Northantsbirds

The Stanwick Red-necked Phalarope

A first for Stanwick

Northamptonshire’s 20th Red-necked Phalarope chose Stanwick GP as a stopover on its way north yesterday. Found by Steve Fisher on the A45 Lay-by Pit early in the evening, this first for Stanwick gave ample opportunity for local birders to catch up with a species which has been difficult to come by in the county in recent years.

Female Red-necked Phalarope, Stanwick GP, 4th June 2016 (Bob Bullock)

The last was in 2010 and the one prior to that was in 2002. The majority of the previous records have been of autumn juveniles – only six adults have appeared in spring with 50% of these in June.

Red-necked Phalaropes, Northamptonshire, all records. Background image, female Red-necked Phalarope, Norway, June 2015 (Mike Alibone)

Female Red-necked Phalarope, Stanwick GP, 4th June 2016 (Bob Bullock)

Female Red-necked Phalarope, Stanwick GP, 4th June 2016 (Bob Bullock)

Female Red-necked Phalarope, Stanwick GP, 4th June 2016 (Bob Bullock)

Spring birds are normally one-day wonders while those in autumn usually stay a day or two. Eight of the previous 19 have been at Pitsford Reservoir.