Summer Leys Stilts

These super Black-winged Stilts were found at Summer Leys very early this morning by Steve Murfitt and John and Ruth Ward. Initially on the slips they quickly moved to the scrape where they were also seen mating several times throughout the morning.

Black-winged Stilt, Summer Leys LNR, 18th May 2014 (Simon Hales)

Black-winged Stilt, Summer Leys LNR, 18th May 2014 (Simon Hales)

Black-winged Stilt, Summer Leys LNR, 18th May 2014 (Nigel Muddiman)

Black-winged Stilt, Summer Leys LNR, 18th May 2014 (Nigel Muddiman)

Making the approach …

Black-winged Stilts, Summer Leys LNR, 18th May 2014 (Alan Coles)

Black-winged Stilts, Summer Leys LNR, 18th May 2014 (Alan Coles)

that mounting feeling …

Black-winged Stilts, Summer Leys LNR, 18th May 2014 (Alan Coles)

Black-winged Stilts, Summer Leys LNR, 18th May 2014 (Alan Coles)

that sinking feeling …

Black-winged Stilts, Summer Leys LNR, 18th May 2014 (Alan Coles)

Black-winged Stilts, Summer Leys LNR, 18th May 2014 (Alan Coles)

Black-winged Stilts, Summer Leys LNR, 18th May 2014 (Mike Alibone)

This pair has been wandering in eastern England over the past week, having last been seen in Cambridgeshire. This is the fourth record for Northants, the previous three having all been in May, including the first at Boddington Res on 22nd-23rd May 1965, one at Summer Leys on 15th May 1997 and the last, a pair, also at Summer Leys on 1st May 2008.

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3 Responses to Summer Leys Stilts

  1. geof douglas says:

    Brilliant piece of video mike. Shame it had to have a background of ‘machine gun’ like camera noise. Thanks from those of us who could not be there today. Geof.

  2. Pingback: The Stanford Stilts | Northantsbirds

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