Track and Trace: Spoonbill in the Nene Valley

It was just before two o’clock this afternoon when Matt Hazleton picked up a Spoonbill flying in from the north-east before arriving on the main lake at Summer Leys. It landed in the Brayshaw’s Bund/Wader Bay area and seemed settled, giving Matt the opportunity for a few photos before he emailed me to let me know.

Spoonbill, Summer Leys LNR, 27th April 2014 (Matt Hazleton)

Spoonbill, Summer Leys LNR, 27th April 2014 (Matt Hazleton)

Spoonbill, Summer Leys LNR, 27th April 2014 (Matt Hazleton)

Spoonbill, Summer Leys LNR, 27th April 2014 (Matt Hazleton)

After putting the news out, I made my way to Summer Leys only to discover upon arrival that it had flown off up the Nene Valley. Time was limited so I decided to head back home, calling in at Clifford Hill GP, just in case …

At 15.10 I arrived at the western end of the main barrage lake and quickly scanned the ‘new’ peninsular … and there it was! More news alerts then a bit of video before I had to leave at 15.40, leaving John Moon, Martin and Andrew Dove there to watch it.

Spoonbill, Clifford Hill GP, 27th April 2014 (Simon Hales)

Spoonbill, Clifford Hill GP, 27th April 2014 (Simon Hales)

Spoonbill, Clifford Hill GP, 27th April 2014 (Simon Hales)

Spoonbill, Clifford Hill GP, 27th April 2014 (Simon Hales)

Spoonbill, Clifford Hill GP, 27th April 2014 (Mike Alibone). Black primary tips just visible, pale bill tip, no breast band and shortish crest make this a first- or second-summer bird.

 It remained there for the next two hours, after which I heard it had been flushed by fishermen driving out on to the peninsular. So much for this being an SSSI …

Many thanks to Matt and to Simon Hales for the use of their images.

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One Response to Track and Trace: Spoonbill in the Nene Valley

  1. Dave Jackson says:

    I believe this is the second record for CHGP (Northampton Wetlands), I recall Mark Williams had one there some years back.

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