The Week in Focus: 13th to 19th July 2013

The virtually stationary high pressure system remained over the UK throughout the week, temperatures rose to above 30°C and migrants became more in evidence as the week progressed.

Summering Wigeon were found at Pitsford Res on 14th, Summer Leys (four) on 15th and at Blatherwycke Lake on 17th while a Garganey was again at Summer Leys LNR on 14th with two eclipse drakes there on 19th, and a female Red-crested Pochard was at Pitsford Res on 14th. Thirteen Common Scoters, including eight drakes, visited Daventry CP on 15th, being rather mobile around the site during their brief stay. The autumn’s first Dunlin was at Thrapston GP on 13th and an islandica Black-tailed Godwit visited Boddington Res the following day, up to four Green Sandpipers were at Daventry CP during the week, a Common Sandpiper was there on 15th and the same site hosted a Greenshank at the same time and a first-summer Yellow-legged Gull on 19th; another first-summer was also off the dam at Pitsford Res on the same date, while another Greenshank was found at Thrapston GP on 13th. Last week’s adult Black Tern continued its stay at Summer Leys throughout the period and two juvenile Common Redstarts were at the same site on 14th and another visited Harrington AF on 18th. A Siskin was at Fermyn Wood on 17th, where there was also a Crossbill on the same date, when several were also in nearby Souther Wood and twelve were at Denton Wood on 19th.

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