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 was still present at dusk and remained there until 05.20 this morning, when it was seen by Antony Taylor to fly off north.

Black-throated Diver, Pitsford Res, 6th May 2017 (Bob Bullock)

This is only the 20th record for the county, following the last in 2012, when one was at Stanford Reservoir. Fifty-five percent of all records have come from Pitsford.