Quark, strangeness and charm

The Ditchford Night Heron

Ditchford’s recently discovered adult Night Heron – Northamptonshire’s tenth – is continuing to draw the local crowds with around 30 birders enjoying the best views yet of this bird last night. It’s still not the easiest of Night Herons to see as Jim Dunkley’s image below demonstrates.

Adult Night Heron, Ditchford GP, 25th July 2015 (Jim Dunkley)
Adult Night Heron, Ditchford GP, 25th July 2015 (Jim Dunkley)

Last night it was very vocal, calling for some 10 minutes from willows by the Bailey bridge before flying off toward Wilson’s Pit at around 22.00. An excellent sound recording made by Adrian Borley is here. For anyone still to make the trip there, it’s around 15 minutes’ walk along the Nene Way footpath from Ditchford Lane. Park near the entrance to Broadholme Sewage Works SP930684 (do not obstruct the entrance as it is in constant use by HGVs), walk east for c.1200 m to the Bailey bridge SP944686 and view from this area. It normally appears any time between 20.15 and 21.45.

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