Rarity Round-up 19th to 25th August 2017

Another predominantly dry period, with continuing westerly winds and temperatures up from below average to ‘normal for the time of year’ at the week’s end. Aside from the arrival of a Temminck’s Stint, there was a little shrinkage in the migrant spectrum over the last seven days.

The Great White Egret remained settled in Pitsford Reservoir’s Scaldwell Bay all week, the same site producing an Osprey, fishing around the dam, on the morning of 22nd. Two more Ospreys were seen, one at Stanford Res on 21st and the other visiting Hollowell Res on 23rd.

Male Osprey, Stanford Res, 21st August 2017 (Chris Hubbard)

Black-tailed Godwits continued to trickle through in small numbers, Pitsford producing four on 19th, three on 20th and one on 25th, while the autumn’s first juvenile was at Stanford Res on 23rd-24th. The only other wader of note was an adult Temminck’s Stint which, seemingly oblivious to observers, obligingly gave great views at Stanwick GP’s Visitor Centre Lake from 21st to 23rd before moving to the main lake there on 24-25th.

The first Black Tern of the autumn arrived at Stanford Res on 24th but the week goes by without a mention of any scarce gulls – the first ‘blank’ week for a long time.


Adult Temminck’s Stint, Stanwick GP, 21st August 2017 (Mike Alibone)

Common Redstarts were reported from five localities, with singles at Priors Hall (Corby) on 20th, Clifford Hill GP on 22nd, Stanford Res on 23rd and 25th, and at Long Buckby and Preston Deanery on 24th. A Whinchat visited Stanford Res on 20th, while single Northern Wheatears were found Harrington AF on 21st, Whiston Locks on 22nd and Borough Hill on 23rd and 25th and migrant Tree Pipits appeared over Stanwick GP on 22nd, at Harrington AF on the same date and at Borough Hill on 25th.

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