The Week in Focus: 1st to 7th June 2013

With a high pressure system sitting over the UK all week the weather remained warm and dry and conditions calm. One or two new birds were discovered to keep the interest engine running …

This week’s ducks deluxe comprised the drake Red-crested Pochard still present at Stanwick GP on 2nd and 3rd and the female Goldeneye still at Earls Barton GP – reportedly with an injured wing – on 1st. The first of what will hopefully be a Juneful of Quail was heard singing late in the evening at Glapthorn on 5th and two Black-necked Grebes paid a surprise visit to Daventry CP on 7th, showing well close to the overflow there during the afternoon. The only raptor of note was an adult Peregrine over Thrapston GP on 3rd and the only passage wader a Greenshank at Summer Leys on 3rd

Greenshank, Summer Leys LNR, 3rd June 2013 (Keith J Smith www.kjs-images.com). Greenshank is an uncommon, though regular, passage migrant in spring, records of which are hugely outnumbered by those in autumn.

Greenshank, Summer Leys LNR, 3rd June 2013 (Keith J Smith http://www.kjs-images.com). Greenshank is an uncommon, though regular, passage migrant in spring, records of which are hugely outnumbered by those in autumn.

and 4th while up to two second-summer Yellow-legged Gulls loitered at Stanwick GP on the same dates. Scarce passerines were restricted to a couple from the chat end of the systematic list, namely a Black Redstart in an Oundle garden briefly on 4th and a

Male Black Redstart, Oundle, 4th June 2013 (Richard Chandler). The very dark plumage tones and dark wings without the whitish panel suggest this is possibly second-summer. Male Black Redstarts typically take two or three years to acquire full, classic adult plumage.

Male Black Redstart, Oundle, 4th June 2013 (Richard Chandler). The very dark plumage tones and dark wings without the whitish panel suggest this is possibly second-summer. Male Black Redstarts typically take two or three years to acquire full, classic adult plumage.

Whinchat at Wollaston on 1st.

Black Redstart, Oundle, 4th June 2013 (Richard Chandler)

Black Redstart, Oundle, 4th June 2013 (Richard Chandler)

 

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3 Responses to The Week in Focus: 1st to 7th June 2013

  1. Nick Askew says:

    Black Redstart in Oundle on St Peters church today. Showing well at the base of the spire.

  2. nickaskew says:

    Black Redstart in Oundle today at the base of the spire on St Peters church. Showing well.

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