Northantsbirds

The Stanford Stilts

An early morning visit to partly-drained Stanford Reservoir paid off handsomely for Mel Farrar, today, with the discovery of three Black-winged Stilts close to the northern end where, fortunately, they remained into the evening.

Black-winged Stilts, Stanford Res, 20th April 2017 (Bob Bullock)

Black-winged Stilts, Stanford Res, 20th April 2017 (Bob Bullock)

Six together at Slimbridge, Gloucestershire yesterday had become three there by this morning, further supporting the existence of a flyway between the Severn Estuary and The Wash.

This is the fifth record for Northants, the previous four having all been in May, including the first at Boddington Res on 22nd-23rd May 1965 and the rest at Summer Leys, where there was one on 15th May 1997, two on 1st May 2008 and two on 18th May 2014. This species is building a local track record for one-day stays. Will they still be there tomorrow … ?