This afternoon Steve Fisher found Northamptonshire’s 4th Ring-necked Duck at Stanwick Gravel Pits. A female, it spent a couple of hours in the north-east corner of the A45 Lay-by Pit before flying to the island at around 16.15. Perhaps this is the recent long-stayer from Eyebrook Reservoir in neighbouring Leicestershire. Hopefully it will still be present tomorrow.
Previous Northants records are:
1979 Ditchford GP, 15th-18th April and Hollowell and Ravensthorpe Reservoirs, 3rd May 1987 Ditchford GP, 16th November 1987 1990 Pitsford Res, 16th-23rd September and Billing GP, 30th September