Monthly Archives: September 2011

Flava of the month?

This autumn has been particularly good for Yellow Wagtail passage with double-figure counts from a number of localities, the best of which to date is a count by Simon Towers of 30+ on the old cricket pitch at Yelvertoft on … Continue reading

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Reed Warbler defies the odds!

In the world of birds almost anything is possible, including the well nigh impossible. Chance and fate are frequently major players in the provision of a never ending stream of surprises when it comes to discovering birds in places where … Continue reading

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Secrets of a Peregrine’s Lair

In recent years Peregrines have habitually used the 418-foot National Lift Tower (formerly Express Lifts Tower) in Northampton to roost and to hunt from. Some 4-5 years ago a pair – which included an immature female – took up almost permanent … Continue reading

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Shag at Pitsford

Yesterday, in the early evening murk, Neil McMahon found a juvenile Shag on the valve tower off the dam at Pitsford Reservoir. This is, so far, the only record in Northants this year. Shag is virtually an annual visitor to … Continue reading

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Portrait of a Pec

The juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper, present at Pitsford Reservoir for the last week, was showing well at the bottom of the old road, close to Maytrees Hide and the feeding station this afternoon. Although this species is the commonest American (or … Continue reading

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The Egret has landed … not

An early morning visit to Daventry Country Park paid off for Allan Maybury when he picked up this Great White Egret dropping in at around 07.30. However, a considerable number of gulls took umbrage and made this bird feel most … Continue reading

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