Monthly Archives: May 2017

The 2017 BTO House Martin Survey – Northamptonshire

We know surprisingly little about House Martins despite the fact that they breed alongside us, using our houses on which to build a nest made of hundreds of beakfuls of mud. Critically, we do not know why this species is … Continue reading

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Late Spring Round-up 22nd April to 26th May 2017

An exceptional five weeks With most of the common summer visitors having arrived by the end of the period, the focus was clearly on wetland migrants in what has undoubtedly become the best spring, locally, for many years. More specifically, … Continue reading

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‘Greenland’ Dunlin

A 3rd for Northants? As part our exceptional wader movement this spring, there have been two reports of Greenland Dunlins – that’s the scarcer race, arctica, which turns up in much smaller numbers than the much more commonly occurring schinzii … Continue reading

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Glossy Ibis at Summer Leys

The First in Spring The words ‘Glossy Ibis’ and ‘Northamptonshire’, when occurring together in the same sentence, are now predictably accompanied by adjectives such as ‘short-staying’, ‘fleeting’, or ‘transient’ to describe this species’ visits to the county. The first one … Continue reading

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‘Tundra’ Ringed Plovers

Late spring sees small flocks of Ringed Plovers inland, moving north. Most, if not all will be ‘Tundra’ types, probably of the Scandinavian/Russian/Siberian race tundrae, but possibly also psammodroma, which breeds no further away than Iceland, with its range extending … Continue reading

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Summer Leys’ Rufous morph Cuckoo

The images from Alan Coles, below, capture a rufous morph Cuckoo in flight over Summer Leys LNR on 5th May. This is interesting on two counts – firstly, because this colour morph is generally uncommon, with only one or two … Continue reading

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Black-throated Diver at Pitsford Reservoir

A 20th for Northamptonshire A stunning summer-plumaged Black-throated Diver was found by John Friendship-Taylor at Pitsford Reservoir during the closing hours of daylight yesterday evening (6th May). Visible from the feeding station area at the mouth of Scaldwell Bay, it … Continue reading

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