26 Sep          Caspian Gull                           Daventry CP – a juvenile this afternoon, also 2 Common Sandpipers there

26 Sep          Ruddy Shelduck                    Pitsford Res – still present, in Walgrave Bay at 13.45

26 Sep          Garganey                                  Summer Leys LNR – two this morning, also Peregrine and Ringed Plover there

Wednesday 25th September 

25 Sep          Ruff                                             Wicksteed Park Lake – one on the drained lake bed this evening

25 Sep          Osprey                                       Hardingstone – one flew west over Hardingstone and Delapre Golf Course at 13.30

25 Sep          Ruddy Shelduck                    Pitsford Res – still present, north of the causeway, at mouth of Holcot Bay this morning, also Greenshank in Moulton Grange Bay

Tuesday 23rd September

24 Sep          Whinchat                                 Maidwell – four at Blueberry Farm again today

24 Sep          Ruddy Shelduck                    Pitsford Res – still present, north of the causeway at the mouth of Holcot Bay this afternoon, also 2 Greenshanks, 7 Ringed Plovers and 3 Yellow-legged Gulls by the dam

Monday 23rd September

23 Sep          Ruddy Shelduck                    Pitsford Res – still present, north of the causeway at 18.00, also 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls and Redshank there

23 Sep          Marsh Harrier                        Harrington AF – male hunting the top fields this morning, also Turtle Dove, 2 Whinchats and Northern Wheatear there

Sunday 22nd September 

22 Sep          Marsh Harrier                        Brampton Valley – a juvenile between Hanging Houghton and Cottesbrooke this afternoon flew toward Haselbech at 16.00, also male Merlin, 2 Hobbies and 4+ Whinchats there

22 Sep          Bar-tailed Godwit                Thrapston GP – two still on new scrapes at Barclaycard Pit at 13.00

22 Sep          Ruddy Shelduck                    Pitsford Res – still present, north of the causeway at the mouth of Holcot Bay at 12.25

Saturday 21st September 

21 Sep          Spotted Redshank                Pitsford Res – moulting still Moulton Grange Bay at 15.30, also Ruddy Shelduck, escaped Bar-headed Goose, Garganey, 3 Goldeneye, 3 Pintail, Ruff, 2 Greenshank, 4 Ringed Plovers and Common Sandpiper; 14 more Ringed Plovers flew south at 12.30

21 Sep          Little Stint                               Clifford Hill GP – a juvenile on the north shore of the main barrage lake with 2 Dunlin and a Ringed Plover at 15.30, also Garganey there; the two ‘Ross’s Geese’ reported with the mixed goose flock earlier are white, domesticated geese

21 Sep          Spotted Redshank                Pitsford Res – a moulting adult between Pitsford end of the dam and Moulton Grange Bay early afternoon (13.20), also Ringed Plover, Ruff and Greenshank there

21 Sep          Bar-tailed Godwit                Thrapston GP – two on new scrapes at Barclaycard Pit at midday

21 Sep          Ruddy Shelduck                    Pitsford Res – still present, north of the dam this morning

21 Sep          Ross’s Goose                            Clifford Hill GP – now 2 escapees this morning, also 2 Dunlin and 2 Ruff there

21 Sep          Garganey                                  Summer Leys LNR – one still on scrape this morning, also 5 Ringed Plovers there

21 Sep          Whinchat                                 Harrington AF – one by the first bunker this morning

Friday 20th September

20 Sep          Ross’s Goose                            Clifford Hill GP – escaped individual present this afternoon, also 2 Dunlin

20 Sep          Ruddy Shelduck                    Pitsford Res – still present, north of the dam near Yacht Bay, at 16.40

20 Sep          Garganey                                  Summer Leys LNR – one mid-afternoon, also Hobby, Ringed Plover and 2 juvenile Black-tailed Godwits there

20 Sep          Ruddy Shelduck                    Pitsford Res – still present, just south of the causeway, early afternoon

Thursday 19th September

19 Sep          Whinchat                                 Maidwell – eight at Blueberry Farm this afternoon, also Peregrine and 2 Hobbies there

19 Sep          Wood Sandpiper                   Wicksteed Park Lake – one on drained Lake during the morning

19 Sep          Garganey                                  Summer Leys LNR – an eclipse drake from Pioneer Hide today

19 Sep          Ruddy Shelduck                    Pitsford Res – still present this morning

Wednesday 18th September

18 Sep          Ruddy Shelduck                    Pitsford Res – still in Pintail Bay this evening, also 31 Pink-footed Geese flew west there at 16.50

18 Sep          Ruddy Shelduck                    Pitsford Res – still in Pintail Bay this afternoon (16.00), also 1-2 Hobbies north of the causeway and 2 Whinchats near Maytrees Hide

18 Sep          Short-eared Owl                    Maidwell – two at Blueberry Farm this morning, also Hobby, 14 Golden Plover over and 6 Whinchats still

18 Sep          Ruddy Shelduck                    Pitsford Res – still in Pintail Bay this morning (10.30) plus 2 Greenshanks

Tuesday 17th September 

17 Sep          Ruddy Shelduck                    Pitsford Res – still south of the causeway with Greylags this morning

17 Sep           Merlin                                       Harrington AF – male today, also Northern Wheatear

Monday 16th September

16 Sep          Mediterranean Gull             Pitsford Res – a first-winter in the gull roost, also 2 Yellow-legged Gulls; 6 Whinchats still at nearby Blueberry Farm, Maidwell

16 Sep          Whinchat                                 Sywell CP – one on fence on north side

16 Sep          Ruddy Shelduck                    Pitsford Res – still in Pintail Bay with geese at 15.30

16 Sep          Ruddy Shelduck                    Pitsford Res – one again south of the causeway, in Pintail Bay with geese this morning

Sunday 15th September

15 Sep          Ruff                                              Pitsford Res  – two below the car park at the Pitsford end of the dam this morning, also 2 Greenshanks and a Yellow Wagtail there, plus Goldeneye, Hobby, Ringed Plover and adult Yellow-legged Gull north of the causeway

Saturday 14th September

14 Sep          Short-eared Owl                     Maidwell – one reported on the northern side of Blueberry Farm this evening, also 6 Whinchats there

14 Sep          Whinchat                                  Boddington Res – one along the fence line just west of the dam this afternoon, also 2 Common Sandpipers there

14 Sep          Whinchat                                  Borough Hill – one this afternoon

14 Sep           Curlew Sandpiper                Clifford Hill GP – juvenile still on north shore of main barrage lake mid-afternoon, also 3 Ringed Plovers, 7 Dunlin and Hobby there

14 Sep          Whinchat                                  Pitsford Res  – two north of the causeway this afternoon, also Hobby, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper and Yellow Wagtail there

14 Sep          Arctic Tern                               Hollowell Res – a juvenile by the dam at 12.30, also juvenile Little Ringed Plover, juvenile Ringed Plover, 3 Common Snipe, Common Sandpiper, adult Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Common Terns and c.10 Yellow Wagtails there

14 Sep          Garganey                                   Summer Leys LNR – seven present, also 2 Pintail and Ruff there

14 Sep           Curlew Sandpiper                Clifford Hill GP – juvenile still on north shore of main barrage lake at midday, also 6 Dunlin there

14 Sep           Common Redstart                Harrington AF – one in bushes on the left of the concrete track, 200 m before the shooting wall this morning, also Hobby, Golden Plover and Northern Wheatear there

14 Sep           Curlew Sandpiper                Clifford Hill GP – a juvenile on the spit on the main barrage lake (08.20), also Garganey, 4 Ringed Plovers and 5 Dunlin there

Friday 13th September

13 Sep          Whinchat                                  Pitsford Res  – one in Scaldwell Bay, also 3 Pintail, Green Sandpiper and adult Yellow-legged Gull there

13 Sep          Garganey                                   Summer Leys LNR – five this morning, also 2 Pintail, Ruff and Dunlin there

Thursday 12th September

12 Sep          Ruddy Shelduck                    Pitsford Res – one south of the causeway today

12 Sep          Common Scoter                     Stanwick GP – a ‘female-type’ on the easternmost pit this evening

12 Sep          Ruff                                             Pitsford Res – one near the dam, below the Pitsford village car park this morning, also 2 Greenshanks there

12 Sep          Whinchat                                 Maidwell – at least 2 still at Blueberry Farm this morning, also 2 Northern Wheatears there

Wednesday 11th September

11 Sep          Curlew                                       Stanwick GP – nine on the main lake early evening

11 Sep          Whinchat                                 Maidwell – three still in southernmost field at Blueberry Farm this morning

Tuesday 10th September

10 Sep          Crossbill                                    Stanwick GP – four over this evening, also 3 Common Sandpipers, 8 Yellow-legged Gulls and 3 Yellow Wagtails there

10 Sep          Marsh Harrier                         Harrington AF – one again this morning, near the pond, also Turtle Dove; at nearby Pitsford Res, 2 Red-crested Pochards still in Scaldwell Bay, also Goldeneye, 2 Green Sandpipers and Common Sandpiper and Tree Pipit there plus 2 Ringed Plovers, 2 Ruff, 3 Greenshanks and 3-4 Common Sandpipers south of the causeway and at nearby Blueberry Farm, Maidwell 6 Whinchats and a Northern Wheatear

Monday 9th September 

09 Sep          Osprey                                         Maidwell – one again at Blueberry Farm this morning, also Hobby, Merlin and 4 Whinchats

09 Sep          Garganey                                   Summer Leys LNR – one still this morning, also Dunlin there

Sunday 8th September

08 Sep          Bittern                                        Summer Leys LNR – one this afternoon flew from left of Pioneer Hide toward Rotary Hide and had previously been showing well on the scrape between 08.30 and 09.45, plus eclipse drake Pintail and 3 Dunlin

08 Sep          Osprey                                        Pitsford Res – one over the causeway at 14.00, also 2 Red-crested Pochards still, Goldeneye, and Green Sandpiper there

08 Sep          Marsh Harrier                         Brampton Valley – one still between Hanging Houghton and Cottesbrooke/Blueberry Farm this afternoon, also Hobby and 4 Whinchats still there

08 Sep          Osprey                                         Stanwick GP one over west mid-morning, later seen at nearby Ditchford GP

Saturday 7th September 

07 Sep          Marsh Harrier                         Brampton Valley – one still between Hanging Houghton and Cottesbrooke this afternoon, plus 3 Whinchats

07 Sep          Red-crested Pochard           Pitsford Res – two still north of the causeway, also Goldeneye, 2 Greenshanks, and 3 Common Sandpipers there

07 Sep          Whinchat                                   Maidwell – at least one still at Blueberry Farm

07 Sep          Garganey                                    Summer Leys – one present, also Dunlin there

07 Sep          Osprey                                         Maidwell – one flew west over Blueberry Farm at 10.40

Friday 6th September

06 Sep          Red-crested Pochard           Pitsford Res – two still north of the causeway, also Goldeneye, 2 Ringed Plovers, Dunlin. 2 Greenshanks, Green Sandpiper and 4 Common Sandpipers there

06 Sep          Marsh Harrier                         Harrington AF – one again today, also Golden Plover over; Marsh Harrier and 8 Whinchats stillat nearby Blueberry Farm, Maidwell this evening

06 Sep          Osprey                                         Hollowell Res – one flew south at 16.10, also juvenile Marsh Harrier east at 16.05, plus 2 juvenile Little Ringed Plovers, juvenile Mediterranean Gull and adult Yellow-legged Gull there

Thursday 5th September

05 Sep          Marsh Harrier                         Harrington AF – one again near the pond today (07.30), also Whimbrel over and 2 Turtle Doves there; Marsh Harrier, Hobby and 8 Whinchats at nearby Blueberry Farm, Maidwell this evening

Wednesday 4th September

04 Sep          Red-crested Pochard           Pitsford Res – two from the feeding station north of the causeway, also Goldeneye, Ruff, 2 Greenshanks and 4 Common Sandpipers there; 4 Whinchats still at nearby Blueberry Farm, Maidwell

Tuesday 3rd September

03 Sep          Marsh Harrier                         Harrington AF – one again today, also Osprey over, Hobby and 2 Turtle Doves there; 4 Whinchats still at nearby Blueberry Farm

03 Sep          Garganey                                   Summer Leys LNR – one this evening (17.00), also Pintail, Hobby and 2 Dunlin there

03 Sep          Caspian Gull                            Daventry CP – an advanced juvenile/moulting first-winter at midday, then flew south

03 Sep          Black-tailed Godwit             Summer Leys LNR – one from the screen hide this morning (10.00)

Monday 2nd September

02 Sep          Black-tailed Godwit             Summer Leys LNR – four briefly on the scrape early afternoon

, also 4 Whinchats in the southernmost field of the Blueberry Farm complex; Goldeneye, 3 Common Sandpipers and Greenshank at nearby Pitsford Res

02 Sep          Crossbill                                    Salcey Forest – approximately 20 this morning

02 Sep          Red-crested Pochard           Pitsford Res – one in Walgrave Bay this morning, also Peregrine but no sign of Black-necked Grebe

Sunday 1st September 

01 Sep          Black-necked Grebe              Pitsford Res – one still in Walgrave Bay at 14.35; nearby, 4 Whinchats still between Hanging Houghton and Cottesbrooke

01 Sep          Black-necked Grebe              Pitsford Res – one in Walgrave Bay mid-morning

01 Sep          Marsh Harrier                         Harrington AF – one again this morning

Saturday 31st August

31 Aug          Marsh Harrier                         Brampton Valley – one again between Hanging Houghton and Cottesbrooke early evening, also Osprey over toward Haselbech and 4 Whinchats

31 Aug          Whinchat                                  Harrington AF – one during the afternoon, also Hobby and Northern Wheatear but no further sign of Ring Ouzel

31 Aug          Ring Ouzel                                 Harrington AF – female/juvenile again this morning at 10.00; flew briefly from hedge on main track in dip just before hay bales, also Turtle Dove and 1-2 Common Redstarts

Friday 30th August

30 Aug          Turnstone                                  Daventry CP – one present in the afternoon

30 Aug          Caspian Gull                             Pitsford Res – a juvenile in the gull roost off the yacht club this evening, also juvenile Mediterranean Gull and 6 Yellow-legged Gulls there

30 Aug          Ring Ouzel                                 Harrington AF – a juvenile by the second bunker this evening, also Hobby, Short-eared Owl and 2 Turtle Doves there; 4 Whinchats at nearby Blueberry Farm, Maidwell

30 Aug          Black-tailed Godwit              Summer Leys LNR – five on the scrape early afternoon, also eclipse drake Pintail there

Thursday 29th August 

29 Aug          Red-crested Pochard           Stanwick GP – eclipse drake still, also Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpipers, Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshanks, 3 Common Snipe and c.25 Yellow-legged Gulls today

29 Aug          Common Redstart                 Yardley Chase – male still in Denton Wood this afternoon

29 Aug          Osprey                                        Pitsford Res – one south of the causeway at 11.15, also 2 female Red-crested Pochards, Goldeneye, 2 Black-tailed Godwits and 2 Greenshanks there

29 Aug          Marsh Harrier                         Brampton Valley – one again over wheat fields between Hanging Houghton and Cottesbrooke this morning, also 4 Whinchats, Common Redstart and Northern Wheatear

Wednesday 28th August

28 Aug          Common Redstart                 Yardley Chase – a male in Denton Wood this afternoon

28 Aug          Osprey                                        Pitsford Res – one again in Scaldwell Bay at midday, also Garganey, 2 female Red-crested Pochards, Goldeneye, 2 Greenshank and 4-6 Common Sandpipers there

28 Aug          Ruff                                              Summer Leys LNR – one in the wader bay this morning, also 8 Pintail (6 briefly on the slips then flew SE at 08.50, one on the slips at 09.30, one in the wader bay 09.45), Ringed Plover and 5 Common Snipe there

28 Aug          Tree Pipit                                  Brackley – one over south-east at 07.20

Tuesday 27th August 

27 Aug          Marsh Harrier                         Brampton Valley – one over wheat fields between Hanging Houghton and Cottesbrooke at 19.50; earlier 2 Crossbills over Hanging Houghton

27 Aug          Black-necked Grebe              Stanwick GP – one in the northeast corner of the main lake early evening

27 Aug          Marsh Harrier                         Summer Leys LNR – one over at 14.20

27 Aug          Red-crested Pochard           Stanwick GP – eclipse drake still on A45 Lay-by Pit, also Garganey there and Dunlin by visitor centre

27 Aug          Red-crested Pochard           Stanwick GP – eclipse drake still, also 2 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper plus Black-tailed Godwit and Greenshank both flew west early morning

Monday 26th August 

26 Aug          Marsh Harrier                         Maidwell – a juvenile at Blueberry Farm this afternoon flew toward Haselbech at 16.30, also 6 Whinchats in the southernmost field

26 Aug          Black-tailed Godwit              Summer Leys LNR – one in the wader bay this afternoon, also Ringed Plover, Ruff and Green Sandpipers there

26 Aug          Curlew                                         Clifford Hill GP – one this morning, also 13 Wigeon and 3 Ringed Plovers there

Sunday 25th August

25 Aug          Mediterranean Gull              Pitsford Res – two juveniles in the gull roost off the yacht club this evening, also 6 Yellow-legged Gulls ,6 Common Terns and adult Black Tern  there; 4 Whinchats at nearby Blueberry Farm, in the southernmost field of the complex

25 Aug          Black Tern                                Welford Res – two juveniles this afternoon, also 7 Common Terns and 2 Common Sandpipers there; Ruff and 5 Common Terns at nearby Hollowell Res

25 Aug          Common Redstart                 Spratton – one in a private garden

25 Aug          Black-tailed Godwit             Summer Leys LNR – one on the scrape early afternoon, also Ringed Plover, Greenshank and 4 Green Sandpipers there

25 Aug          Marsh Harrier                         Harrington AF – one near the pond again this morning, also 2 Turtle Doves and Common Redstart still in bushes west of concrete track, by the straw bale stacks

25 Aug          Whimbrel                                 Stanwick GP – two west mid-morning, also Red-crested Pochard, Peregrine, 2 Dunlin and Greenshank there

Saturday 24th August 

24 Aug          Black Tern                                Thrapston GP – forty-five on Town Lake at 17.30

24 Aug          Mediterranean Gull              Pitsford Res – a juvenile in the gull roost off the yacht club this evening, also 10 Yellow-legged Gulls there

24 Aug          Osprey                                        Pitsford Res – one again fishing in Scaldwell Bay at 17.25, also 2 female Red-crested Pochards, Goldeneye, 4 Ruff, 2 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpipers, adult Yellow-legged Gull and Common Redstart there

24 Aug          Caspian Gull                            Stanwick GP – a juvenile by the visitor centre early evening, also Ruff, 4 Dunlin, 15 Yellow-legged Gulls and 9 Ruff flew west but no further sign of the Little Gull or Arctic Terns

24 Aug          Little Gull                                 Stanwick GP – a juvenile on the main lake at 17.25, also 2 Arctic Terns still present

24 Aug          Red-crested Pochard           Summer Leys LNR – two fawn-coloured individuals late afternoon, also Garganey, Ringed Plover, Black-tailed Godwit and 4 Green Sandpipers there

24 Aug          Ruff                                             Stanwick GP – twenty on the A45 Lay-by Pit late afternoon

24 Aug          Grey Plover                              Summer Leys LNR – two on the slips this morning

24 Aug          Tree Pipit                                 Stanford Res – one flew low east this morning at 09.05, also 4 Red-crested Pochards there; juvenile Ruff, Common Sandpiper and 2 Yellow Wagtails at nearby Hollowell Res

24 Aug          Osprey                                       Pitsford Res – one fishing in Scaldwell Bay at 10.30 this morning

24 Aug          Short-eared Owl                    Maidwell – one reported at Blueberry Farm this morning

24 Aug          Marsh Harrier                        Stanwick GP – a juvenile this morning, also       eclipse drake Red-crested Pochard, Turnstone, 8 Snipe, 2 Redshank. Ruff, 4 Dunlin 2 juvenile Arctic Terns and 5 Crossbills flew east

24 Aug          Black Tern                                Summer Leys LNR – six on the main lake this morning, also Ringed Plover, 9 Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank and 3 Green Sandpipers there

Friday 23rd August

23 Aug         Blue-headed Wagtail            Welford Res – one on dam with c.12 Yellow Wagtails late PM

23 Aug          Red-crested Pochard           Pitsford Res – two females from Maytrees Hide this evening, also Goldeneye there

23 Aug          Marsh Harrier                         Harrington AF – a ‘cream-crown’ again this afternoon at 14.15, over fields below the pond

23 Aug          Marsh Harrier                         Ditchford GP – a juvenile west of Ditchford Lane at 13.10, also 2 Egyptian Geese, 2 Hobbies, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Common Redstart, Cuckoo and 2 Whinchats there

23 Aug          Black-tailed Godwit              Summer Leys LNR – one on the scrape this morning, also Greenshank and Green Sandpiper there

23 Aug          Red-crested Pochard            Stanwick GP – eclipse drake still on the A45 Lay-by Pit this morning, also 2 Little Ringed Plovers, Ruff and 4 Dunlin there

23 Aug          Common Redstart                  Harrington AF – two in bushes near straw bales west of concrete track this morning also Turtle Doves and Cuckoo there

Thursday 22nd August

22 Aug          Mediterranean Gull              Pitsford Res – two juveniles in the roost off the yacht club this evening, also 4 Yellow-legged Gulls there

22 Aug          Red-crested Pochard           Stanwick GP – eclipse drake still this evening, also 2 Little Ringed Plovers, Ruff, 6 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper and c.20 Yellow-legged Gulls there

22 Aug         Whinchat                                   Maidwell – four in the southernmost field of Blueberry Farm next to the Cottesbrooke/Hanging Houghton track this afternoon

22 Aug          Osprey                                        Pitsford Res – one again today, also Garganey and Goldeneye from Maytrees Hide

22 Aug          Marsh Harrier                         Harrington AF – one again this morning also 2 Turtle Doves and 6 Crossbills over west

22 Aug          Black-tailed Godwit              Daventry CP – four flew east at 07.34 this morning, also Common Sandpiper and 5 Green Sandpipers but no sign of yesterday’s Black-necked Grebe

Wednesday 21st August

21 Aug         Whinchat                                   Hanging Houghton – four in the Brampton Valley below the village this evening

21 Aug          Caspian Gull                            Stanwick GP – two (adult and juvenile) this evening, also eclipse drake Red-crested Pochard, Ruff, 7 Dunlin, 3 Green Sandpipers and 30+ Yellow-legged Gulls there

21 Aug          Osprey                                        Hanging Houghton – one over west at 11.30, also Stonechat, 2 Whinchats and Northern Wheatear below the village in Brampton Valley

21 Aug          Marsh Harrier                         Harrington AF – one still this morning also Turtle Dove and Cuckoo there; adult Yellow-legged Gull and Green Sandpiper north of the causeway at nearby Pitsford Res

21 Aug          Osprey                                        Quinton – one over at 11.30

21 Aug          Marsh Harrier                         Boddington Res – one flew west at 10.43

21 Aug          Woodchat Shrike                  Harrington AF – no sign of juvenile so far this morning

21 Aug          Black-necked Grebe             Daventry CP – one this morning, also juvenile Mediterranean Gull    

Tuesday 20th August 

20 Aug          Red-crested Pochard           Stanwick GP – eclipse drake still this evening, also 2 Dunlin, Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpipers and 20+ Yellow-legged Gulls there

20 Aug          Woodchat Shrike                  Harrington AF – juvenile still north of first bunker by green trailer SP773777 at 18.45, showing well

20 Aug          Woodchat Shrike                  Harrington AF – juvenile still north of first bunker by green trailer SP773777 at 16.20

20 Aug          shrike sp.                                  Harrington AF – juvenile, thought possibly to be a Woodchat, north of first bunker SP773777 at 11.20 (will be looked for this afternoon)

20 Aug          Red-crested Pochard           Summer Leys LNR – eclipse drake on the main lake this morning

20 Aug          Osprey                                        Harrington AF – one flew toward Pitsford Res at 10.25

20 Aug          Common Redstart                 Woodford Halse – one in a hedgerow by the River Cherwell at 07.00

Monday 19th August

19 Aug          Marsh Harrier                         Harrington AF – a ‘cream-crown’ still present, west of the concrete track also Turtle Dove there

19 Aug          Black-tailed Godwit              Summer Leys LNR – two this morning, also 4 Common Snipe and 2 Greenshanks there

Sunday 18th August

18 Aug          Marsh Harrier                         Harrington AF – a ‘cream-crown’ still present, also Turtle Dove, Tree Pipit and 6 Crossbills; Tree Pipit and 2 Crossbills over Hanging Houghton and Marsh Harrier, Osprey and 2 Hobbies in nearby Brampton Valley/Blueberry Farm area

Saturday 17th August

17 Aug          Whinchat                                  Brampton Valley – two below Hanging Houghton and a Northern Wheatear there

17 Aug          Osprey                                        Pitsford Res – one caught a fish in Scaldwell Bay at 17.15

17 Aug          Ross’s Goose                             Stanwick GP – presumed escape still present this evening, also juvenile Peregrine, 2 Dunlin and c.20 Yellow-legged Gull there

17 Aug          Great White Egret                 Pitsford Res – one again between the causeway and Catwalk Bay this morning, also Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper and 2 Common Sandpipers there

Friday 16th August

16 Aug          Marsh Harrier                         Weedon – a ‘cream-crown’ flew west at 17.25

16 Aug          Marsh Harrier                         Harrington AF – a ‘cream-crown’ still present west of the track, also Curlew over, Turtle Dove and Common Redstart there; Common Redstart and 2 Whinchats in nearby Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton this evening

16 Aug          Ruff                                              Daventry CP – two today, also 5 Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers and juvenile Yellow-legged Gull

Thursday 15th August

15 Aug          Marsh Harrier                          Maidwell – two ‘cream-crowns’ plus 6 Whinchats

15 Aug          Osprey                                         Pitsford Res – one over, also Goldeneye and 2 Common Sandpipers

15 Aug          Marsh Harrier                          Harrington AF – a ‘cream-crown’ still present, also 2 Crossbills over

Wednesday 14th August

14 Aug          Red-crested Pochard            Stanwick GP – eclipse drake still present this evening, also Ruff, 2 Greenshanks, 3 Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Dunlin, 2 Little Ringed Plovers and 22 Yellow-legged Gull there

14 Aug          Osprey                                         Pitsford Res – one circling at 12.25 before heading south

14 Aug          Marsh Harrier                          Harrington AF – a ‘cream-crown’ still present

Tuesday 13th August 

13 Aug          Osprey                                         Maidwell – one again over Blueberry Farm today, also 6 Whinchats

13 Aug          Marsh Harrier                          Harrington AF – a ‘cream-crown’ flew west at 12.10

13 Aug          Mediterranean Gull               Daventry CP – a juvenile this morning

13 Aug          Bittern                                         Summer Leys LNR – one from Pioneer Hide at 09.45

13 Aug          Garganey                                    Stanwick GP – still on the main lake this morning, also eclipse drake Red-crested Pochard still present on A45 Lay-by Pit plus Whimbrel, Green Sandpiper, 5 Yellow-legged Gulls, 3 Crossbills over east and Ross’s Goose still there

Monday 12th August 

12 Aug          Marsh Harrier                          Harrington AF – two ‘cream-crowns’ again this evening between the pond and the Brampton Valley way seen from the footpath which leads from Draughton Village and runs parallel with the main track, also Common Redstart there

12 Aug          Garganey                                    Stanwick GP – one on the main lake this evening, also eclipse drake Red-crested Pochard still present on A45 Lay-by Pit and c.10 Yellow-legged Gulls there

12 Aug          Red-crested Pochard            Pitsford Res – two females in Scaldwell Bay, also Goldeneye and 2 Common Sandpipers there

12 Aug          Osprey                                         Maidwell – one again over Blueberry Farm this morning, also 6 Whinchats

12 Aug          Red-crested Pochard            Stanwick GP – eclipse drake still present on A45 Lay-by Pit, also 11 Black-tailed Godwits and adult Yellow-legged Gull there

12 Aug          Tree Pipit                                   Harrington AF – one over this morning

Sunday 11th August

11 Aug          Osprey                                         Maidwell – one again over Blueberry Farm this afternoon, also Hobby and 4 Whinchats

11 Aug          Marsh Harrier                          Harrington AF – two ‘cream-crowns’ this morning, also Hobby, Turtle Dove, 2 Whinchats & Common Redstart there

11 Aug          Red-crested Pochard            Stanwick GP – eclipse drake still this morning, also 10 Yellow-legged Gulls, Common Sandpiper and Ross’s Goose there

Saturday 10th August 

10 Aug          Osprey                                         Maidwell – an adult at Blueberry Farm flew toward  Haselbech at 18.30

10 Aug          Crossbill                                     Harrington AF – two singles flew south-west at 08.40 and 10.15, also 2 Turtle Doves there

10 Aug          Red-crested Pochard            Stanwick GP – eclipse drake still this morning, also juvenile Peregrine, Green Sandpiper and 6 Yellow-legged Gulls there

Friday 9th August

09 Aug          Marsh Harrier                          Harrington AF – a ‘cream-crown’ west of the main track at 14.30 this  afternoon

09 Aug          Turnstone                                  Pitsford Res – one mobile around the yacht club this morning (11.00), also adult Yellow-legged Gull there; 3 Whinchats at nearby Blueberry Farm, Maidwell

Thursday 8th August 

08 Aug          Great White Egret                  Clifford Hill GP – still present on the main barrage lake this evening, also 7 Greenshanks there

08 Aug          Marsh Harrier                          Harrington AF – a juvenile late afternoon (16.30), also Hobby, Turtle Dove, Common Redstart and 2 Whinchats there; 2 Whinchats at nearby Blueberry Farm, Maidwell and a Yellow-legged Gull at nearby Pitsford Res

08 Aug          Red-crested Pochard            Stanwick GP – eclipse drake still this afternoon, also Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshanks, 2 Common Sandpipers and 17 Yellow-legged Gulls there

Wednesday 7th August

07 Aug          Crossbill                                     Harrington AF – two flew north-west; 4 Whinchats at nearby Blueberry Farm, Maidwell and 6 Yellow-legged Gulls in the gull roost at nearby Pitsford Res

07 Aug          Great White Egret                  Pitsford Res – one with Little Egret on the far side of Holcot Bay, viewable from causeway

07 Aug          Great White Egret                  Clifford Hill GP – still present on the main barrage lake at 19.45, also 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (juvenile and second-summer)

07 Aug          Osprey                                         Welford Res  – an adult between 11.32 and 11.35 this morning before flying north

07 Aug          Mediterranean Gull               Daventry CP – a second-summer this morning, also 2 Green Sandpipers there

Tuesday 6th August

06 Aug          Great White Egret                  Clifford Hill GP – still present at the western end of the main barrage lake at 17.45, also Greenshank there

06 Aug           Crossbill                                    Harlestone Heath – two at the garden centre opposite the main entrance this afternoon

06 Aug           Caspian Gull                           Stanwick GP – two, an adult and third-summer late afternoon, also 30+ Yellow-legged Gulls plus 6 Black-tailed Godwits there

06 Aug          Great White Egret                 Pitsford Res – one reported fleetingly just north of the yacht club this morning

06 Aug          Ruff                                              Summer Leys LNR – juvenile in the wader bay this morning (07.35), also 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Greenshank, Common Sandpiper and Green Sandpiper

Monday 5th August

05 Aug           Marsh Harrier                       Maidwell – a juvenile at Blueberry Farm before flying toward Haselbech at 17.15

05 Aug           Mediterranean Gull            Stanwick GP – an adult late afternoon, also 9 Yellow-legged Gulls plus eclipse drake Red-crested Pochard still on A45 Lay-by Pit

 Sunday 4th August

04 Aug          Red-crested Pochard         Stanwick GP – eclipse drake again on the A45 Lay-by Pit this morning, also 12 Yellow-legged Gulls (4 juveniles) on the main lake

 Saturday 3rd August

03 Aug          Common Redstart               Maidwell – one in a hedge between Cottesbrooke and Hanging Houghton, close to the southern outskirts of the Blueberry Farm complex; adult Yellow-legged Gull by the dam at nearby Pitsford Res

03 Aug          Great White Egret               Clifford Hill GP – still at the main barrage lake this morning, also 4 Dunlin and 43 Common Terns

 Friday 2nd August

02 Aug          Whinchat                               Maidwell – one at Blueberry Farm this evening, in wheat field adjacent to the most southerly field in the complex

02 Aug          Black-tailed Godwit           Summer Leys LNR – five this evening, also 3 Little Ringed Plovers, Greenshank, 3 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper and Green Sandpiper but no sign of Wood Sandpiper

02 Aug          Great White Egret               Clifford Hill GP – still at the main barrage lake late afternoon

02 Aug          Wood Sandpiper                 Summer Leys LNR – one on the scrape 10.15, also 2 Black-tailed Godwits, Dunlin and Greenshank there

Thursday 1st August

01 Aug          Crossbill                                  Bucknell Wood – four flew over the main tack at 18.45

01 Aug          Mediterranean Gull            Stanwick GP – juvenile again on the A45 Lay-by Pit this afternoon (15.00), also c.12 Yellow-legged Gulls on the main lake

01 Aug          Great White Egret               Clifford Hill GP – still at the western end of the main barrage lake this morning

Wednesday 31st July

31 Jul           Great White Egret                Clifford Hill GP – again at the western end of the main barrage lake this evening at 19.10, also 6 Dunlin there

31 Jul           Mediterranean Gull            Stanwick GP – juvenile again this evening, also c.20 Yellow-legged Gulls, Green Sandpiper and 2 Common Sandpipers there

31 Jul           Common Redstart                Summer Leys LNR – one along the old railway track at 18.00, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper but no further sign of the Wood Sandpipers

31 Jul           Wood Sandpiper                  Summer Leys LNR – two on Brayshaw’s Bund 16.45, also Greenshank and 4 Common Sandpipers there

Tuesday 30th July

30 Jul           Caspian Gull                           Stanwick GP – an adult this evening, also juvenile Mediterranean Gull and 35 Yellow-legged Gulls there; Whimbrel through this morning

30 Jul           Wood Sandpiper                  Summer Leys LNR -no sign early evening

30 Jul           Wood Sandpiper                  Summer Leys LNR – still on the scrape this afternoon at 13.00, also Hobby and Greenshank there

30 Jul           Wood Sandpiper                  Summer Leys LNR – one still on the scrape this morning at 08.00, also 3 Little Ringed Plovers and 3 Common Snipe

Monday 29th July 

29 Jul           Great White Egret                Clifford Hill GP – went to roost on the island with Little Egrets at the western end of the main barrage lake this evening at 20.05

29 Jul           Wood Sandpiper                  Summer Leys LNR – two still on the scrape this evening at 19.30, also Greenshank still

29 Jul           Mediterranean Gull            Stanwick GP – an adult and juvenile this evening, also 16 Yellow-legged Gulls, Common Sandpiper and Red-crested Pochard still

29 Jul           Great White Egret                Clifford Hill GP – still on the island with Little Egrets at the western end of the main barrage lake this evening at 18.00

29 Jul           Wood Sandpiper                  Summer Leys LNR – two still on the scrape this evening at 17.25, also Greenshank there

29 Jul           Wood Sandpiper                  Summer Leys LNR – two on the scrape this afternoon at 16.00, also Greenshank there

29 Jul           Osprey                                       Hanging Houghton – one in the Brampton Valley below the village this morning

Sunday 28th July

28 Jul           Red-crested Pochard          Stanwick GP – eclipse drake still on the A45 Lay-by Pit this afternoon, also 6 Yellow-legged Gulls in northeast corner of main lake

28 Jul           Great White Egret                Clifford Hill GP – still at the western end of the main barrage lake at 12.15 but mobile

28 Jul           Black-tailed Godwit            Summer Leys LNR – nine late morning, also 4 Wigeon, Peregrine, 4 Little Ringed Plovers, 7 Common Snipe, Greenshank and Common Sandpiper there

28 Jul           Black-tailed Godwit            Summer Leys LNR – seven on the main lake this morning before flying east

28 Jul           Great White Egret                Clifford Hill GP – again at the western end of the main barrage lake at 11.00

28 Jul           Great White Egret                Clifford Hill GP – still at the western end of the main barrage lake until 10.40 when it flew off west

28 Jul           Black Kite                                Cranford St John – one reported flying over the A14 near junction 11 at 09.30

Saturday 27th July

27 Jul           Great White Egret                Clifford Hill GP – still at the western end of the main barrage lake, on north side of grassy peninsular at 16.00

27 Jul           Quail                                          Ashton Wold – male reported singing early afternoon TL097869

27 Jul           Great White Egret                Clifford Hill GP – one still at the western end of the main barrage lake 12.55

27 Jul           Crossbill                                    Pitsford Res – two parties of 4-5 flew SW during the morning

27 Jul           Red-crested Pochard          Stanwick GP – eclipse drake still this morning, also 2 Yellow-legged Gulls

27 Jul           Black-tailed Godwit            Summer Leys LNR – nine this morning, also Greenshank, 4 Dunlin and 4 Little Ringed Plovers

27 Jul           Great White Egret                Clifford Hill GP – one at the western end of the main barrage lake 11.25

Friday 26th July

26 Jul           Red-crested Pochard          Stanwick GP – eclipse drake still this evening, also 11 Yellow-legged Gulls, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpipers and 4 Green Sandpipers there

26 Jul           Black-tailed Godwit            Summer Leys LNR – twelve on Gull Island late morning, also 2 Little Ringed Plovers on the scrape

Wednesday 24th July 

24 Jul           Red-crested Pochard          Stanwick GP – an eclipse drake on the A45 Lay-by Pit this evening, also Little Ringed Plover, Greenshank and 2 Common Sandpipers there

Tuesday 23rd July

23 Jul           Caspian Gull                           Stanwick GP – an adult this evening, also 26 Yellow-legged Gulls, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Green Sandpipers and 2 Common Sandpipers there

Monday 22nd July 

22 Jul           Crossbill                                    Pitsford Res – four flew SW over Walgrave Bay this evening (20.10)

22 Jul           Crossbill                                    Harlestone Heath – up to 6 mobile around the site this morning

22 Jul           Common Scoter                      Daventry CP – five (4 drakes) this morning

Sunday 21st July 

21 Jul           Garganey                                    Earls Barton GP – eclipse drake on pits alongside conveyor belt this morning, also Peregrine, Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper and 3-4 juvenile Yellow Wagtails

21 Jul           Black Tern                                 Summer Leys LNR – moulting adult still on main lake at 10.45

21 Jul           Osprey                                         Hanging Houghton – one in Brampton Valley below the village at 08.30

Saturday 20th July

20 Jul           Crossbill                                     Sulby – at least 12 in Scots Pines in Sulby Gardens NN6 6EZ (SP662818) this afternoon

20 Jul           Black Tern                                 Summer Leys LNR – moulting adult still on main lake early afternoon

20 Jul           Osprey                                         Stanford Res – one east at 11.25, also Common Sandpipeer there

20 Jul           Crossbill                                     Summer Leys LNR – six flew toward Earls Barton from bushes near feeding station this morning

20 Jul           Black Tern                                 Summer Leys LNR – moulting adult on main lake this morning at 10.40

20 Jul           Garganey                                    Stanwick GP – one in the NE corner of the main lake this morning at 08.30, also Dunlin there

Friday 19th July

19 Jul           Black Tern                                 Summer Leys LNR – still present this morning, also 2 eclipse drake Garganey

19 Jul           Crossbill                                     Yardley Chase – twelve in Denton Wood this morning (no public access)

Thursday 18th July 

18 Jul           Common Redstart                  Harrington AF – juvenile on old airstrip, in the vicinity of the 2nd bunker this evening

18 Jul           Black Tern                                 Summer Leys LNR – still on the main lake mid-afternoon

18 Jul           Osprey                                         Hollowell Res – one fishing at 12.30, also drake Wigeon there

Wednesday 17th July 

17 Jul           Black Tern                                 Summer Leys LNR – still on the main lake this evening

17 Jul           Crossbill                                     Fermyn Wood – one over and several in nearby Souther Wood/Lady Wood

Monday 15th July

15 Jul           Black Tern                                 Summer Leys LNR – still on the main lake this afternoon at 13.45

15 Jul           Common Scoter                       Daventry CP – thirteen (8 drakes) this morning, also Greenshank and Common Sandpiper

Sunday 14th July

14 Jul           Red-crested Pochard            Pitsford Res – a female north of the causeway

14 Jul           Black Tern                                 Summer Leys LNR – still on the main lake this morning at 10.00, also Garganey on scrape and 2 juvenile Redstarts along old railway track by concrete wall

14 Jul           Black-tailed Godwit              Boddington Res – one islandica this morning until 07.55, when it flew SW; Greenshank and 2 Green Sandpipers at Daventry CP

Saturday 13th July

13 Jul           Black Tern                                  Summer Leys LNR – still on the main lake this afternoon at 14.00

13 Jul           Black Tern                                  Summer Leys LNR – still on the main lake this morning

 Friday 12th July

12 Jul           Black Tern                                  Summer Leys LNR – still on the main lake at 19.00, also Black-tailed Godwit there

12 Jul           Black Tern                                  Summer Leys LNR – one on the main lake at 08.00

Wednesday 10th July

10 Jul           Garganey                                     Summer Leys LNR – a female on the scrape, also 6 islandica Black-tailed Godwits in the wader bay late afternoon

Tuesday 9th July

09 Jul           Little Gull                                   Daventry CP – a first-summer this morning, also Green Sandpiper there

Monday 8th July

08 Jul           Black-tailed Godwit              Summer Leys LNR – seven present

08 Jul           Osprey                                         Maidwell – one east over Blueberry Farm this evening

Sunday 7th July

07 Jul           Black-tailed Godwit              Summer Leys LNR – one this morning, also Greenshank and Goldeneye there

Saturday 6th July

06 Jul           Crossbill                                     Bucknell Wood – several this morning

06 Jul           Osprey                                         Pitsford Res – one in Scaldwell Bay at 11.00 then flew west

Friday 5th July

05 Jul           White Stork                              Sywell Airfield – one flew high north at 16.30

Thursday 4th July

04 Jul           Black-tailed Godwit             Summer Leys LNR – one present late PM

Wednesday 3rd July

03 Jul           Golden Oriole                         Lyveden – one reported near Lyveden New Bield late PM

Saturday 29th June

29 Jun           Black-tailed Godwit           Summer Leys LNR – four on main lake, viewable from Pioneer Hide this afternoon (14.00)

29 Jun           Greenshank                            Thrapston GP – one on the scrape at the eastern end of the main lake this morning (11.00)

Friday 28th June

28 Jun           Black-tailed Godwit           Summer Leys LNR – one on Brayshaw’s Bund this evening

28 Jun           Curlew                                      Stanwick GP – one plus 4 Yellow-legged Gulls this evening

Thursday 27th June

27 Jun           Marsh Harrier                      Rothwell – a male flew east over the A6/A14 junction at 09.15

Tuesday 25th June

25 Jun           Black-tailed Godwit          Clifford Hill GP – one at the western end of the main barrage lake this morning

Monday 24th June

24 Jun           Osprey                                     Welford Res – a one fishing off the dam which separates Welford and Sulby Reservoirs from 16.56 to 17.05 before flying south-east this evening

24 Jun           Caspian Gull                         Stanwick GP – a near-adult plus 8 Yellow-legged Gulls and a Green Sandpiper this evening

Sunday 23rd June

23 Jun           Black-tailed Godwit          Hollowell Res – one islandica this morning

Saturday 22nd June

22 Jun           Black-tailed Godwit          Stanwick GP – one islandica plus 2 Green Sandpipers this evening

Friday 21st June

21 Jun           Black Kite                               Long Buckby – one soaring toward Daventry at ‘lunchtime’

Tuesday 18th June

18 Jun           Curlew                                      Chacombe – one by the A361 Chacombe turn this morning

Monday 17th June

17 Jun           Curlew                                      Clifford Hill GP – one this afternoon

17 Jun           Black Kite                               Broughton – a possible reported over at 06.45

Sunday 16th June

16 Jun          Red-footed Falcon               Irthlingborough – a possible female over high NW late PM

Friday 14th June

14 Jun           Garganey                                Summer Leys LNR – drake still late afternoon, also drake Red-crested Pochard there

14 Jun           Osprey                                       Sidegate Landfill – one over mid-afternoon

Wednesday 12th June

12 Jun           Red-crested Pochard          Summer Leys LNR – a drake on Eddie’s Island this morning, also Black-tailed Godwit and (escaped) Bar-headed Goose there

Tuesday 11th June

11 Jun           Garganey                                 Summer Leys LNR – drake still this morning

Monday 10th June

10 Jun           Black-tailed Godwit           Stanwick GP – one late-PM, also 5 Yellow-legged Gulls

Sunday 9th June

09 Jun           Night Heron                           Stoke Albany – no sign of the adult on private lake

09 Jun           Caspian Gull                         Stanwick GP – a first-summer late-PM, also 7 Yellow-legged Gulls

09 Jun           Marsh Harrier                      Long Buckby – a ‘cream-crown’ over north-east at 12.45

09 Jun           Garganey                                Summer Leys LNR – a drake on the scrape this morning also Black-tailed Godwit on Round Island

Saturday 8th June

08 Jun           Night Heron                           Stoke Albany – no sign of the adult on private lake

08 Jun           Curlew                                     Stanwick GP – one late PM, also 3-4 Yellow-legged Gulls

08 Jun           Osprey                                     Thrapston GP – one over at 14.00, also Hobby and Nightingale there

08 Jun           Black-necked Grebe          Daventry CP – no sign this morning

Friday 7th June

07 Jun           Black-necked Grebe          Daventry CP – two in the centre of the reservoir at 14.25

07 Jun           Night Heron                          Stoke Albany – an adult on a private lake at 08.00, present for approximately two weeks

Wednesday 5th June

05 Jun           Common Quail                     Glapthorn – male singing at 22.45

Tuesday 4th June

04 Jun           Greenshank                           Summer Leys LNR – one still from the Screen Hide this morning

04 Jun           Black Redstart                     Oundle – one in a private garden briefly early this morning

Monday 3rd June

03 Jun           Red-crested Pochard        Stanwick GP – drake still, also second-summer Yellow-legged Gull

03 Jun           Greenshank                          Summer Leys LNR – one still today

Sunday 2nd June

02 Jun           Red-crested Pochard        Stanwick GP – a drake again on the pit immediately north of the A45 Lay-by Pit late-PM

Saturday 1st June

01 Jun            Whinchat                              Wollaston – a male 100 approximately metres upstream from Wollaston Weirs on the River Nene (16.30)

Friday 31st May

31 May            Greenshank                         Summer Leys LNR – one from the feeding station this evening at 20.30, also female Goldeneye on adjacent Mary’s Lake, Dunlin on Round Island and second-summer Common Gull on scrape

31 May            Garganey                              Clifford Hill GP – a drake at the western end of the main barrage lake at 12.40

Thursday 30th May

30 May            Greenshank                         Thrapston GP – one on Titchmarsh Reserve

30 May            Osprey                                    Summer Leys LNR – one over, east, at 13.40

30 May           Red-crested Pochard        Stanwick GP – a drake on the A45 Lay-by Pit this morning

Wednesday 29th May

29 May            Gannet                                   Summer Leys LNR – an adult circled and then flew west at 09.30 before returning and flying east at 09.45; also reported over Wellingborough at 09.39 and 09.44

Tuesday 28th May

28 May           Black Tern                             Daventry CP – one this evening (20.00)

28 May           Greenshank                          Summer Leys LNR – one from the feeding station this evening (20.00)

Monday 27th May

27 May           Crossbill                                 Denton Wood – a male

Sunday 26th May

26 May          Osprey                                     Thrapston GP – one flew toward Thrapston

Thursday 23rd May

23 May           Arctic Tern                           Stanwick GP – two plus 3 ‘Tundra’ Ringed Plovers late PM

23 May          Osprey                                     Chadstone – one flew west at 09.30

Wednesday 22nd May

22 May           Common Scoter                  Daventry CP – female still from overflow end of dam at 17.00

22 May           Osprey                                    Oundle – one fishing in the River Nene at the bridge in Station Road at 16.00

22 May           Common Scoter                  Daventry CP – female mid-afternoon (15.15)

22 May           Arctic Tern                           Thrapston GP – one over Titchmarsh LNR

Tuesday 21st May

21 May            Whimbrel                             Summer Leys LNR – two on the scrape this morning (10.30)

Monday 20th May

20 May            Garganey                              Stanwick GP – a drake on the A45 Lay-by Pit at 20.15

20 May            Osprey                                   Thrapston GP – one over Titchmarsh LNR at 15.15, also 3 Hobbies there

Sunday 19th May

19 May            Black-tailed Godwit        Summer Leys LNR – one this morning

19 May            Whimbrel                             Clifford Hill GP – one this morning at 09.30

Saturday 18th May

18 May            Honey Buzzard                  Woodford Halse – one flew west, south of the village at 13.05

18 May            Firecrest                               Scaldwell – no sign of singing male

Friday 17th May

17 May            Firecrest                               Scaldwell – male still singing and showing well in conifer half way along the shelter belt alongside the minor road to Scaldwell from the A508 at 14.40 but no sign at 15.45; view only from road SP758727

17 May            Marsh Harrier                    Harrington AF – a ‘cream-crown’ flew toward Kettering this morning, also 2 Turtle Doves and Northern Wheatear there

17 May            Firecrest                               Scaldwell – male still singing and showing well in conifer half way along the shelter belt alongside the minor road to Scaldwell from the A508 at 08.10 view only from road SP758727

17 May            Firecrest                               Scaldwell – a singing male at the Scaldwell end of the shelter belt alongside the minor road to Scaldwell from the A508 at 06.00 view only from road SP758727

Thursday 16th May

16 May            Black Tern                            Pitsford Res – three north of the causeway this afternoon

16 May            Redstart                                 Greens Norton – a female trapped and ringed in a private garden this morning

16 May            Marsh Harrier                     Brampton Valley – male flew towards Hanging Houghton 07.45, also Northern Wheatear there

Wednesday 15th May

15 May            Black Tern                            Pitsford Res – two this afternoon, between the causeway and the dam, also 2-3 Arctic Terns

15 May            Sanderling                            Stanwick GP – one today, also 3 Dunlins and 2 Ringed Plovers there

15 May            Turnstone                             Summer Leys LNR – still present, on Round Island this evening (18.15), also Ringed Plover and 8 Dunlin there

15 May            Whimbrel                              Boddington Res – one this morning plus 2 Arctic Terns and a Turtle Dove

15 May            Sanderling                            Daventry CP – one this morning, also 3 Hobbies and an Arctic Tern there

15 May            Turnstone                             Summer Leys LNR – one on Eddie’s Island late morning, also 6 Ringed Plovers and 7 Dunlin there

15 May            Bar-tailed Godwit              Summer Leys LNR – one plus 2 Ringed Plovers, Little Ringed Plover, Turnstone, 4 Redshank, 5-6 Sanderling and 15 Dunlins there

Tuesday 14th May

14 May            Little Gull                             Daventry CP – a first-summer between 14.40 and 15.15 only, also 3 Hobbies there

14 May            Sanderling                            Stanwick GP – two this morning, also 6 Ringed Plovers and 2 Dunlins

14 May            Little Tern                            Summer Leys LNR – one through at 08.10

Monday 13th May

13 May            Whinchat                              Maidwell – two at Blueberry Farm

13 May            Little Gull                             Thrapston GP – an adult at Titchmarsh LNR this evening, also Osprey over

13 May            Temminck’s Stint              Stanwick GP – one briefly late afternoon then flew west and no further sign, also Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlins and adult Yellow-legged Gull

13 May            Whimbrel                              Clifford Hill GP – four this morning, also 14 Ringed Plovers and 6 Dunlin there

Sunday 12th May

12 May            Mediterranean Gull          Stanwick GP – a first-summer this morning, also 2 Dunlins and 2 Common Sandpipers there

12 May            Whimbrel                              Earls Barton GP – three on the island in Mary’s lake mid-morning, also Dunlin and Common Sandpiper there

Saturday 11th May

11 May           Osprey                                      Pineham (Northampton) – one fishing in the River Nene early afternoon

Friday 10th May

10 May           Osprey                                      Boddington Res – one flew south-east at 15.40

10 May           Greenland Wheatear         Harrington AF – a female early afternoon

10 May           Whimbrel                                Daventry CP – one flew west at 10.47, also Hobby and Arctic Tern there

10 May            Sanderling                              Summer Leys LNR – one on Round Island with 2 Dunlin, morning only

Thursday 9th May

09 May           Sandwich Tern                      Summer Leys LNR – one one Eddie’s Island briefly at 08.15 before flying off

Wednesday 8th May

08 May           Whimbrel                                Summer Leys LNR – one on the scrape at midday but no sign of Wood Sandpiper

08 May           Wood Sandpiper                  Summer Leys LNR – one on the scrape this morning

08 May           Black Redstart                       Northampton – one in a private garden in Kingsley NN2 7JD early morning

Tuesday 7th May

7th May         Wood Sandpiper                   Stanwick GP – still on the main lake at 16.25

7th May         Sanderling                               Summer Leys LNR – still on Brayshaw’s Bund at 11.00

7th May         Sanderling                               Summer Leys LNR – one on Brayshaw’s Bund this morning, also drake Garganey on Gull Island

7th May         Wood Sandpiper                   Stanwick GP – one on the main lake this morning at 07.15

Monday 6th May

06 May          Wood Warbler                         Old Sulehay – one singing at the western end of the wood

06 May           Short-eared Owl                    Maidwell – one again at Blueberry Farm this evening, also Hobby

6th May         Little Gull                                 Stanwick GP – an adult on the A45 Lay-by Pit, also drake Garganey and Dunlin there 18.30

6th May         Osprey                                        Moulton – one flew south-east this morning at 10.30

6th May         Little Gull                                 Summer Leys LNR – two (an adult briefly at 10.05 then flew east and a first-summer on the scrape also briefly) this morning, also Egyptian Goose, Little Ringed Plover, 5 Dunlin, 4 Common Sandpipers, Green Sandpiper, Whinchat and escaped Bahama Pintail

6th May         Garganey                                  Thrapston GP – drake on main lake, towards Brancey Brook at 08.30

06 May          Wood Warbler                         Badby – no sign of male between 06.00 and 07.00

Sunday 5th May

05 May           Short-eared Owl                    Maidwell – one at Blueberry Farm this evening, also Hobby there

05 May          Wood Warbler                         Badby – male still singing in a small belt of woodland along single track road past farm house and pond at SP545581 (18.45); please respect landowner’s privacy

05 May          Wood Warbler                         Badby – one singing in a small belt of woodland along single track road past farm house and pond at SP548581 (13.00); please respect landowner’s privacy

05 May          Greenshank                               Clifford Hill GP – one this morning at 08.00

05 May           Osprey                                         Thrapston GP – one at the Trout Lake this morning at 07.00 then flew north

Saturday 4th May

04 May          Avocet                                           Stanwick GP – still on A45 Lay-by Pit at 15.30 plus 4 Black-tailed Godwits, Little Ringed Plover and Dunlin

04 May          Whinchat                                    Shutlanger – one on the back fence of the sewage works at 14.20, viewable from river, also Yellow Wagtail there

04 May          Arctic Tern                                 Stanford Res -one this morning, also 2 Dunlin through and 3 Yellow Wagtails there

04 May          Little Tern                                  Stanwick GP – one through this morning, also Avocet on A45 Lay-by Pit (08.20) plus 4 Black-tailed Godwits and a Dunlin

Friday 3rd May

03 May          Greenshank                               Stanwick GP – one through this morning, also Black-tailed Godwit still present

Thursday 2nd May

02 May           Short-eared Owl                     Thrapston GP – one over the Trout Lake this evening, also 12 Yellow Wagtails but no sign of the Osprey

02 May           Garganey                                   Summer Leys LNR – a drake present all day

02 May           Arctic Tern                               Stanwick GP – seventeen and a Black-tailed Godwit this morning

Wednesday 1st May

01 May           harrier sp.                                 Harrington AF – a ‘small’ ringtail this evening (19.15) quartering the ground near the airstrip and alongside the B576 before heading toward Loddington

01 May           Osprey                                         Thrapston GP – one at the Trout Lake this evening (19.15 to 20.00) for its second day, also 2 Hobbies and Nightingale there

01 May           Greenshank                               Stanwick GP – one this afternoon

01 May           Greenshank                               Daventry CP – two briefly at 14.30 then flew north, also 2 Hobbies there

01 May           Black-tailed Godwit              Clifford Hill GP – one still this morning plus 2 Little Ringed Plovers

01 May          Waxwing                                     Wootton – eight around Simpson Manor this morning (present since yesterday)

Tuesday 30th April

30 Apr          Whimbrel                                    Clifford Hill GP – one arrived on the main barrage lake at 19.30 and was still present on the grassy peninsular at 20.40, also 2 Little Ringed Plovers, Black-tailed Godwit and Dunlin there; Hobby at adjacent Hardingstone GP

30 Apr          Black-tailed Godwit               Pitsford Res – one south of the causeway at 19.30, also 2 Goldeneye, Hobby and 2 Yellow Wagtails

30 Apr           Whinchat                                   Hollowell Res – one still between the feeder stream and Guilsborough Bay at 18.00 + 4 Yellow Wagtails

30 Apr          Arctic Tern                                 Pitsford Res – thirteen briefly at 13.00 before flying high NE; adult Yellow-legged Gull and Common Sandpiper at Ravensthorpe Res

30 Apr          Red-footed Falcon                   Spratton – a probable (female-type) flew west over the A5119 just south of the village at 13.15 in the direction of Ravensthorpe Res

30 Apr           Whinchat                                   Hollowell Res – two between the feeder stream and Guilsborough Bay at 12.30

30 Apr           Black-tailed Godwit              Clifford Hill GP – one still this morning plus 2 Little Ringed Plovers

30 Apr           Tree Pipit                                   Borough Hill – one on the western slope before flying north at 08.50, also 9 Northern Wheatears including 2 ‘Greenland’ Wheatears

Monday 29th April

29 Apr          Garganey                                     Summer Leys LNR – a drake this evening

29 Apr          Black-tailed Godwit               Clifford Hill GP – one still this evening plus a Hobby

29 Apr          Greenshank                               Stanwick GP – one today, also 3 Common Sandpipers and a White Wagtail

29 Apr          White Wagtail                          Upton Valley (North) – one still with 3 Yellow Wagtails this evening at 17.30

29 Apr          Marsh Harrier                           Thapston GP – one over east at 13.30, also 8 Hobbies and an Arctic Tern there

29 Apr          Black-tailed Godwit               Clifford Hill GP – one this morning 

Sunday 28th April

28 Apr          White Wagtail                          Upton Valley (North) – one with 2 Yellow Wagtails this afternoon

28 Apr           Curlew                                         Clifford Hill GP – one this morning until 09.35 when it flew high north, also 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 3 Dunlin and 4 Northern Wheatears there

Saturday 27th April

27 Apr           Ring Ouzel                                 Harrington AF – male again this evening but elusive, also Hobby and 2 Northern Wheatears there

27 Apr          White Wagtail                          Upton Valley (North) – one with 3 Yellow Wagtails this evening (18.00), also Common Sandpiper there

27 Apr          Black-tailed Godwit               Clifford Hill GP – one still this afternoon, also Little Ringed Plover and 2 Dunlin there

27 Apr          Marsh Harrier                           Stanwick GP – a ‘cream crown’ flew SW at 10.45

27 Apr           Wood Warbler                         Salcey Forest – no sign of singing male at the start of the walkway ascending to the viewing tower all morning

27 Apr          Black-tailed Godwit               Summer Leys LNR – one this morning, also Greenshank, 2 Dunlin and 2 Common Sandpiper there

27 Apr          Black-tailed Godwit               Clifford Hill GP – two still this morning, also Greenshank and Common Sandpiper there

27 Apr          Marsh Harrier                           Harrington AF – a male flew west at 07.45; Crossbill at nearby Scotland Wood (Kelmarsh)

27 Apr          Osprey                                          Oundle – one north along the River Nene this morning, over Snipe Meadow near North Bridge at 07.15

Friday 26th April

26 Apr           Whinchat                                  Wollaston Sewage Works – a female by the metal bridge at 18.00

26 Apr           White Wagtail                        Upton Valley (North) – one with 10 Yellow Wagtails, also Common Sandpiper and 2 Northern Wheatears there at 16.45

26 Apr           Ring-billed Gull                     Stanwick GP – first-summer back in front of hide on main lake between 16.15 and 16.25 then flew east

26 Apr           Ring-billed Gull                     Stanwick GP – first-summer flew to islands in A45 Lay-by Pit and then flew off east at 15.10

26 Apr           Wood Warbler                       Salcey Forest – singing male at the start of the walkway ascending to the viewing tower at 14.30

26 Apr           Marsh Harrier                        Daventry – a male adjacent to Kentle Woods at 14.30

26 Apr           Ring-billed Gull                     Stanwick GP – first-summer again in front of hide in the north-east corner of the main lake 14.30

26 Apr           Garganey                                  Summer Leys LNR – drake on Brayshaw’s Bund this afternoon, also 38 Black-tailed Godwits and 2 Dunlins there

26 Apr           Arctic Tern                              Boddington Res – three at midday

26 Apr           Ring Ouzel                                Harrington AF – one male still by first bunker, also 2 Northern Wheatears

26 Apr           Marsh Harrier                        Brampton Heath Golf Course – one over this morning

26 Apr          Black-tailed Godwit             Clifford Hill GP – two this morning, also 2 Dunlin

26 Apr          Red-crested Pochard           Hardingstone GP – drake still this morning

26 Apr          Whinchat                                  Borough Hill – one this morning at 08.00

Thursday 25th April

25 Apr           Black-tailed Godwit            Clifford Hill GP – one still at 20.00, also present at 18.00 when 2 Little Ringed Plovers, Ringed Plover, Dunlin, c.15 Common Swifts and 2 Northern Wheatears there

27 Apr          Hen Harrier                             Oundle – a male near Lyveden New Bield at 18.00

25 Apr           Arctic Tern                              Hollowell Res – three this afternoon, also Dunlin, White Wagtail and several Yellow Wagtails

25 Apr           Ring Ouzel                                Harrington AF – one male still, also Turtle Dove and 2 Northern Wheatears

25 Apr           Osprey                                        Pitsford Res – one over

25 Apr           Little Gull                                 Daventry CP – adult still morning at 11.45, also Hobby, Common Sandpiper and Arctic Tern; 3 Common Swifts, 3 Whinchats, 15 Northern Wheatears and 4 Lesser Redpolls on nearby Borough Hill

25 Apr           Common Swift                        Spratton – one over this morning (first record this spring)

25 Apr           Little Gull                                 Daventry CP – an adult this morning at 07.30, also Common Sandpiper

25 Apr           Arctic Tern                              Boddington Res – one this morning at 07.00

Wednesday 24th April

24 Apr           Grey Plover                               Clifford Hill GP – one came in to roost again with 158 Golden Plovers, also 3 Little Ringed Plovers, Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Dunlin there at 20.00

24 Apr          Red-crested Pochard             Hardingstone GP – pair still at 19.00

24 Apr          White Wagtail                         Upton Valley (North) – two and 16 Yellow Wagtails at 18.45

24 Apr          Whinchat                                   Harrington AF – a male by the first bunker at 18.30, also 3+ Northern Wheatears there

24 Apr            Wood Warbler                       Weston Mill/Billing Aquadrome – no sign of male reported singing along Nene Way footpath between Weston Mill ‘marina’ and Billing Aquadrome in late afternoon search

24 Apr           Osprey                                         Borough Hill – one flew toward Daventry CP at 13.30, also female Common Redstart there

24 Apr           Common Redstart                  Fawsley Park – a male on low fence along field near top lake at 08.30

24 Apr           Curlew                                         Stanwick GP – one this morning, also Goosander, Little Ringed Plover and Garden Warbler there

24 Apr            Wood Warbler                       Weston Mill/Billing Aquadrome – male reported singing along Nene Way footpath between Weston Mill ‘marina’ and Billing Aquadrome at 07.30

Tuesday 23rd April

23 Apr          Whimbrel                                   Clifford Hill GP – one landed on the point at  at 20.00, also 3 Little Ringed Plovers, Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin and Black-tailed Godwit there

23 Apr           Black-tailed Godwit             Stanwick GP – one on the island in the A45 Lay-by Pit at 18.45

23 Apr          Osprey                                         Thrapston GP – one over Titchmarsh LNR 17.45 to 18.15

23 Apr          White Wagtail                         Upton Valley (North) – two and 10 Yellow Wagtails 17.30

23 Apr          Ring Ouzel                                  Hellidon – male still this afternoon, also 2 Northern Wheatears there

23 Apr           Black-tailed Godwit              Stanwick GP – one late afternoon (16.25) but no sign yet of yesterday’s first-summer Ring-billed Gull

23 Apr          Red-crested Pochard             Hardingstone GP – pair still at 12.45

23 Apr          Ring Ouzel                                  Stanford Res – one this morning feeding along the track between the ‘old gate’ and the demolished hide

23 Apr           Black-tailed Godwit             Clifford Hill GP – one this morning 06.30 also Dunlin but no sign of yesterday’s Grey Plover

Monday 22nd April

22 Apr           Ring-billed Gull                     Stanwick GP – a second calendar year (first-winter/first-summer) individual briefly from the hide in the north-east corner of the main lake before flying east at 17.00

22 Apr           ‘Eastern’ Yellow Wagtail    Thrapston GP – unconfirmed report of a female with 12 Yellow Wagtails in fields just north of hide and west of marina, just below where River Nene splits

22 Apr           Arctic Tern                               Hollowell Res – three this evening, also 16 Yellow Wagtails and 2 White Wagtail

22 Apr           Grey Plover                               Clifford Hill GP – one again this evening at 18.30 with 121 Golden Plovers, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, Ringed Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Dunlin, Northern Wheatear and 3 Yellow Wagtails

22 Apr           Arctic Tern                               Daventry CP – four this afternoon, also Peregrine there

22 Apr          Red-crested Pochard             Hardingstone GP – pair again at midday Irchester – one flew toward Summer

22 Apr           Arctic Tern                               Thrapston GP – two over the River Nene at Titchmarsh LNR

22 Apr          Marsh Harrier                          Little Irchester – one flew toward Summer Leys LNR at 09.15

Sunday 21st April

21 Apr          Ring Ouzel                                 Hellidon – male still this afternoon; Arctic Tern and 3 Northern Wheatears at nearby Boddington Res

21 Apr          Greenshank                               Summer Leys LNR – one on Gull Island at 16.20 and a Black-tailed Godwit from Rotary Hide still, also White Wagtail there

21 Apr         Blue-headed Wagtail             Thrapston GP – a male with 12 Yellow Wagtails near Brancey Brook at 14.00, also Nightingale there

21 Apr         Curlew                                          Stoke Albany – two over the golf course early afternoon

21 Apr         Curlew                                          Thrapston GP – one on Titchmarsh LNR this morning

21 Apr          Greenshank                               Summer Leys LNR – one and a Black-tailed Godwit from Rotary Hide 11.20 and still present 12.30

21 Apr         Curlew                                          Pitsford Res – one this morning

21 Apr          Ring Ouzel                                 Harrington AF – male still by the 1st bunker this morning at 08.33, also Northern Wheatear there

21 Apr          Garganey                                    Salcey Forest – drake flushed from a stream at 08.00

Saturday 20th April

20 Apr          Ring Ouzel                                 Chelveston Airfield – a female this evening, also 2 Golden Plovers, 15 Northern Wheatears and 2 Yellow Wagtails there

20 Apr          Ring Ouzel                                 Harrington AF – a male by the 2nd bunker this morning, still present this afternoon, mobile and elusive near the third bunker, also 4 Northern Wheatears

20 Apr          Ring Ouzel                                 Hellidon – a male this afternoon flew east at 17.00 and no further sign

20 Apr          White Wagtail                         Thrapston GP – one and 7  Yellow Wagtails on Titchmarsh LNR

20 Apr          White Wagtail                         Upton Valley (North) – one and c.10 Yellow Wagtails 15.55, also 4 Little Ringed Plovers

20 Apr          Ring Ouzel                                  Stanford Res – no sign of male in field by ‘old gate’ at 14.00

20 Apr          Arctic Tern                                Hollowell Res – one this afternoon

20 Apr          Mediterranean Gull               Little Irchester – adult over north-east at 14.25

20 Apr         Osprey                                           Stoke Albany – one over a small lake on the golf course for 5 minutes at midday

20 Apr          Ring Ouzel                                  Maidwell – two females at Blueberry Farm in cropped hay field near to the farm houses this morning but not subsequently

20 Apr          Crossbill                                      Pitsford Res – two-three this morning, also 3 Goldeneye and a Brambling there

20 Apr          Ring Ouzel                                  Stanford Res – male in field by ‘old gate’ at 10.15 and still present 11.30, also Osprey over north, also Goldeneye, 2 Hobbies, White Wagtail and 5 Yellow Wagtails there; Jack Snipe, 2 Goldeneye and 3 Yellow Wagtails at nearby Hollowell Res

20 Apr          Avocet                                          Summer Leys LNR – two on Gull Island briefly then flew east at 10.30

20 Apr          Avocet                                         Clifford Hill GP – two from 10.10 until 10.19, then flew east

20 Apr          Red-crested Pochard            Hardingstone GP – pair still at 07.25

Friday 19th April

19 Apr         Common Redstart                  Brampton Valley – a female below Hanging Houghton late-PM, also female Peregrine there

19 Apr          Arctic Tern                               Pitsford Res – five this evening

19 Apr         Common Redstart                  Collyweston Quarry – two this evening in the largest central block of scrub

19 Apr          Arctic Tern                               Daventry CP – five this evening; 4 Redstarts and 7 Northern Wheatears on nearby Borough Hill

19 Apr          Whinchat                                  Brackmills Industrial Estate – male and at least 3 Northern Wheatears and a male Common Redstart plus 3 Little Ringed Plovers on Roxhill development area at the north-east end of the estate, between Kerstar and the Bedford Road Premier Inn at 17.50

19 Apr          White Wagtail                         Upton Valley (North) – twelve with 44 Yellow Wagtails at 17.15, also 4 Little Ringed Plovers and Northern Wheatear there

19 Apr          Whinchat                                  Summer Leys LNR – a male by the R. Nene approximately 100 m east of Wollaston Weirs at 17.00

19 Apr          Arctic Tern                               Stanwick GP – three this afternoon, also 2 Goosanders, Dunlin, 2 Green Sandpipers, Common Sandpiper and 2 White Wagtails there

19 Apr          White Wagtail                         Upton Valley (North) – seven with 26 Yellow Wagtails at 12.45, also 2 Little Ringed Plovers there

19 Apr         Common Redstart                   Earls Barton GP – male in hedgerow across field opposite Summer Leys car park early afternoon; view from heavily littered gateway

19 Apr          Arctic Tern                               Boddington Res – two at 12.15

19 Apr         Common Redstart                   Corby Sewage Treatment Works – two males this morning (11.45) in bushes by the railway track SP904888, access off the Corby-Weldon road

19 Apr          Red-crested Pochard            Hardingstone GP – a pair at 07.00

Thursday 18th April

18 Apr         Grey Plover                                Clifford Hill GP – still this evening at 19.30, also 96 Golden Plovers, little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 5 Arctic Terns on Trout Lake and Redstart still in hedge behind John Dryden House

18 Apr          Arctic Tern                               Boddington Res – one this evening

18 Apr          Arctic Tern                               Bozeat GP – one this morning, also 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 Northern Wheatears, 6+ White Wagtails and 8 Yellow Wagtails (NB. this is a private site with no general access)

18 Apr          White Wagtail                         Summer Leys LNR – one this morning, also Reed Warbler and 4 Yellow Wagtails

18 Apr          Arctic Tern                                Daventry CP – at least 15 at 11.55

Wednesday 17th April

17 Apr         Nightingale                                Glapthorn Cow Pasture – male singing this evening at 20.40

17 Apr         Grey Plover                                 Clifford Hill GP – one late-PM, also 61 Golden Plovers, 7 Whimbrel briefly then flew west, Redstart still behind Premier Inn and another still at nearby Roxhill development site, Brackmills

17 Apr         Arctic Tern                                 Boddington Res – one this evening

17 Apr         Blue-headed Wagtail             Upton Valley – a male (though with probable ‘Channel Wagtail’ influence) this evening until 18.35 when it flew off with 15 Yellow Wagtails; up to 25 Yellow Wagtails had been present there earlier, also 4 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Green Sandpipers and White Wagtail there

17 Apr          Black Redstart                         Sywell – one again briefly in a private garden at 18.00

17 Apr         Common Redstart                   Creaton Sewage Treatment Works – one this afternoon

17 Apr          Merlin                                         Hanging Houghton – one flew south this afternoon at 15.25

17 Apr          White Wagtail                         Hollowell Res – one this afternoon, also 15 Yellow Wagtails there

17 Apr          Marsh Harrier                          Summer Leys LNR – one at 12.50 flew west

17 Apr          Black-throated Diver            Stanford Res – no sign today of the one reported off the dam late PM yesterday; 2 Peregrines and 2 Common Sandpipers there

17 Apr         Common Redstart                   Borough Hill  – one this morning, also Northern Wheatear and Yellow Wagtail there

17 Apr          White Wagtail                         Daventry CP – one this morning but no sign of the Black-necked Grebe there

17 Apr          Black Redstart                         Sywell – one (again) briefly in a private garden at 11.30 NOT COMMON REDSTART as previously reported

17 Apr          Common Redstart                  Clifford Hill GP – at least one male in hedge by the ditch behind the Premier Inn at 10.25

17 Apr         Black-tailed Godwit               Stanwick GP – five this morning, also 3 Goosanders and a Lesser Whitethroat

17 Apr          Common Redstart                  Sywell – a female briefly in a private garden at 07.30

Tuesday 16th April

16 Apr          Black-throated Diver            Stanford Res – one reported off the dam late PM

16 Apr          White Wagtail                         Naseby Res – one this afternoon, also 73 Golden Plovers and 2 Yellow Wagtails

16 Apr          Whinchat                                  Brackmills Industrial Estate – male with 9 Northern Wheatears on Roxhill development area at the north-east end of the estate, between Kerstar and the Bedford Road Premier Inn at 17.35

16 Apr          Whinchat                                  Pitsford Res – male in Scaldwell Bay from early afternoon, still present 16.45 in lone hawthorn along fence, 300 m from old road

16 Apr          Common Redstart                  Woodford Halse – two males at 11.15 in hawthorn hedge in Woodford Halse Wildlife Trust Nature reserve (the disused railway cuttings between Woodford Halse and Eydon)

16 Apr          Common Redstart                  Borough Hill – one this morning

16 Apr         White Wagtail                           Stanwick GP – eight this morning, also 3 Goosanders, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 28 Golden Plovers and 15+ Yellow Wagtails

16 Apr          Common Redstart                  Clifford Hill GP – five (4 males) in hedge between Brooke House and John Dryden House and adjacent hedge behind Premier Inn; a further male nearby on Roxhill development land, Brackmills Industrial Estate 08.15

16 Apr          Osprey                                          Harrington AF – one flew towards Pitsford Res at 08.00, also Peregrine there; at nearby Pitsford Res a Green Sandpiper below the dam and White Wagtail on the dam

Monday 15th April

15 Apr         White Wagtail                           Stanwick GP – one with 8 Yellow Wagtails at the south-west end of the main lake this evening at 19.30

15 Apr         Blue-headed Wagtail             Hollowell Res – one still this evening at 18.45, on Guilsborough Bay Point, also 3 Jack Snipe, 5 Common Snipe, 3 White Wagtails and 14 Yellow Wagtails

15 Apr          Ring Ouzel                                 Harrington AF – two females flew from bushes on the airstrip to the shooting wall  this afternoon, also c.45 Golden Plovers and 8 Northern Wheatear there

15 Apr          Common Redstart                  Clifford Hill GP – at least 3 (male near John Dryden House and 2 at corner near Premiere Inn) at 1400

15 Apr          Egyptian Goose                        Stanwick GP – two on the A45 Lay-by Pit, also 2 Little Ringed Plovers and 6+ Yellow Wagtails there

15 Apr          Common Redstart                  Clifford Hill GP – two males in hedge/on fence between main barrage lake and John Dryden House (council offices) SP782598 at 12.20

15 Apr          Pied Flycatcher                       Sywell – one in a private garden briefly late morning

15 Apr          Scaup                                           Stanwick GP – drake still on the main lake this morning, also Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper and Common Whitethroat there

Sunday 14th April

14 Apr          Scaup                                          Ditchford GP – drake on Viaduct Pit, also 6 Egyptian Geese and Little Ringed Plover there

14 Apr          Green-winged Teal                Irthlingborough – drake again on floods below Lime Street this morning

14 Apr          Ring-necked Parakeet          Stoke Bruerne – several flew over this afternoon

14 Apr          Curlew                                         Summer Leys LNR – one today

14 Apr          Arctic Tern                                Daventry CP – three reported at 11.45, also Black-necked Grebe still

14 Apr         Blue-headed Wagtail             Hollowell Res – one with 7 Yellow Wagtails at 16.20

14 Apr          Crossbill                                      Showsley – approximately 16 in small larch plantation 250 metres along the single-track road to Shutlanger fromA 43 at 15.25

14 Apr          Cuckoo                                         Summer Leys LNR – one this morning

14 Apr          Scaup                                           Stanwick GP – a drake on the main lake this morning, also second-summer Yellow-legged Gull, Dunlin and Green Sandpiper there

14 Apr          Egyptian Goose                        Ditchford GP – one at the western end of Viaduct Pit this morning

Saturday 13th April  

13 Apr          Knot                                              Clifford Hill GP – flew off high toward Little Houghton at 16.00

13 Apr          Black-necked Grebe               Daventry CP – still present this afternoon

13 Apr          White Wagtail                          Hollowell Res – one early afternoon, also 2 Jack Snipe and c.10 Yellow Wagtails there

13 Apr          Osprey                                          Pitsford Res – one over south at 10.00

13 Apr          Osprey                                          Clifford Hill GP – one over high north at 09.10, also Knot still present

13 Apr         Garganey                                      Ditchford GP – a pair on the second lake west of the A6 bridge at 09.00

13 Apr          Ring Ouzel                                  Harrington AF – male showing well by the third bunker at 08.45

13 Apr         Tree Pipit                                    Stanford Res – one over north at 08.30, also 15 Goldeneye, Curlew and Northern Wheatear there

13 Apr          Knot                                              Clifford Hill GP – one still at 07.45, also Peregrine, Little Ringed Pliover, 3 Golden Plovers, 2 Dunlin and Black-tailed Godwit there

13 Apr          Black Redstart                          Desborough – no sign of  the one at ‘Rigid Containers’ between 07.30 and 08.00

Friday 12th April  2013

12 Apr          White Wagtail                          Hollowell Res – two this evening (19.00), also 6 Jack Snipe and 10 Yellow Wagtails there

12 Apr          Osprey                                          Sywell CP – one over east

12 Apr          Great White Egret                   Summer Leys – one today, also 2 Black-necked Grebes still, Pintail, 2 Redshank, 2 Dunlin, and 2 Common Terns there

12 Apr          Great White Egret                   Pitsford Res – one in Walgrave Bay, also a Green Sandpiper and Brambling there

12 Apr          Black Redstart                          Desborough – one at ‘Rigid Containers’, viewable from the gatehouse entrance in front of the GKN pallets near the offices

12 Apr          White Wagtail                          Stanwick GP – one this afternoon, also 3 Goosanders, Green Sandpiper and Sedge Warbler there

12 Apr          Knot                                              Clifford Hill GP – one still at 14.00, also Black-tailed Godwit and Common Sandpiper there

12 Apr          Knot                                              Clifford Hill GP – one on the central grassy peninsular of the main barrage lake 13.15, also Common Tern and Northern Wheatear there

12 Apr          Black-necked Grebe               Summer Leys LNR – two still present at midday, also Pintail, Curlew and Common Tern there

12 Apr          Black-necked Grebe               Summer Leys LNR – two summer-plumaged individuals on the main lake, from Pioneer Hide, this morning at 08.30

12 Apr          Black-necked Grebe               Daventry CP – still present this morning

Thursday 11th April

11 Apr          Ring Ouzel                                 Harrington AF – male by third bunker this afternoon, also 10 Golden Plovers, 2 Northern Wheatears and Yellow Wagtail there

11 Apr          Whimbrel                                   Stanwick GP – two flew east early afternoon, also 6 Goosanders and Green Sandpiper there

11 Apr          Garganey                                    Ecton SF – two (one drake) still on the outflow stream between bridge K121 and the River Nene

11 Apr          Green-winged Teal                 Irthlingborough – drake still on floodwater west of A6 road bridge, viewable from bottom of Lime Street early afternoon

11 Apr          Black-necked Grebe               Daventry CP – still present this morning

11 Apr          Black-tailed Godwit               Clifford Hill GP – one still there, also Goosander and Golden Plover at 09.00

Wednesday 10th April

10 Apr          Common Tern                           Summer Leys LNR – one on the main lake at 17.30, also female Pintail there

10 Apr          Garganey                                    Ecton SF – drake still on the outflow stream, also Green Sandpiper there

10 Apr          Common Tern                           Stanwick GP – one today, also Green Sandpiper there

10 Apr          Black-necked Grebe               Daventry CP – still present, also 3 Goosanders, second-year Yellow-legged Gull, first-winter Glaucous x Herring Gull hybrid and Northern Wheatear there

10 Apr          Crossbill                                      Borough Hill – a singing male this morning

Tuesday 9th April

09 Apr          Black-tailed Godwit              Clifford Hill GP – two there, also 30 Golden Plovers, 2 Dunlin and Redshank there at 19.00

09 Apr          Green-winged Teal                Irthlingborough – drake still on floodwater west of A6 road bridge, viewable from bottom of Lime Street late afternoon

09 Apr          Curlew                                         Thrapston GP – four on Titchmarsh LNR

09 Apr          Garganey                                    Ecton SF – drake again on the outflow stream from bridge, also a pair further downstream at confluence with R. Nene plus 2 Swallows there

09 Apr          Firecrest                                     Ditchford GP – still showing well along old railway line, west of the A6 bridge at 17.30

09 Apr          Black-necked Grebe               Stanwick GP – still on the main lake at 16.00, also Green Sandpiper and Swallow there

09 Apr          Firecrest                                     Ditchford GP – still showing well along old railway line, between the new A6 bridge and the old one early afternoon

09 Apr          Firecrest                                     Ditchford GP – still singing in willows and showing well along old railway line, between the new A6 bridge and the old one at 10.30

09 Apr          Firecrest                                     Ditchford GP – a singing male in willows along old railway line, just west of the A6 bridge at 09.20

09 Apr          Green-winged Teal                Irthlingborough – drake again on floodwater west of A6 road bridge, showing well and viewable from bottom of Lime Street this morning at 09.10

09 Apr          Ring Ouzel                                 Rushden – one at the bottom of Avenue Road at 08.20

09 Apr          Marsh Harrier                          Pitsford Res – one flew north over the dam at 08.15

09 Apr          Black-necked Grebe               Stanwick GP – a summer-plumaged  individual on the main lake this morning (07.35), also 4 Little Ringed Plovers and Dunlin there, also 5 Goosanders and a Sand Martin

Monday 8th April

08 Apr          Curlew                                          Northampton – one flew north-east over Langlands at 17.10

08 Apr          Black-necked Grebe               Daventry CP – one again at the southern end, showing well this morning

Sunday 7th April

07 Apr          Garganey                                    Ecton SF – drake again on the outflow stream

07 Apr          Great White Egret                  Summer Leys LNR – one in field opposite the car park at 11.00

07 Apr          Curlew                                         Pitsford Res – one over this morning, also Little Ringed Plover on the dam

07 Apr          Black-necked Grebe               Daventry CP – one again at the southern end, elusive among willows this morning

07 Apr          Black-tailed Godwit              Clifford Hill GP – one still this morning, also 4 Goosanders,  Ringed Plover and Little Ringed Plover there

Saturday 6th April

06 Apr          Osprey                                         Corby – one flew north over Earlstrees Industrial Estate at 16.20

06 Apr          Black-tailed Godwit              Clifford Hill GP – one still this afternoon, also 13 Goosanders,  2 Little Ringed Plovers, 4 Curlews and 8 Common Snipe there and a Northern Wheatear on the waste ground opposite the nearby Premier Inn

06 Apr          Great White Egret                  Summer Leys LNR – one flew west at 15.00

06 Apr          Bittern                                         Stortons GP – one seen briefly in flight over the reedbed at 13.20

06 Apr          Bittern                                         Ravensthorpe Res – still in reeds by ‘Deep Mud’ sign at 12.30; 2 Jack Snipe and 25 Common Snipe at nearby Hollowell Res

06 Apr          Garganey                                    Ecton SF – drake still on the outflow stream until 11.00 when flushed by dog-walkers

06 Apr          Black-tailed Godwit              Clifford Hill GP – one still this morning, also 13 Goosanders and Dunlin there

06 Apr          Grey Plover                                Daventry CP – one flew north-east at 07.05 but no sign of the Black-necked Grebe

Friday 5th April

05 Apr          Knot                                              Pitsford Res – one briefly between Pintail Bay and Yacht Bay this evening

05 Apr          Siberian Chiffchaff                 Ecton SF – one still along the outflow stream to the R Nene (SP832616) at 15.00, also drake Garganey again plus female Brambling

05 Apr          Black-tailed Godwit              Irthlingborough – two still on floodwater at the bottom of Lime Street at midday

05 Apr          Black-tailed Godwit              Clifford Hill GP – one this morning

05 Apr          Black-necked Grebe               Daventry CP – one at the southern end late morning, also adult Mediterranean Gull there

Thursday 4th April  

04 Apr          Curlew                                         Summer Leys – one still this evening, also male Northern Wheatear there

04 Apr          Mediterranean Gull              Ravensthorpe Res – an adult with Black-headed Gulls near the dam late afternoon (16.45)

04 Apr          Black-tailed Godwit              Irthlingborough – nine still on floodwater west of A6 road bridge and viewable from bottom of Lime Street this afternoon between 13.30 and 15.30 but no further sign of the Green-winged Teal

04 Apr          Bar-tailed Godwit                  Ravensthorpe Res – five flew west over this afternoon at 13.30, also Bittern still present by the ‘Deep Mud’ sign on the big side and two adult Yellow-legged gulls there

04 Apr          Green-winged Teal                Irthlingborough – drake back on floodwater west of A6 road bridge and viewable from bottom of Lime Street at midday

04 Apr          Yellow Wagtail                        Harrington AF – one this morning, also Northern Wheatear and 2 Bramblings there

Wednesday 3rd April

03 Apr          Curlew                                         Summer Leys – one in the field by the weir

03 Apr          Black-tailed Godwit              Irthlingborough – nine on floodwater west of A6 road bridge and viewable from bottom of Lime Street this afternoon, also 2 Northern Wheatears but no sign of Garganey or Green-winged Teal

03 Apr          Mealy Redpoll                          Northampton – one in an East Hunsbury garden briefly this morning at 07.20

Tuesday 2nd April

02 Apr          Black-tailed Godwit              Irthlingborough – eight again on floodwater west of A6 road bridge and viewable from bottom of Lime Street 16.45

02 Apr          Siberian Chiffchaff                 Ecton SF – one/two still from the bridge over the outflow stream to the R Nene (SP832616) at 11.45, also Green Sandpiper there

02 Apr          Osprey                                        Pitsford Res – one north over the dam at 14.30, also drake Garganey and Green Sandpiper on floodwater below dam briefly until flushed by a Peregrine

02 Apr          Garganey                                   Irthlingborough – drake on floodwater west of A6 road bridge and viewable from bottom of Lime Street mid-afternoon but no sign of Green-winged Teal

02 Apr          Hen Harrier                              Wollaston – a male flew east over the sports field at 13.00

Monday 1st April

01 Apr          Bittern                                         Stanwick GP – one on the penultimate eastern pit this evening

01 Apr          Great White Egret                  Summer Leys LNR – one from Paul Britten Hide late afternoon

01 Apr          Black-tailed Godwit              Stanwick GP – one plus 2 Dunlin this afternoon

01 Apr          Green-winged Teal                Irthlingborough – drake still on floodwater west of A6 road bridge and viewable from bottom of Lime Street at 16.30, also 2 Caspian Gulls reported there

01 Apr          Smew                                           Pitsford Res – seven (2 drakes) north of the causeway

01 Apr          Green-winged Teal                Irthlingborough – drake back on floodwater west of A6 road bridge and viewable from bottom of Lime Street at 11.30, also 6 Black-tailed Godwits

01 Apr          Siberian Chiffchaff                 Ecton SF – one/two still from the bridge over the outflow stream to the R Nene (SP832616) at 11.45, also the drake Garganey still and Green Sandpiper there

01 Apr          Black-tailed Godwit              Irthlingborough – eight on floodwater west of A6 road bridge and viewable from bottom of Lime Street 10.05, also 2 Ruff there but no sign of the Green-winged Teal this morning

Sunday 31st March

31 Mar          Black Redstart                         Pattishall – one mobile about the Manor House during the afternoon

31 Mar          Black-tailed Godwit              Irthlingborough – four on floodwater west of A6 road bridge and viewable from bottom of Lime Street 17.10, also 3 Ruff there

31 Mar          Osprey                                         Harrington AF – one flew over toward Kettering at 15.00, also 2 Northern Wheatears and c.12 Bramblings there

31 Mar          Garganey                                    Ecton SF – a drake showing well from the bridge over the outflow stream to the R Nene (SP832616) at 14.15, also Green Sandpiper and one Siberian Chiffchaff still with c8 Chiffchaffs at midday

31 Mar          Green-winged Teal                Irthlingborough – drake still on floodwater west of A6 road bridge and viewable from bottom of Lime Street mid-morning, also Little Ringed Plover there

Saturday 30th March

30 Mar          Green-winged Teal                Irthlingborough – drake still on floodwater west of A6 road bridge and viewable from bottom of Lime Street, showing well between 14.30 and 15.30

30 Mar          Short-eared Owl                     Maidwell – one mobile about Blueberry Farm, also Peregrine there

30 Mar          Green-winged Teal                Irthlingborough – drake still on floodwater west of A6 road bridge and viewable Nene Way below the town (12.45) also 2 Black-tailed Godwits there (10.30), Willow Warbler along old railway track and Ruff at nearby Stanwick GP

30 Mar          Hen Harrier                              Duston – a ‘ringtail’ flew high north at 09.50

30 Mar          Ring Ouzel                                 Stanford Res – a male on the dam briefly at 09.10 before disappearing into adjacent thick scrub, also 2 Goosanders, 27 Goldeneye and 4 Golden Plovers there; 2 Jack Snipe at nearby Hollowell Res

Friday 29th March

29 Mar          Mediterranean Gull              Boddington Res – two adults in the roost this evening, also 18 Goosanders there

29 Mar          Black-tailed Godwit              Stanwick GP – thirteen on main lake late-PM

29 Mar          Green-winged Teal                Irthlingborough – the Stanwick GP drake relocated on floodwater west of A6 road bridge and viewable distantly from the end of Lime Street (12.25)

29 Mar          Curlew                                         Thrapston GP – two at Wadenhoe, also drake Pintail on North Lake and 6 Goosanders on Titchmarsh Reserve Pit

29 Mar          Osprey                                         Sulby – one over north-west at 11.00

29 Mar          Curlew                                         Pitsford Res – one flew east this morning

29 Mar          Black-tailed Godwit              Stanwick GP – four flew west this morning, also Egyptian Goose there

29 Mar          Common Crane                       Thorpe Waterville – present until 05.45 when they flew high north-east

Thursday 28th March

28 Mar          Glaucous Gull                          Stanwick GP – a juvenile briefly early evening

28 Mar          Common Crane                       Thorpe Waterville – two back on the flooded field and adjacent ploughed field behind the village, north-east of the Thorpe Waterville to Aldwinckle Road and showing well at 17.00

28 Mar          Marsh Harrier                          Spratton – one over at 16.30 flew towards Pitsford Res

28 Mar          Common Crane                       Thorpe Waterville – two still on the flooded field behind the village, north-east of the Thorpe Waterville to Aldwinckle Road at 15.55

28 Mar          Bittern                                         Ravensthorpe Res – still on the small side as viewed from the causeway this afternoon at 14.30

28 Mar          Whimbrel                                   Sywell CP – two over, also Northern Wheatear

28 Mar          Mediterranean Gull              Blatherwycke Lake – one with Black-headed Gulls today

28 Mar          Green-winged Teal                Stanwick GP – no sign of drake in the north-east corner of the main lake today

28 Mar          Common Crane                       Thorpe Waterville – two reported on the flooded field there today

28 Mar          Great White Egret                  Summer Leys LNR – three this morning to 10.30 when they flew toward Earls Barton before returning to Summer Leys where still present at 11.45 and viewable from Pioneer Hide

28 Mar          Black-tailed Godwit              Stanwick GP – eleven this morning, also Little Ringed Plover and 14 Redshanks there but no sign yet of Green-winged Teal

Wednesday 27th March

27 Mar          Iceland Gull                             Stanwick GP – juvenile on main lake at dusk

27 Mar          Northern Wheatear              Clifford Hill GP – male still this afternoon, also Dunlin, 2 Golden Plovers and 4 Goosanders at 17.00

27 Mar          Mealy Redpoll                          Polebrook – one briefly in a private garden

27 Mar          Great White Egret                  Summer Leys LNR – one again at 15.00, also Curlew and Black-tailed Godwit there

27 Mar          Kittiwake                                   Stanwick GP – an adult flew west at 13.20

27 Mar          Northern Wheatear              Harrington AF – one this morning

27 Mar          Willow Warbler                      Thrapston GP – one by the River Nene at Titchmarsh Reserve, also 25 Goosanders and immature Peregrine there

27 Mar          Green-winged Teal                Stanwick GP – drake still in the north-east corner of the main lake early afternoon

Tuesday 26th March

26 Mar          Mediterranean Gull              Boddington Res – an adult in the roost early evening, also 12 Goosanders there

26 Mar          Smew                                           Pitsford Res – six (2 drakes) in Scaldwell Bay this evening

26 Mar          Green-winged Teal                Stanwick GP – drake still in the north-east corner of the main lake late afternoon, also 3 Goosanders, 11 Redshank and 2 Dunlin there

26 Mar          Egyptian Goose                       Irthlingborough – one on flooded field behind Manor Drive, north of Ditchford GP at 17.55

26 Mar          Glaucous Gull                         Ditchford GP – juvenile west of Ditchford Lane between 14.30 and 15.35 when it flew east, also drake Scaup again mobile around pits west of Ditchford Lane, 4 Goosanders, Ringed Plover, Curlew, 8 Common Snipe, Dunlin and 6 Chiffchaffs there

26 Mar          Northern Wheatear              Clifford Hill GP – male still on fence by trout lake this afternoon

26 Mar          Green-winged Teal                Stanwick GP – drake still in the north-east corner of the main lake mid-afternoon, also 2 Ruff, c50 Common Snipe and 2 Dunlin there

26 Mar          Ruff                                               Stanwick GP – three in the north-east corner of the main lake early afternoon, also 7 Redshank and a Dunlin there

26 Mar          Green-winged Teal                Stanwick GP – drake still in the north-east corner of the main lake at midday

26 Mar          Marsh Harrier                         Summer Leys LNR – a male through at 09.00

Monday 25th March

25 Mar          Green-winged Teal                Stanwick GP – drake still in the extreme north-east corner of the main lake mid-afternoon but very elusive, also 2 Dunlin, 9 Redshanks and 50+ Snipe

25 Mar          Green-winged Teal                Stanwick GP – drake again in the north-east corner of the main lake at 13.20

25 Mar          Bittern                                         Ravensthorpe Res – again on the small side, viewable from the causeway at 11.30

25 Mar          Green-winged Teal                Stanwick GP – again no further sign of drake in the north-east corner of the main lake by 11.15 but was being reported as very elusive yesterday afternoon

Sunday 24th March

24 Mar          Bittern                                         Stortons GP – one flew into the reedbed at 17.30, also ‘redhead’ Smew at rear of main reserve lake and 15 Common Snipe there

24 Mar          Avocet                                          Irthlingborough – still on flooded field, north of Ditchford GP, viewable at long range from bottom of Lime Street, Irthlingborough at 17.35, also near-adult Caspian Gull there

24 Mar          Ring Ouzel                                  Wicken – a male with winter thrushes and Starlings on a snow-free patch of horse paddock at SP752386, also male Northern Wheatear there

24 Mar          Black-tailed Godwit               Summer Leys LNR – one during the afternoon (for its 2nd day), also c30 Golden Plovers, Redshank and Common Snipe there

24 Mar          Green-winged Teal                Stanwick GP – no further sign of drake in the north-east corner of the main lake by late afternoon; last confirmed sighting was 13.45

24 Mar          Avocet                                          Irthlingborough – one on a flooded field, north of Ditchford GP, below Manor Drive and viewable from Nene Way between Lime Street Irthlingborough and the Diamonds Football Ground

24 Mar          Scaup                                           Ditchford GP – drake again on watersports pit at 12.30

24 Mar          Little Ringed Plover              Pitsford Res – one this morning

24 Mar          Green-winged Teal                Stanwick GP – a drake in the north-east corner of the main lake this morning, still present at 11.40, also 9 Redshanks and c20 Common Snipe there

Saturday 23rd March

23 Mar          Great White Egret                  Summer Leys LNR – one on small pool behind railway line then at back of wader bay until 17.15, also 2 Pintail and Curlew over plus Black-tailed Godwit

23 Mar          Egyptian Goose                       Ditchford GP – five still by watersports pit, west of Ditchford Lane

23 Mar          Northern Wheatear              Clifford Hill GP – male on fence by trout lake at 13.30, also 11 Goosanders, 13 Dunlin, 500 Golden Plovers and 2 Redshank there

23 Mar          Waxwing                                    Woodford Halse – eleven in a private garden again briefly this morning

Friday 22nd March

22 Mar          Kittiwake                                   Boddington Res – an adult in the roost early evening

22 Mar          Waxwing                                    Woodford Halse – eleven in a private garden before flying northeast at 15.50

22 Mar          Smew                                           Pitsford Res – six (one drake) from lagoon hide at 13.00, also 2 Goosanders and BINOCULARS FOUND ON SITE; would the owner please email northantsbirds@ntlworld.com to be put in touch with the finder

Thursday 21st March

21 Mar          Mediterranean Gull              Boddington Res – an adult in the roost late afternoon

21 Mar          Great White Egret                  Pitsford Res – again on the marsh behind Holcot Bay, on the Holcot to Walgrave Road by the Hannington turn, also Osprey in Scaldwell Bay at 14.00, 3 Green Sandpipers and male Northern Wheatear on flooded field below dam at 15.00

Wednesday 20th March

20 Mar          Merlin                                         Harrington AF – immature male again today

20 Mar          Smew                                           Thrapston GP – a ‘redhead’ today, also 12 Goosanders and a Peregrine there

20 Mar          Osprey                                        Pitsford Res – one again briefly north of causeway at 10.55 also Rock Pipit still on causeway at 13.00

Tuesday 19th March

19 Mar          Glaucous Gull                         Boddington Res – a juvenile circled for 5 minutes at 17.00 before drifting west, also 3 Mediterranean Gulls (2 adults and a first-winter) in the roost there

19 Mar          Osprey                                        Pitsford Res – one over from the south at 15.35 then fishing in Walgrave Bay, also 2 ‘redhead’ Smew north of causeway, c65 Common Snipe, second-winter Yellow-legged Gull, Sand Martin north at 15.00, Rock Pipit on causeway and Brambling near feeding station

Monday 18th March

18 Mar          Siberian Chiffchaff               Ecton SF – one still present along the outflow stream, also 4 Chiffchaffs but no sign of any Bearded Tits

18 Mar          Bearded Tit                             Earls Barton GP – one calling in the reedbed at Quarry Walk, also Bittern seen there in flight briefly

18 Mar          Crossbill                                    Bucknell Wood – seven at 11.00 but mobile

Sunday 17th March

17 Mar          Bearded Tit                              Ecton SF – one or two calling from the north side of the phragmites bed at 17.00

17 Mar          Curlew                                        Clifford Hill GP – two this afternoon

17 Mar          Curlew                                        Summer Leys – one through at 09.05

Saturday 16th March

16 Mar          White Wagtail                        Hollowell Res – one plus 2 Jack Snipe today; no sign of Bittern or any Smew at nearby Ravensthorpe Res

16 Mar          Glaucous Gull                         Wellingborough – near-adult at Finedon Road, Wellingborough, in field opposite Ise Valley Industry at 11.30

Friday 15th March

15 Mar          Mediterranean Gull              Boddington Res – a first-winter in the roost this evening, also 5 Goosanders and Curlew over north

15 Mar          Great White Egret                 Pitsford Res – again on the small marsh behind Holcot Bay, by the Hannington turn on the Holcot-Walgrave Road at 16.15

15 Mar          Glaucous Gull                         Ditchford GP – adult on Viaduct Pit at 09.00 (and then at nearby Finedon Road, Wellingborough, in field opposite Ise Valley Industry at 12.00), also drake Scaup still on Watersports Pit

Thursday 14th March

14 Mar          Great White Egret                 Pitsford Res – again in Holcot Bay today

14 Mar          Smew                                           Stanwick GP – a pair still on the main lake, also 12 Goosanders and 16 Common Snipe there

Wednesday 13th March

13 Mar          Bittern                                        Ravensthorpe Res – flew into reeds by the ‘Deep Water’ sign at 13.30

13 Mar          Osprey                                        Pitsford Res – one north over Scaldwell Bay 13.20; Merlin still at nearby Harrington AF

13 Mar          Smew                                           Stortons GP – ‘redhead’ still on the main reserve lake this morning, also 2 Goosanders there

13 Mar          Ring-necked Parakeet          Stoke Bruerne – one today at 07.20

Tuesday 12th March

12 Mar          Smew                                           Stanwick GP – a pair on the main lake, also 8 Goosanders there

12 Mar          Rock Pipit                                 Clifford Hill GP – one by the River Nene bridge at the eastern end then flew east this afternoon, also 220 Golden Plovers and 3 Ringed Plovers there

12 Mar          Siberian Chiffchaff               Ecton SF – one still along the outflow stream with 8 Chiffchaffs this afternoon at 15.00

Monday 11th March

11 Mar          Bittern                                       Ravensthorpe Res – again on show from the causeway, on the small side, between midday and 12.30, also ‘redhead’ Smew, second-winter Yellow-legged Gull and Chiffchaff there

11 Mar          Egyptian Goose                     Ditchford GP – five still present in field alongside watersports pit this afternoon

Sunday 10th March

10 Mar          Curlew                                       Ecton SF – three on pool by reedbed this afternoon, also Green Sandpiper

10 Mar          Slavonian Grebe                   Daventry CP – still present at 15.10, also 4 Goosanders

10 Mar          Scandinavian Rock Pipit  Stanwick GP – one on the A45 Lay-by Pit causeway before flying high east at 10.50

10 Mar          Slavonian Grebe                   Daventry CP – still present at 10.00

10 Mar          Rock Pipit                               Boddington Res – one flew east at 07.50

10 Mar          Slavonian Grebe                   Daventry CP – one at the southern end this morning

Saturday 9th March

09 Mar          Sand Martin                           Ditchford GP – two today

09 Mar          Smew                                         Ravensthorpe Res – a pair on the small side; a Curlew over nearby Great Brington

09 Mar          Kittiwake                                 Boddington Res – adult in roost this evening

09 Mar          Egyptian Goose                     Ditchford GP – five still present in field alongside watersports pit this afternoon

09 Mar          Glaucous Gull                       Wellingborough – juvenile in flooded field by Finedon Road, opposite industrial estate this afternoon

09 Mar          Great White Egret                Pitsford Res – still north of the causeway today, also 2 Smew there

09 Mar          Crossbill                                   Wakerley Great Wood – approximately 20, 50 m along path south from car park 10.05

09 Mar          Smew                                          Stortons GP – a ‘redhead’ on the reserve lake, 10.05, viewable from the access road to Sixfields Lake car park, also 3 Goosanders, 7 Common Snipe there and 17 Golden Plovers over south

09 Mar         Rock Pipit                                 Hollowell Res – one on the Guilsborough Bay point at 08.30 before flying north, also 2 Goosander, Ringed Plover, Dunlin, 4 Jack Snipe, 17 Common Snipe and an adult Yellow-legged Gull there

09 Mar          Bittern                                       Ravensthorpe Res – again on show from the causeway, this morning on the big side, in the reeds by the ‘Deep Water’ sign at 08.00

Thursday 7th March

07 Mar          Bittern                                       Ravensthorpe Res – again on show from the causeway by the dead tree on the small side at 13.00

Wednesday 6th March

06 Mar          Glaucous Gull                         Stanwick GP – a near-adult on the main lake mid-afternoon (15.00)

06 Mar          Merlin                                        Harrington AF – one again this morning; 5 Waxwings at nearby Brixworth CP at 14.30

Tuesday 5th March

05 Mar          Crossbill                                   Wakerley Great Wood – between 12 and 15 near the car park toilet block 12.30-13.30

05 Mar          Merlin                                        Harrington AF – one at Harrington AF; 2 Smew in Scaldwell Bay at nearby Pitsford Res

05 Mar          Bearded Tit                             Ecton SF – at least two in the Phragmites bed, also Stonechat and 15 Chiffchaffs there

05 Mar          Egyptian Goose                     Ditchford GP – five still present in field alongside watersports pit this morning

05 Mar          Great White Egret                Pitsford Res – still north of the causeway at 11.45

05 Mar          Iceland Gull                            Earls Barton GP – adult on Mary’s Lake at 11.15

Monday 4th March

04 Mar          Merlin                                         Maidwell – one at Blueberry Farm this afternoon

04 Mar          Smew                                          Ravensthorpe Res – a ‘redhead’on the small side

04 Mar          Glaucous Gull                         Ditchford GP – juvenile again this afternoon, also drake Scaup still present

Sunday 3rd March

03 Mar          Crossbill                                    Wakerley Great Wood – approximately 30 on the main track, 250 m from the car park (walking clockwise on the short circular route)

03 Mar          Glaucous Gull                         Ditchford GP – juvenile on watersports pit at midday, also near adult on Viaduct Pit

03 Mar          Great White Egret                Pitsford Res – again in Walgrave Bay at 11.00

03 Mar          Iceland Gull                            Irthlingborough – adult on flooded field, west of A6, between Finedone and Irtyhlingborough at 10.00

03 Mar          Iceland Gull                            Sidegate Landfill – juvenile at 09.45 before flying east

03 Mar          Scaup                                         Ditchford GP – drake still on watersports pit at 09.00 and 5 Egyptian Gesse still adjacent fiele

03 Mar          Bittern                                       Ravensthorpe Res – again on show from the causeway by the dead tree on the small side

Saturday 2nd March

02 Mar          Waxwing                                   Harrington AF – three in the large tree behind the chippings compound, 16.45 until 17.05 when they flew south

02 Mar          Bittern                                       Ravensthorpe Res – flew to the reedbed on the big side at 15.35

02 Mar          Slavonian Grebe                    Clifford Hill GP – still on  the Trout Lake this afternoon, also the 8 European White-fronted Geese still present plus 3 Goosander and at least 58 Golden Plovers there

02 Mar          Bittern                                       Ravensthorpe Res – again on show from the causeway by the dead tree ion the small side at midday, also ‘redhead’ Smew and adult Yellow-legged Gull there

02 Mar          European White-fronted Goose     Clifford Hill GP – eight still present in the fields between the main barrage lake and the A428 Bedford Road Inn 06.50

02 Mar          Bittern                                       Ravensthorpe Res – showing well from the causeway on the small side at 09.30, also ‘redhead’ Smew there; 3 Jack Snipe and a Chiffchaff at nearby Hollowell Res

Friday 1st March

01 Mar          Siberian Chiffchaff               Ecton SF – at least one still along the outflow stream along with Chiffchaffs late PM and up to 3 Bearded Tits in the reedbed

01 Mar          European White-fronted Goose     Clifford Hill GP – eight still present in the fields between the main barrage lake and the A428 Bedford Road Inn mid-PM

01 Mar          Bittern                                       Ravensthorpe Res – again on show from the causeway early afternoon until 14.30 at least

01 Mar          Iceland Gull                            Wellingborough – juvenile in flooded field opposite Finedon Road Industrial Estate 11.30

Thursday 28th February

28 Feb          Siberian Chiffchaff               Ecton SF – one still along the outflow stream along with Chiffchaffs this afternoon, also Green Sandpiper there but no sign of any Bearded Tits in the reedbed

28 Feb          Great White Egret                Pitsford Res – again in Walgrave Bay this afternoon at 14.00

28 Feb          Bittern                                       Ravensthorpe Res – again from the causeway, on the small side under a dead oak, mid-afternoon

Wednesday 27th February

27 Feb          European White-fronted Goose     Thrapston GP – one still with Greylags on North Lake at 15.05

27 Feb          Bearded Tit                             Ecton SF – one or two calling from the Phragmites bed, also Green Sandpiper and 8+ Chiffchaffs there

27 Feb          Bittern                                       Ravensthorpe Res – one again on the small side at 13.35, also 4 ‘redhead’ Smew there

27 Feb          Crossbill                                    Harlestone Heath – several mobile and elusive 75 m from laurels at old ruin on the main beech avenue

Monday 25th February

25 Feb          European White-fronted Goose     Clifford Hill GP – eight still present in the field behind the Premier Inn at 15.15

25 Feb          European White-fronted Goose     Clifford Hill GP – eight still present in the field behind the Premier Inn at 12.30

Sunday 24th February

24 Feb          European White-fronted Goose     Clifford Hill GP – eight still present at dusk (18.05) also 14 Goosanders there

24 Feb          Glaucous Gull                        Ditchford GP – two juveniles on Viaduct Pit this afternoon at 14.30

24 Feb          European White-fronted Goose     Thrapston GP – one with Greylags, also 18 Goosanders there

24 Feb          Glaucous Gull                        Ditchford GP – juvenile again on Viaduct Pit 12.15

24 Feb          Slavonian Grebe                    Clifford Hill GP – still on  the Trout Lake this morning, also 8 European White-fronted Geese still present

24 Feb          Siberian Chiffchaff               Ecton SF – one still along the outflow stream along with 8 Chiffchaffs this morning at 11.30

24 Feb          Smew                                          Ravensthorpe Res – two ‘redheads’ this morning

24 Feb          Scaup                                         Ditchford GP – a drake on the Watersports Pit at 10.35, also 5 Egyptian Geese in adjacent flooded field

24 Feb          European White-fronted Goose     Clifford Hill GP – eight still in field behind Premier Inn at 08.15

Saturday 23rd February

23 Feb          European White-fronted Goose     Clifford Hill GP – eight still in field behind Premier Inn at 17.20

23 Feb          Bittern                                       Ravensthorpe Res – one on the small side at 15.30, also 6 Smew (4 ‘redheads’ from causeway, 2 drakes by the dam)

23 Feb          Smew                                          Pitsford Res – five (2 drakes) in Scaldwell Bay and one ‘redhead’ in Catwalk Bay plus a fly-over Shelduck this morning

23 Feb          Smew                                          Ravensthorpe Res – three ‘redheads’ on the small side; at nearby Hollowell Res, 4 Jack Snipe (all in close proximity along eastern
shore)

23 Feb          Siberian Chiffchaff               Ecton SF – one still today

23 Feb          Slavonian Grebe                    Clifford Hill GP – still on  the Trout Lake, also 8 European White-fronted Geese still present this morning

Friday 22nd February

22 Feb          Iceland Gull                            Stanwick GP – an adult on the main lake (from the hide) plus a juvenile Glaucous Gull there late afternoon

22 Feb          Glaucous Gull                        Ditchford GP – a juvenile on Viaduct Pit this afternoon

22 Feb          Slavonian Grebe                    Clifford Hill GP – one on  the Trout Lake, also 8 European White-fronted Geese with Greylags and Canada Geese in fields between the main barrage lake and Bedford Road plus 70-80 Golden Plovers there

Wednesday 20th February

20 Feb          Glaucous Gull                        Stanwick GP – a juvenile on the main lake late afternoon, also 2 Pintail, 3 Oystercatchers, 9 Redshank and Dunlin there

20 Feb          Siberian Chiffchaff               Ecton SF – one still this afternoon, also 12 Chiffchaffs and Curlew there

20 Feb          Ring-necked Parakeet        Stoke Bruerne – two flew over Rookery Lane at 10.00

Tuesday 19th February

19 Feb          Glaucous Gull                        Ditchford GP – a juvenile on Viaduct Pit, west of Ditchford Lane at 17.00 before flying west, also two drake Scaup on the Watersports Pit, 2 Shelduck, 6 Goosanders, 33 Goldeneye and 3 Oystercatchers there

19 Feb          Ring-necked Parakeet        Stoke Bruerne – seven in tree just east of Stoke Bruerne along Rookery Lane at 16.45

19 Feb          Bearded Tit                             Earls Barton GP – two males still from the boardwalk at Quarry Walk SP865616 at 14.00

19 Feb          Great White Egret                Pitsford Res – still present north of the causeway

19 Feb          Bearded Tit                             Earls Barton GP – two males showing well from the boardwalk at Quarry Walk SP865616 at midday

Monday 18th February

18 Feb          Mealy Redpoll                         Polebrook -one on a Nyger seed feeder in a private garden

18 Feb          Great White Egret                Pitsford Res – still present at 15.30, also 2 ‘redhead’ Smew in Holcot Bay

18 Feb          Great White Egret                Pitsford Res – again in Walgrave Bay this afternoon at 14.00

18 Feb          Bearded Tit                             Earls Barton GP – one again (heard only) at Quarry Walk SP865616 this morning

Sunday 17th February

17 Feb          Bittern                                       Ditchford GP – one on southern side of Lake 3 SP934682 then flew east

17 Feb          Egyptian Goose                      Barnwell CP – two in a field SW of the country park, viewed from riverside footpath TL033869 at 15.00

17 Feb          Great White Egret                Pitsford Res – still north of the causeway this afternoon

17 Feb          Waxwing                                   Great Brington – approximately 12 in Hamilton Lane, near Main Street, mid-afternoon

17 Feb          Mealy Redpoll                         Byfield -one again briefly on Nyger seed feeders in a private garden at 15.45 before flying east

17 Feb          Siberian Chiffchaff               Ecton SF – two still this afternoon

17 Feb          Bearded Tit                             Earls Barton GP – a male at the western end of the large Phragmites bed along the footpath opposite Dunkleys Restaurant, viewable from the boardwalk at the entrance to Quarry Walk SP865616 at 12.25

17 Feb          Ring-necked Parakeet         Ashton – four flew north over Stoke Bruerne Road by Old Boys Rugby Club at 11.30

17 Feb          Siberian Chiffchaff               Ecton SF – two still along the outflow stream late morning along with 10+ Chiffchaffs, also two male Bearded Tits at the eastern end of the Phragmites bed and Green Sandpiper there

17 Feb          Smew                                          Pitsford Res –  six (one drake) north of causeway, by fishing lodge 09.00

Saturday 16th February

16 Feb          Smew                                          Earls Barton GP – two ‘redheads’ on Mary’s Lake this afternoon

16 Feb          Smew                                          Ravensthorpe Res – seven (2 drakes) this afternoon

16 Feb          Egyptian Goose                      Ditchford GP – six in flooded field off Ditchford Lane

16 Feb          Waxwing                                   Corby – four on corner of Olympic Square and Kingswood Nursery SP872875

Friday 15th February

15 Feb          Waxwing                                   Corby – several on berries on corner of Olympic Sq. and Kingswood Nursery at 14.30

15 Feb          Siberian Chiffchaff               Ecton SF – one still along the outflow stream mid-afternoon, also two Bearded Tits calling in nearby Phragmites bed

Thursday 14th February

14 Feb          Great White Egret                 Pitsford Res –  again on the flood behind Holcot Bay at midday; 6 Waxwings in Hanging Houghton this morning

14 Feb          Waxwing                                   Deanshanger –  fourteen in Springfield Gardens at 11.45 and 7 in Kings Hill Drive (half-way up, on the right)

Tuesday 12th February

12 Feb          Siberian Chiffchaff               Ecton SF – two still along the outflow stream, also at least 12 Chiffchaffs

12 Feb          Waxwing                                   Cottesbrooke –  eight by Beck Dairy at 10.30; Nordic Jackdaw at nearby Hanging Houghton

Monday 11th February

11 Feb          Waxwing                                   Pitsford Res –  seventeen flew over Scaldwell Bay at 14.30, also 9 Smew south of the causeway

11 Feb          Mealy Redpoll                         Byfield -one on Nyger seed in a private garden this morning

Sunday 10th February

10 Feb          Smew                                          Thrapston GP -two (one drake) on Titchmarsh Reserve this afternoon

10 Feb          Siberian Chiffchaff               Ecton SF – one still along the outflow stream, also male Bearded Tit in nearby Phragmites bed

Saturday 9th February

09 Feb          Smew                                          Ravensthorpe Res – thirteen (one drake) today; Goosander and male Stonechat still at nearby Hollowell Res; 10 Goosanders at Stanford Res

09 Feb          Siberian Chiffchaff               Ecton SF – one still with c.6 Chiffchaffs along the outflow stream early afternoon, also 1+ Bearded Tits calling in nearby Phragmites bed

09 Feb          Great White Egret                 Pitsford Res – again in Walgrave Bay this morning, also Brambling there

09 Feb          Black-tailed Godwit             Stanford Res – one this morning

Friday 8th February

08 Feb          Firecrest                                   Pitsford – one in a private garden (but not since)

08 Feb          Siberian Chiffchaff               Ecton SF – one with Chiffchaffs still along the outflow stream today

08 Feb          Waxwing                                   Deanshanger – six in Kingshill Drive SP763401 at 15.30

Wednesday 6th February

06 Feb          Glaucous Gull                         Stanwick GP – two juveniles on the main lake late afternoon, also 9 Redshanks there

06 Feb          Smew                                          Pitsford Res – a ‘redhead’ south of the causeway, by the gorse bushes today

06 Feb          Siberian Chiffchaff               Ecton SF – one with 15 Chiffchaffs still along the outflow stream early afternoon

Tuesday 5th February

05 Feb          Smew                                          Ravensthorpe Res – five (3 drakes) on the small side this afternoon

05 Feb          Smew                                          Pitsford Res – two drakes south of the causeway, by the gorse bushes this morning, also 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls in the gull roost this afternoon

05 Feb          Siberian Chiffchaff               Ecton SF – two still along the outflow stream this morning

Monday 4th February

04 Feb          Siberian Chiffchaff               Ecton SF – one still along the outflow stream this morning, also 8+ Chiffchaffs and Green Sandpiper there

04 Feb          Smew                                          Thrapston GP -two (one drake) on Aldwinckle Pit this morning, also 16 Goosanders there

Sunday 3rd February

03 Feb          Short-eared Owl                    Maidwell – one at Blueberry Farm this afternoon; 20 Bramblings at nearby Harrington AF

03 Feb          Smew                                          Ravensthorpe Res – eleven (3 drakes) on the small side at 16.30

03 Feb          Great White Egret                Pitsford Res – flew from Walgrave Bay to Holcot Bay this morning, also drake and ‘redhead’ Smew in Scaldwell Bay

03 Feb          Siberian Chiffchaff               Ecton SF – one still along the outflow stream at 11.00, also 20+ Chiffchaffs and Green Sandpiper there

03 Feb          Mediterranean Gull             Hollowell Res – an adult on Guilsborough Bay Point late morning

03 Feb          Smew                                          Ravensthorpe Res – at least 4 (2 drakes) on the small side this morning

Saturday 2nd February

02 Feb         Slavonian Grebe                     Pitsford Res – still present, near the holly tree, late afternoon, also first-winter Kittiwake in the gull roost

02 Feb         Siberian Chiffchaff                Ecton SF – two still, near little stone bridge, late afternoon

02 Feb         Crossbill                                     Wakerley Great Wood  – six in the car park briefly late morning

02 Feb         Siberian Chiffchaff                Ecton SF – three still late morning

02 Feb         Brent Goose                              Ravensthorpe Res – one in field on west side, between the wood and the dam at 10.40, also 12 Smew (4 drakes) there

02 Feb         Siberian Chiffchaff                Ecton SF – two still with Chiffchaffs along the sewage outfall into the River Nene this morning SP832616, also 4 Bearded Tits in nearby Phragmites reedbed

Friday 1st February

01 Feb         Crossbill                                     Wakerley Great Wood  – at least 10 in the car park at 13.00

01 Feb         Siberian Chiffchaff                Ecton SF – three still with Chiffchaffs along the sewage outfall into the River Nene this morning SP832616

01 Feb         Hawfinch                                   Great Billing – a male with Goldfinches in a private garden at 08.45

Thursday 31st January

31 Jan          Smew                                          Pitsford Res – two ‘redheads’ south of the causeway this afternoon and a drake in Scaldwell Bay

31 Jan          Smew                                          Ravensthorpe Res – three ‘redheads’ on the small side

31 Jan          Siberian Chiffchaff                Ecton SF – three still with at least 12 Chiffchaffs along the sewage outfall into the River Nene this morning SP832616, also 2 Merlins (male and female) and Green Sandpiper there

Wednesday 30th January

30 Jan          Smew                                          Ravensthorpe Res – now 13 (5 drakes) this afternoon

30 Jan         Siberian Chiffchaff                 Ecton SF – at least one still with c.10 Chiffchaffs along the sewage outfall into the River Nene at 15.00 SP832616

30 Jan         Crossbill                                    Wakerley Great Wood – four near the car park toiled block at 11.30

30 Jan         Waxwing                                    Wellingborough – five still in Rixon Road, outside Allen Concrete, at 11.00

30 Jan          Scaup                                         Ditchford GP – a female at ‘Irthlingborough Lakes’ this morning (no precise location details)

30 Jan          Smew                                          Ravensthorpe Res – ten (4 drakes) this morning

Tuesday 29th January

29 Jan          Short-eared Owl                    Thorpe Waterville – two flew over the A605 this evening

29 Jan          Smew                                          Pitsford Res – a ‘redhead’ from the causeway car park, also adult Mediterranean Gull and second-winter Yellow-legged Gull in the gull roost by the yacht club

29  Jan        Bittern                                         Stanwick GP – one in the reedbed this afternoon

29 Jan         Waxwing                                    Wellingborough – approximately six in Rixon Road at 10.45

29 Jan         Crossbill                                     Wakerley Great Wood – still c.15 around the car park this morning, also 32 Mandarin Ducks (20 drakes) at nearby Blatherwycke Lake but no sign of any Hawfinches there

29 Jan         Smew                                            Ravensthorpe Res – nine (4 drakes) this morning; at nearby Hollowell Res, 2 Pintail and Jack Snipe

Monday 28th January

28 Jan          Smew                                           Pitsford Res – two south of the causeway (drake beyond the gorse bushes, ‘redhead’ below the pig farm)

28  Jan         Bittern                                         Ravensthorpe Res – one close to the ‘Deep Water’ sign, in the reedbed on the big side as viewed from the causeway at 11.00, also 7 Smew (3 drakes)

28 Jan          Waxwing                                    Desborough – six again on Pipewell Road this morning

Sunday 27th January

27 Jan         Scaup                                           Ravensthorpe Res – first-winter drake again this afternoon, also 4 Pintail and 8 Smew (2 drakes) still present

27 Jan         Siberian Chiffchaff                 Ecton SF – at least two Chiffchaffs showing characteristics of the race tristis with c.10 Chiffchaffs along the sewage outfall into the River Nene early afternoon (present since at least yesterday) SP832616

27 Jan         Nordic Jackdaw                       Hanging Houghton – again in the sheep field behind The Croft

27 Jan         Smew                                            Ravensthorpe Res – eight (2 drakes) this morning

27  Jan        Bittern                                         Billing GP – one flushed close to the track along the northern side of the easternmost pit this morning

Saturday 26th January

26 Jan         Snow Bunting                           Harrington AF – one flew low north near the straw bales at 13.45 and may still be in the area; at nearby Pitsford Res a Bittern in Scaldwell Bay at 10.15

26 Jan         Waxwing                                     Wilby – two today

26 Jan         Smew                                            Pitsford Res – ‘redhead’ off car park and 3 drakes south of the causeway this afternoon

26 Jan         Scaup                                           Hollowell Res – first-winter drake by dam, also male Stonechat still present; at nearby Ravensthorpe Res a ‘redhead’ Smew, 3 Lesser Redpolls and a Siskin

26 Jan         Caspian Gull                              Ditchford GP – an adult on Viaduct Pit, also Peregrine on nearby pylons

26 Jan         Caspian Gull                              Ditchford GP – a first-winter on Viaduct Pit this morning

Friday 25th January

25 Jan          Short-eared Owl                      Maidwell – five in the southernmost field this afternoon at 15.30

25 Jan          Smew                                            Pitsford Res – eight or nine (4 drakes) south of the causeway this morning

Thursday 24th January

24 Jan          Merlin                                          Harrington AF – one, still, late afternoon plus 2 Bramblings there

24 Jan          Short-eared Owl                      Maidwell – three in the northernmost field today

24 Jan          Merlin                                          Hartwell – one from the bridleway off the Hanslope Road SP784497 at 14.15 and again at 14.50, also Brambling there

24 Jan          Glaucous Gull                          Ditchford GP – two (adult and near-adult) on Viaduct Pit this morning, also 2 Scaup, Peregrine, Jack Snipe, 2 adult Caspian Gulls and 3 Yellow-legged Gulls there

Wednesday 23rd January

 23 Jan         Great White Egret                  Pitsford Res – again in Walgrave Bay, also Slavonian Grebe by gorse bushes south of the causeway ,6 Smew (2 drakes), female Peregrine and 2 Bramblings; at Brixworth c.60 Waxwings over the shops, 2 Waxwings in nearby Hanging Houghton and female Merlin again at Harrington AF

23 Jan          Waxwing                                    Wellingborough – one at the top of Queensway, opposite Minerva Way, at 16.00

23 Jan          Smew                                           Clifford Hill GP – ‘redhead’ still on main barrage lake at midday

Tuesday 22nd January

22 Jan          Waxwing                                    Northampton – five on rose hips in Duston at Cotswold Avenue/Chiltern Way

22 Jan          Waxwing                                    Moulton – at least 2 in the grounds of Moulton Agricultural College this afternoon, also Chiffchaff there

22 Jan          Waxwing                                    Northampton – twenty-eight opposite Northampton Garden Centre on Newport Pagnell Road at 15.00

22 Jan          Waxwing                                    Barton Seagrave – one at the entrance to the allotments briefly before flying off

22 Jan          Waxwing                                    Desborough – several along Pipewell Road early this morning

Monday 21st January

21 Jan          Waxwing                                    Northampton – one on rose hips in Duston at Cotswold Avenue/Chiltern Way

21 Jan          Merlin                                          Harrington AF – female again this afternoon, also c.200 Skylarks and 2 Bramblings there

21 Jan          Crossbill                                      Harlestone Heath – three, 100 m left of the main entrance in trees behind the house

21 Jan          Smew                                            Stortons GP – ‘redhead’ still on main lake, also 15 Waxwings over west

21 Jan          Waxwing                                     Northampton – twenty-seven at Pineham, by the Sainsburys Distribution Centre at 14.40

21 Jan          Waxwing                                     Desborough – at least twenty this morning

Sunday 20th January

20 Jan          Smew                                            Stortons GP – ‘redhead’ still on main lake this afternoon (14.00)

20 Jan          Crossbill                                      Harlestone Heath – two-three in larches at 11.45; take path from Kings Heath, take first right after entering the wood and view from where path turns left towards main track at ruin

20 Jan          Waxwing                                     Northampton – two in gardens behind Abbey Road, Far Cotton at 09.00

Saturday 19th January

19 Jan          Waxwing                                     Desborough – twenty-six at the entrance to Grange Estate at 12.45

19 Jan          Waxwing                                     Corby- twenty-five in Skye Road at midday

19 Jan          Waxwing                                     Corby- at least 25 on TV aerials in Howard Road at midday

19 Jan         Caspian Gull                               Ditchford GP – two adults on the fishing lake late morning, also 3 Scaup (first-winter drake and female on watersports pit, and first-winter drake on Viaduct Pit), Aythya hybrid resembling drake Lesser Scaup (Viaduct Pit) and Stonechat by the river

19 Jan          Smew                                              Stortons GP – ‘redhead’ still on main lake this morning (10.00)

19 Jan          Merlin                                            Harrington AF – female again at 08.25, also c.10 Bramblings there

Friday 18th January

18 Jan          Short-eared Owl                        Maidwell – one again at Blueberry Farm, in the northernmost field; 6 Bramblings at nearby Hanging Houghton and one at Kelmarsh

Thursday 17th January

17 Jan          Smew                                             Stortons GP – ‘redhead’ still late afternoon, also 18 Goosanders there

17 Jan          Great White Egret                     Pitsford Res – still present north of the causeway this afternoon, also 8 Smew (6 drakes)

17 Jan          Waxwing                                      Burton Latimer – at least 30 opposite the Morrisons Distribution Centre at 15.30

17 Jan          Hawfinch                                      Blatherwycke Lake – still one there by the church today at 14.30 SP975965

Wednesday 16th January

16 Jan          Hawfinch                                      Blatherwycke Lake – still 3 there today SP975965

16 Jan          Bittern                                           Stortons GP – one flew into the reedbed this afternoon (14.55), also a ‘redhead’ Smew on the main pit

16 Jan          Merlin                                            Little Irchester – one west of A509, siuth of Little Irchester near ‘Animals In Need’ centre at 12.30

16 Jan          Smew                                              Ravensthorpe Res – a pair on the main part of the reservoir this afternoon

16 Jan          Waxwing                                       Northampton – eighteen at Swan Valley, between the Blacks Distribution Centre and the canal at 11.15

16 Jan          Waxwing                                       Northampton – approximately 25 still by medical centre, Rowtree Road, East Hunsbury at 08.10

Tuesday 15th January

15 Jan          Short-eared Owl                        Maidwell – one at Blueberry Farm, in the northernmost field; 8 Bramblings at nearby Harrington AF and 3 Bramblings at Hanging Houghton

15 Jan          Waxwing                                       Northampton – approximately 25 still by medical centre, Rowtree Road, East Hunsbury at 14.30

15 Jan          Great White Egret                     Pitsford Res – still present north of the causeway

15 Jan          Hawfinch                                      Blatherwycke Lake – still 3 in the Yew tree behind the church SP975965

15 Jan          Black-necked Grebe                 Pitsford Res – one off the dam close to the valve tower, also Chiffchaff in corner of dam by yacht club and Willow Tit, Crossbill and Brambling in Walgrave Bay

15 Jan          Caspian Gull                                Ditchford GP – adult on Viaduct Pit, west of Ditchford Lane at 11.50

15 Jan          Glaucous Gull                             Ditchford GP – two (juvenile and adult) on Viaduct Pit, west of Ditchford Lane at 11.30

15 Jan          Waxwing                                       Mawsley – at least 25 on berries in the village briefly at 08.45

15 Jan          Waxwing                                       Northampton – approximately 25 still by medical centre, Rowtree Road, East Hunsbury at 08.15

Monday 14th January

14 Jan          Nordic Jackdaw                         Hanging Houghton – one showing characteristics of this race again, also Brambling; at nearby Harrington AF a female Merlin, 500 Skylarks and 8 Bramblings

14 Jan          Marsh Harrier                            Stanwick GP – a ‘cream crown’ flew east late afternoon, also first-winter drake Scaup still, 7 Redshank and 28 Common Snipe there

14 Jan          Sacred Ibis                                    Ditchford GP – one at Broadholme Sewage Works, east of Ditchford Lane

14 Jan          Hawfinch                                      Blatherwycke Lake – at least 3 under the Yew tree behind the church SP975965 at 11.00

14 Jan          Waxwing                                       Northampton – approximately 30 still by medical centre, Rowtree Road, East Hunsbury at 08.30

Sunday 13th January

13 Jan          Sacred Ibis                                   Stanwick GP – one flew east at dusk

13 Jan          Waxwing                                       Northampton – twenty by the canal near Sixfields Lake at 15.30

13 Jan          Waxwing                                       Northampton – at least 6 still by medical centre, Rowtree Road, East Hunsbury at 15.00

13 Jan          Smew                                              Clifford Hill GP – a ‘redhead’ on the main barrage lake this afternoon

13 Jan          Waxwing                                       Yarwell – six in Hawthorns on footpath to Wansford early afternoon

13 Jan          Scaup                                              Stanwick GP – first-winter drake again on the main lake this afternoon at 13.40

13 Jan          Caspian Gull                               Hollowell Res – an adult at 13.15, also Jack Snipe on Guilsborough Bay point (09.00) and male Stonechat on barbed wire fence by feeder stream at 12.20

13 Jan          Sacred Ibis                                    Ditchford GP – one west of Ditchford Lane early afternoon, also 3 Scaup

13 Jan          Hawfinch                                      Blatherwycke Lake -at least 2 still by the church early afternoon SP975965, also c.30 Mandarin Ducks there

13 Jan          Crossbill                                        Wakerley Great Wood – approximately 12 today

13 Jan          Caspian Gull                               Sidegate Landfill – an adult plus an adult Yellow-legged Gull in a field close to the landfill; at nearby Ditchford GP, first-winter drake and female Scaup west of Ditchford Lane and adult Caspian Gull, also 2 Pintail on main lake

13 Jan          Hawfinch                                      Blatherwycke Lake – five in trees by the church at 10.00, also a pair of Mandarin Ducks and c50 Waxwings nearby alongside the A43

13 Jan          Great White Egret                     Pitsford Res – still present this morning, in the back of Walgrave Bay

13 Jan          Waxwing                                       Northampton – forty-five by medical centre, Rowtree Road, East Hunsbury at 08.15

Saturday 12th January

12 Jan          Glaucous Gull                             Sidegate Landfill – near adult today, also drake Scaup at nearby Ditchford GP, west of Ditchford Lane

12 Jan          Bearded Tit                                   Ecton SF –  again no sign of any in the Phragmites bed today

12 Jan          Hawfinch                                       Blatherwycke Lake – two-three reported in trees around church

12 Jan          Waxwing                                        Northampton – twenty-five by Sainsburys Distribution Centre, Pineham, also male Brambling there

12 Jan          White-fronted Goose               Stanwick GP – adult mobile around the pits mid-afternoon (15.00)

12 Jan          Great White Egret                      Pitsford Res – still present mid-afternoon, between Walgrave and Scaldwell Bay,also Goldeneye and Brambling there (14.30)

12 Jan          Waxwing                                        Fineshade – flocks of c. 65, 30 & 12 along the A43 between Fineshade/Wakerley crossroads, Laxton Hall & Blatherwycke turns 12.00-14.00 this afternoon

12 Jan          Slavonian Grebe                         Pitsford Res – still present this morning, also one, possibly 3, drake Smew south of the causeway, 4 Goosander in Walgrave Bay and Brambling by Maytrees Hide

12 Jan          Scaup                                              Hollowell Res – a first-winter drake this morning, also drake Aythya hybrid resembling Lesser Scaup, adult Yellow-legged Gull and male Stonechat; 7 Smew (2 drakes) at nearby Ravensthorpe Res

Friday 11th January

11 Jan          Glaucous Gull                              Stanwick GP – adult again on the main lake from 14.55

11 Jan          Bearded Tit                                   Ecton SF – no sign of any in the Phragmites bed to mid-afternoon

11 Jan          Hen Harrier                                  Harrington AF – a male over the rough areas to the right of the concrete track at 14.00, also 30+ Bramblings there

11 Jan          Smew                                               Ravensthorpe Res – six (two drakes) on the ‘small side’ this afternoon (13.15)

11 Jan          Waxwing                                        Northampton -up to 6 in the vicinity of medical centre, Rowtree Road, East Hunsbury at 12.35 and, nearby, 3 in roadside bushes on the B526 Newport Pagnell Road, Wootton, opposite the Northampton School for Girls at 12.50

11 Jan          Waxwing                                        Northampton – between 25 and 30 along Upton Valley Way North, Pineham, by the pedestrian crossing to Kislingbury at 12.30

11 Jan          Great White Egret                       Pitsford Res – still in Walgrave Bay early afternoon, also drake Smew there (12.30)

11 Jan          Crossbill                                         Harlestone Heath – five in larches at 11.10; take path from Kings Heath, take first right after entering the wood and view from where path turns left towards main track at ruin

11 Jan          Waxwing                                        Northampton – one still by medical centre, Rowtree Road, East Hunsbury at 08.25

Thursday 10th January

10 Jan          Black Redstart                             Wellingborough – no further sign of male in North Street/George Street this afternoon

10 Jan          Glaucous Gull                              Stanwick GP – adult reported again this afternoon

10 Jan          Waxwing                                        Brampton Valley – twelve in bushes between Hanging Houghton and Blueberry Farm this afternoon

10 Jan          Waxwing                                        Northampton – one still by medical centre, Rowtree Road, East Hunsbury at 13.30

10 Jan          Bearded Tit                                   Ecton SF – several still in the Phragmites bed plus 2 Chiffchaffs

10 Jan          Black Redstart                             Wellingborough – a male flew from North Street to George Street at 12.20 then lost from view

10 Jan          Waxwing                                        Hanging Houghton – two early morning only; nearby, 30 in bushes along the Brixworth by-pass at 11.00 and 3 Bramblings at the feeding station north of the causeway at nearby Pitsford Res

10 Jan          Waxwing                                        Northampton – approximately 15 by medical centre, Rowtree Road, East Hunsbury at 08.25

Wednesday 9th January

09 Jan          Glaucous Gull                              Stanwick GP – an adult and a juvenile on the main lake late pm

09 Jan          Hawfinch                                       Harringworth AF – three in hawthorns plus 10 Waxwings along the back edge of Wakerley Great Wood, at which c.15 Crossbills by the car park toilet  block and 28 Waxwings alongside the A43 by the Laxton Hall junction; 6 Mandarin Ducks at nearby Blatherwycke Lake

09 Jan          Bearded Tit                                   Ecton SF – five still in the phragmites bed mid-afternoon (access across the River Nene via Cogenhoe Mill or from Green Lane, south of Ecton village)

09 Jan          Smew                                               Ravensthorpe Res – two drakes and a  ‘redhead’ present

09 Jan          Merlin                                             Northampton – a female over by Sainsburys Distribution Centre, Pineham at 14.30

09 Jan          Smew                                               Sywell CP – ‘redhead’ still present

09 Jan          Slavonian Grebe                         Pitsford Res – still south of the causeway, by the gorse bushes this morning at 11.00, also drake Smew at far end of Holcot Bay

09 Jan          Waxwing                                        Northampton – fifty by Sainsburys Distribution Centre, Pineham, late morning

09 Jan          Bearded Tit                                   Ecton SF – now 5 in the phragmites bed mid-morning, also Green Sandpiper, 6+ Chiffchaffs and 6+ Lesser Redpolls there (access across the River Nene via Cogenhoe Mill or from Green Lane, south of Ecton village)

09 Jan          Bearded Tit                                   Ecton SF – two still in the phragmites bed early morning showing very well at edge of reeds SP830618 (access across the River Nene via Cogenhoe Mill or from Green Lane, south of Ecton village)

Tuesday 8th January

08 Jan          Smew                                               Sywell CP – a ‘redhead’ this afternoon, also 60-70 Siskins and several Lesser Redpolls

08 Jan          Crossbill                                         Wakerley Wood – approximately 10 still in larches behind the toilet block early afternoon

08 Jan          Waxwing                                        Weldon – twenty-six at Weldon Woodland Park at 13.30, entry via Hillside Crescent, follow tarmac path for 100 m to view

08 Jan          Slavonian Grebe                         Pitsford Res – still south of the causeway, between the gorse bushes and Stone Bridge Bay this morning, also 3 Lesser Redpolls in same area, Goosander and ‘redhead’ Smew in Scaldwell Bay

08 Jan          Waxwing                                        Brampton Valley – twenty-five this morning flew towards Blueberry Farm, Maidwell, where male Stonechat still present

08 Jan          Scaup                                              Stanwick GP – a first-winter male on the main lake this afternoon

Monday 7th January

07 Jan          Waxwing                                        Harrington AF – four flew north this afternoon, also Peregrine and 6 Bramblings there and another Waxwing in the nearby Brampton Valley between Lamport and Draughton; Peregrine and Stonechat at nearby Blueberry Farm, Maidwell

07 Jan          Glaucous Gull                              Stanwick GP – juvenile on the main lake again this pm, also Peregrine there

07 Jan          Crossbill                                         Wakerley Wood – several still in larches behind the toilet block

07 Jan          Scaup                                               Ditchford GP – male still on the watersports pit west of Ditchford Lane

07 Jan          Waxwing                                        Weldon – twenty-nine at Weldon Woodland Park in small spinney on the east side of the path at SP922894

07 Jan          Bearded Tit                                   Ecton SF – three (one male) still in the phragmites bed mid-morning, also Green Sandpiper and 2 Chiffchaffs there (access across the River Nene via Cogenhoe Mill)

Sunday 6th January 

06 Jan          Glaucous Gull                              Stanwick GP – a juvenile on the main lake again this afternoon (16.00) also juvenile Iceland Gull, 9 Goosander, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin and 6 Redshank there

06 Jan          Waxwing                                         Weldon – one reported at Woodland Park

06 Jan          Waxwing                                         Blatherwycke – twenty-five by the A43 SP965963 at 15.00

06 Jan          Waxwing                                         Northampton – thirteen in Northampton Garden Centre car park, Newport Pagnell Road, Wootton at 15.00

06 Jan          Merlin                                              Harrington AF – a female this afternoon, also Peregrine and 12 Bramblings there

06 Jan          Slavonian Grebe                          Pitsford Res – still south of the causeway, also ‘redhead’ Smew north of the causeway

06 Jan          Bearded Tit                                   Ecton SF – three (one male) still at the western end of the phragmites bed at 14.20, also Peregrine, Green Sandpiper and Chiffchaff there (access across the River Nene via Cogenhoe Mill)

06 Jan          Great White Egret                      Pitsford Res – still north of causeway, between the Scaldwell and Walgrave Bays this morning

06 Jan          Bearded Tit                                   Ecton SF – three (one male) at the western end of the phragmites bed at 11.00, also Green Sandpiper and 4-5 Chiffchaffs there (access across the River Nene via Cogenhoe Mill)

06 Jan          Crossbill                                          Wakerley Wood – fourteen 300 m west of the toilet block at 11.50 this morning and a further 17 at nearby Fineshade Wood, where also a single Waxwing in one of the trees by the houses

06 Jan          Waxwing                                         Northampton – twenty by the doctors surgery on Rowtree Road, East Hunsbury at 08.40

Saturday 5th January

05 Jan          Glaucous Gull                               Stanwick GP – a juvenile on the main lake at 16.10, viewed from the hide in the north-east corner

05 Jan          Slavonian Grebe                          Pitsford Res – still south of the causeway, also drake Smew north of the causeway

05 Jan          Waxwing                                         Northampton – approximately 30 by the doctors surgery on Rowtree Road, East Hunsbury at 15.30

05 Jan          Waxwing                                         Northampton – twenty in Northampton Garden Centre car park, Newport Pagnell Road, Wootton at 14.00

05 Jan          Scaup                                                Ditchford GP – male and female on the watersports pit west of Ditchford Lane this morning

05 Jan          Waxwing                                         Northampton – four in an East Hunsbury garden briefly 11.00

05 Jan          Waxwing                                         Burton Latimer/Barton Seagrave – thirteen in Polwell Lane, near Morrisons at 10.00

Friday 4th January

04 Jan           Smew                                               Sywell CP – one or two ‘redheads’ this afternoon

04 Jan          Waxwing                                         Northampton – up to 35 at Northampton Garden Centre car park, Newport Pagnell Road, Wootton mid-afternoon (15.00)

04 Jan          Great White Egret                       Pitsford Res – still north of causeway, at mouth of Holcot Bay, as viewed from the fishing lodge

04 Jan          Black-tailed Godwit                   Pitsford Res – eleven over west at 12.30

04 Jan          Slavonian Grebe                          Pitsford Res – still off the gorse bushes south of the causeway at 12.30 this afternoon

Thursday 3rd January

03 Jan          Slavonian Grebe                          Pitsford Res – still off the gorse bushes south of the causeway today

03 Jan          Mediterranean Gull                   Boddington Res – a first-winter late afternoon, also adult Peregrine there

03 Jan          Waxwing                                         Burton Latimer/Barton Seagrave – approximately 120 in Polwell Lane, opposite Morrisons mid-afternoon (15.00)

03 Jan          Scaup                                                Ditchford GP – a female on the watersports pit west of Ditchford Lane, also Green Sandpiper by the River Nene and Peregrine on the pylons there

03 Jan          Scaup                                                Ditchford GP – a drake on the watersports pit west of Ditchford Lane, also Stonechat by the River Nene

03 Jan          Great White Egret                       Pitsford Res – still in Holcot Bay this morning

03 Jan          Waxwing                                         Burton Latimer/Barton Seagrave – at least 100 in Polwell Lane, opposite Morrisons this morning

Wednesday 2nd January

02 Jan          Mediterranean Gull                   Pitsford Res – a first-winter in the gull roost, also first-winter Yellow-legged Gull there

02 Jan          Crossbill                                          Salcey Forest – at least 6 along the woodpecker trail this afternoon, also 2 Bramblings and c.50 Siskins

02 Jan          Waxwing                                         Burton Latimer – now 70 in Polwell Lane, opposite Morrisons at 14.30

02 Jan          Scaup                                                Ravensthorpe Res – no sign of first-winter drake today but Stonechat still at nearby Hollowell Res

02 Jan          Slavonian Grebe                          Pitsford Res – again off the gorse bushes along west bank, south of causeway, also ‘redhead’ Smew in Catwalk Bay

02 Jan          Waxwing                                         Burton Latimer – at least 30 behind Weetabix, opposite Morrisons at 12.40

o2 Jan          Waxwing                                         Northampton – twenty in a tall tree approximately 10 m east of Danes Camp Surgery, Rowtree Road, East Hunsbury at 12.10 and 5 nearby opposite the Collingtree public house

02 Jan          Great White Egret                       Pitsford Res – still in Holcot Bay at 11.10, also 2 Shelducks and 11 Goosanders in Scaldwell Bay and 3 Bramblings mobile around the feeding station

o2 Jan          Waxwing                                         Northampton – fifteen by B526 Newport Pagnell Road at Wootton, which then flew over the Northampton Garden Centre at 10.00

Tuesday 1st January

01 Jan          Firecrest                                          Bucknell Wood – one and 10 Crossbills reported today but no precise location details

01 Jan          Great White Egret                       Pitsford Res – still at the mouth of Holcot Bay at 14.55 and visible from the east end of the causeway

01 Jan          Waxwing                                         Barton Seagrave – approximately 20 briefly over the junction of Woodland Avenuse and Radnor Way at 14.15

01 Jan          Slavonian Grebe                          Pitsford Res – again off the gorse bushes on the west bank, south of the causeway, also Black-necked Grebe in same area at 13.55; 6 Bramblings at nearby Harrington AF

01 Jan          Waxwing                                         Fineshade Wood – fifteen to twenty today at approximately SP990977

01 Jan          Scaup                                                Ravensthorpe Res – first-winter drake still present late morning

01 Jan          Waxwing                                         Northampton – at least eighteen at Upton CP, on berries by the new green footbridge close to the Hunsbury Meadows roundabout on the A45 ring road at 11.30 but not since

01 Jan          Scaup                                                Ditchford GP – first-winter drake on pit opposite watersports pit (opposite side of R. Nene) this morning

01 Jan          Smew                                                 Stortons GP – ‘redhead’ on the pit alongside the road to Sixfields Lake car-park this morning at 11.35; drake Pintail at nearby Kislingbury GP

01 Jan          Bittern                                              Summer Leys LNR – flew ac ross main lake at 10.30

01 Jan          Merlin                                               Stanwick GP – a male this morning

01 Jan          Great White Egret                       Pitsford Res – at the mouth of Holcot Bay 09.50

 

8 Responses to Latest Reports

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  2. michael hedge says:

    50+linnets pitsford res today at 12.near first hide

  3. michael hedge says:

    spotted the linnets along waters edge

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  5. Andy Witcomb says:

    Sole waxwing seen yesterday in Badby by allotment, watched for 20 minutes, no more about.

  6. Sarah Ansell says:

    Hi is this the right place to report birds? I’ve only just found you! I live in West Hunsbury, Northampton near the Shelfley lake off Ladybridge Drive. Very excited today as for the first time we have a flock of fieldfares in the Close. We feed a lot of birds in our garden so hopefully they will stick around. But also I walked round the lake this morning and spotted the single heron we have. Then I saw what looked like a black heron. I was a little way away from it so my details might not be quite right and my camera phone is useless. It was a bit smaller than a normal heron, completely black as far as I could see, long bill curved a bit at the end and the tail was quite fanned out. When I got home I looked for it and the only two things which resembled it were a shag and a cormorant. It looked more like the shag tbh but it would be as far away from the coast as you could get! Any thoughts? Many thanks, Sarah PS I will try to get a photo next time I go down if it’s still there.

    • Mike Alibone says:

      Sarah, Thanks for the report. It will almost certainly be a Cormorant – they are common in Northants and breed at several localities. Shag is not impossible, though, as there was one on Abington Park Lake a couple of winters ago. If you would like to report sightings then please email me at northantsbirds@ntlworld.com Thanks!

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