Category Archives: Storks, Herons and allies

Technology and innovation lend visibility to heronry survey

With special consent from Natural England, Assistant Warden Mischa Cross explains how specialist equipment was used with careful planning to accurately survey nesting Grey Herons at Pitsford. In early May 2017, the heronry at Pitsford Reservoir Nature Reserve was surveyed … 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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The Whiston Cattle Egret

Northamptonshire’s 6th Cattle Egret was found by Neil Underwood this morning, close to the site of last month’s White-fronted Goose grazing area alongside the River Nene, at Dunkleys, between Whiston and Earls Barton. Around midday it moved a few hundred … Continue reading

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The Daventry Glossy Ibis

Wow! A Northamptonshire rarity, an adult Glossy Ibis, made landfall at Daventry Country Park today. Found by Mark Spirito on the southern shoreline, just after 09.20, the news was put out immediately and a handful of birders, quick off the … Continue reading

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The Summer Leys Spoonbills

Ageing and Local Status Summer Leys, early morning on 7th May. A steady trickle of interesting waders throughout the previous day had encouraged a handful of birders to occupy Pioneer Hide in readiness for ‘the big one.’ As it happened … Continue reading

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Quark, strangeness and charm

The Ditchford Night Heron Ditchford’s recently discovered adult Night Heron – Northamptonshire’s tenth – is continuing to draw the local crowds with around 30 birders enjoying the best views yet of this bird last night. It’s still not the easiest … Continue reading

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‘black-fronted’ Heron

Receiving far less attention than the nearby Ring-necked Duck, this ‘black-fronted’ Grey Heron proved to be quite a striking bird. At first sight it may be easy to assume it is oiled but closer examination reveals a rather uniform density … Continue reading

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