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Latest update:  Thursday 25th April 2019  23.25

Today

25 Apr  Bar-tailed Godwit  Clifford Hill GP – one, 20.00, also Greenshank still, Common Sandpiper, Black Tern still, White Wagtail and Yellow Wagtail

25 Apr  Arctic Tern  Pitsford Res – three flew north-east over the dam, 19.20, also Common Sandpiper

25 Apr  Osprey  Pitsford Res – one flew west, north of the causeway, 18.30

25 Apr  Black Tern  Clifford Hill GP – one on the main barrage lake, 17.15, also Greenshank

25 Apr  ‘Channel’ Wagtail  Stanford Res – male again on dam, 16.20, also 2 Little Ringed Plovers, Whimbrel and 4 Yellow Wagtails

25 Apr  Little Tern  Thrapston GP – one over island on Aldwincle Lake, 15.20, then flew toward Town Lake

25 Apr  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – two (one drake) at midday

25 Apr  Little Tern  Boddington Res – still, 11.30

25 Apr  Turnstone  Summer Leys LNR – still, 09.15, from Screen Hide, also Ruff and Common Sandpiper

25 Apr  Northern Wheatear  Harrington AF – one by the first bunker, 08.50

25 Apr  Little Tern  Boddington Res – one, 08.30, also 2 Arctic Terns

25 Apr  Turnstone  Summer Leys LNR – one on Gull Island, 08.10, also drake Garganey off Fisherman’s Point, 4 Little Ringed Plovers, Dunlin, 6 Redshanks and 3 Common Sandpipers

25 Apr  Black Tern  Stanford Res – one through at 07.10, also Great Egret at the dam end and 2 Whimbrels through, north-east, 08.05

Wednesday 24th April

24 Apr  Osprey  Hollowell Res – one flew north, 19.30, also Bar-tailed Godwit still, 19.15 plus 8 Yellow Wagtails

24 Apr  ‘Channel’ Wagtail  Stanford Res – male again on dam, 18.05, also Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper and 15+ Yellow Wagtails

24 Apr  Bar-tailed Godwit  Summer Leys LNR – one between Screen Hide and the feeding station, 15.50

24 Apr  Osprey  Hollowell Res – one, 15.50

24 Apr  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – two (one drake) on Fisherman’s Point, 13.30, also 2 Hobbies

24 Apr  Bar-tailed Godwit  Hollowell Res – one on Guilsborough Bay Point, 12.30

24 Apr  Bar-tailed Godwit  Clifford Hill GP – one on the northern side of the main barrage lake, 12.00

24 Apr  Great Egret  Thrapston GP – one on Aldwincle Lake this morning

24 Apr  Bar-tailed Godwit  Hollowell Res – one this morning, also Common Sandpiper

24 Apr  Black-tailed Godwit  Summer Leys LNR – forty-seven late morning before flying east

24 Apr  Bar-tailed Godwit  Summer Leys LNR – one on the scrape, 09.55

24 Apr  Bar-tailed Godwit  Stanwick GP – two on Main Lake, 08.30

Tuesday 23rd April

23 Apr  ‘Channel’ Wagtail  Stanford Res – male on dam, 19.20, also 2 Little Ringed Plovers and a Common Sandpiper

23 Apr  Arctic Tern  Hollowell Res – two off the dam, briefly, before heading off high east, 19.12, also White Wagtail and 13 Yellow Wagtails

23 Apr  Arctic Tern  Stanwick GP – two flew east over the A45 Lay-by Pit, 17.00

23 Apr  Bar-tailed Godwit  Summer Leys LNR – two through, east, 13.18, 2 Garganeys on Fisherman’s Point, 13.20, Whimbrel through, east, 13.13, 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls still, on Gull Island, 13.20

23 Apr  Whimbrel  Clifford Hill GP – two through, east over the main barrage lake, 13.05, also drake Red-crested Pochard, 2 Arctic Terns, four Little Gulls, 3 Arctic Terns and Greenshank through, east, 12.45

23 Apr  Osprey  Hollowell Res – one in Guilsborough Bay, 12.40

23 Apr  Mediterranean Gull  Summer Leys LNR – two adults on Fisherman’s Point, 12.30, also Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, Common Sandpiper and 8 Little Gulls

23 Apr  Little Gull  Summer Leys LNR – the 4 flew off east, 12.00

23 Apr  Black Tern  Thrapston GP – two still on Town Lake, 11.55

23 Apr  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – again with cattle on north side of North Lake, 11.30

23 Apr  Bar-tailed Godwit  Summer Leys LNR – one on the foreshore across from Pioneer Hide, 11.05, also 2 Arctic Terns and 4 Little Gulls, plus Northern Wheatear in front of feeding station

23 Apr  Black-tailed Godwit  Thrapston GP – two on pools at north end of Aldwincle lake this morning

23 Apr  Black Tern  Thrapston GP – two still on Town Lake, 09.30, also adult Little Gull on Aldwincle Lake

Monday 22nd April 

22 Apr  Mediterranean Gull  Summer Leys LNR – two adults flew over the scrape, 16.30

22 Apr  Black Tern  Thrapston GP – two on Town Lake, 16.45, also 2 adult Little Gulls plus Arctic Tern over Aldwincle Lake and first-summer Whooper Swan still on Elinor Trout Lake

22 Apr  Pink-footed Goose  Clifford Hill GP – one this afternoon, also 2 Little Ringed Plovers

22 Apr  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – again with cattle on north side of North Lake, 14.30

22 Apr  Bar-tailed Godwit  Summer Leys LNR – twenty-eight flew east, along with a Black-tailed Godwit, 12.30

22 Apr  Mediterranean Gull Stanwick GP – two adults again, flew north-east over the A45 Lay-by Pit, 12.15, also Common Sandpiper

22 Apr  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – two (one drake) in Wader Bay, 11.50

22 Apr  Black Tern  Thrapston GP – one on Town Lake, 11.45

⊗   22 Apr  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – no sign with cattle on north-west side of North Lake, 11.30

22 Apr  Osprey  Ravensthorpe Res – one, 11.00

22 Apr  Mediterranean Gull Stanwick GP – two adults flew north-west over the main lake, 10.30

22 Apr  Osprey  Pitsford Res Res – one over Scaldwell Bay, 10.30

22 Apr  Marsh Harrier  Earls Barton GP – a ‘cream crown’ flew south-west over Mary’s Lake, 09.50

22 Apr  Mediterranean Gull Stanwick GP – a first-summer on the A45 Lay-by Pit, 09.35

22 Apr  Little Gull  Clifford Hill GP – four on the main barrage lake, 09.20

22 Apr  Osprey Stanwick GP – one flew south-west along the River Nene, crossing the A6 and on over Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows, 09.06

22 Apr  Little Gull  Summer Leys LNR – seven on the main lake, 08.45

22 Apr  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – one still with cattle on north-west side of North Lake, 08.30

22 Apr  Great Egret  Thrapston GP – one on Aldwicle Lake, 08.30

22 Apr  Osprey  Stanford Res – one over the inlet, early morning

Sunday 21st April

21 Apr  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – one still with cattle on west side of North Lake, 14.35

21 Apr  Avocet  Ditchford GP – two still on the meadow pools at the north-east end of Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows LNR, 14.00, viewed from the end of Lime Street, Irthlingborough

21 Apr  Great Egret  Grafton Regis – one near the nature reserve, 14.00

21 Apr  Avocet  Ditchford GP – two still on the meadow pools at the north-east end of Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows LNR, 11.40, viewed from the end of Lime Street, Irthlingborough

21 Apr  Great Egret  Thrapston GP – one flew over Aldwicle Lake late morning, also first-summer Whooper Swan in crop filed north of Elinor Lake

21 Apr  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – drake in front of Screen Hide, 11.35

21 Apr  Avocet  Ditchford GP – two on the meadow pools at the north-east end of Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows LNR, 09.15, best viewed from the end of Lime Street, Irthlingborough

21 Apr  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – drake in front of Screen Hide, 08.45

21 Apr  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – one still with cattle on west side of North Lake, 08.15, also Great Egret on A45 Lay-by Pit

21 Apr  Greenshank  Stanford Res – one flew over at the dam end, 07.15

Saturday 20th April

20 Apr  Black Tern  Clifford Hill GP – two on the main lake, 12.45

20 Apr  Marsh Harrier  Summer Leys LNR – a wing-tagged ‘cream crown’ flew west

20 Apr  Mediterranean Gull  Thrapston GP – an adult this morning, also 3 Pink-footed Geese and 3 Great Egrets

20 Apr  Northern Wheatear  Harrington AF – two by the first bunker, 10.00

20 Apr  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – one still with cattle on west side of North Lake, 09.15, also Great Egret

20 Apr  Avocet  Summer Leys LNR – two still on the scrape, 08.50

20 Apr  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – one still with cattle on west side of North Lake, 08.45

20 Apr  Avocet  Summer Leys LNR – two on the scrape, 07.25

20 Apr  Greenshank  Pitsford Res – one flew over the dam, 06.30, also Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper and 3 Common Snipe

Friday 19th April

19 Apr  Short-eared Owl  Stanwick GP – one by Black Bridge, near North Lake, 19.25

19 Apr  Bar-tailed Godwit  Clifford Hill GP – one on the northern shore of the main lake, mid-evening

19 Apr  Great Egret  Stanford Res – one, 18.05, also Green Sandpiper and 10+ Yellow Wagtails

19 Apr  Northern Wheatear  Harrington AF – a female this afternoon

19 Apr  Great Egret  Daventry CP – one this afternoon, also drake Red-crested Pochard still

19 Apr  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – one still with cattle by North Lake, 15.40

19 Apr  Mediterranean Gull  Thrapston GP – two adults on the island in Aldwincle Lake, 15.30, also Curlew

19 Apr  Grey Plover  Clifford Hill GP – one still on pools on the northern shoreline of the main barrage lake, 13.45

19 Apr  Whooper Swan  Thrapston GP – first-summer still, also 2 Pink-footed Geese still

19 Apr  Arctic Tern  Ditchford GP – two on IL&M’s Higham Lake, early afternoon, also female Pintail and Common Sandpiper

19 Apr  Little Gull  Thrapston GP – two adults on Aldwincle Lake at midday, also Great Egret

19 Apr  Common Redstart  Summer Leys LNR – a male along the old rail track this morning

19 Apr  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – drake by feeding station this morning, also 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls, 11.00

19 Apr  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – one still with cattle in the north-west corner of North Lake, although elusive in long grass and sedges, 10.45, also 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls on A45 Lay-by Pit, 09.15

19 Apr  Red-crested Pochard  Daventry CP – drake, 10.45

19 Apr  Northern Wheatear  Hanging Houghton – one along the bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 09.30, near hedge with ‘Environmental Headlands’ sign, also Yellow Wagtail

19 Apr  Black Tern  Hollowell Res – two, 09.00

19 Apr  Great Egret  Oundle – one on flood by A605 this morning

19 Apr  Osprey  Pitsford Res – one in a tree east of Pintail Bay, 08.45

19 Apr  Whimbrel  Summer Leys LNR – one this morning, also Little Ringed Plover, 2 Black-tailed Godwits and Common Snipe

Thursday 18th April

18 Apr  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – one this evening

18 Apr  Northern Wheatear  Kelmarsh – one near wind turbines, 17.45

18 Apr  Common Redstart  Hellidon – a male on private land this evening

18 Apr  Grey Plover  Clifford Hill GP – one in pools on the northern shoreline of the main barrage lake, 13.40

18 Apr  Black Tern  Summer Leys LNR – one reported off feeding station early afternoon

⊗   18 Apr  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – no sign of yesterday’s bird at the northernmost end this morning

18 Apr  Little Gull  Thrapston GP – two adults on Town Lake, 11.40

18 Apr  Little Gull  Summer Leys LNR – one on the scrape, 11.35, also Whimbrel and Green Sandpiper

18 Apr  Little Gull  Kettering – at least one still on Wicksteed Park Lake this morning

18 Apr  Northern Wheatear  Rushden – one on a roundabout on spire road, 10.15, SP96306783

18 Apr  Black-tailed Godwit  Summer Leys LNR – two on the scrape, 10.10, also Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plovers and 3 Dunlins

18 Apr  Osprey  Pitsford Res – one over Scaldwell Bay, 09.30

Wednesday 17th April

17 Apr  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – one still with cattle at the northernmost end, 19.30

17 Apr  Ruff  Summer Leys LNR – one on the scrape, 19.00

17 Apr  Northern Wheatear  Brackley – a female in a field west of the town, adjacent to Manor Farm

17 Apr  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – one still, now back with cattle at the northernmost end, 17.30

17 Apr  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – at least one still on the scrape, 16.00, also 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Black-tailed Godwits still, and 5 Dunlins

17 Apr  Whimbrel  Hollowell Res – two this afternoon, also Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlins and White Wagtail, 15.30

17 Apr  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – one still, showing on west edge of island in North Lake, viewed from cycle path, 15.30

17 Apr  White Wagtail  Stanford Res – three on the dam, 15.20, also Yellow Wagtail

17 Apr  Cattle Egret Stanwick GP – one with cattle at the northernmost end before flying to willow tree on large island on North Lake, 14.10

17 Apr  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still along the bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 13.30, in tree beyond the hedge with ‘Environmental Headlands’ sign

17 Apr  Little Gull  Kettering – two on Wicksteed Park Lake this morning

17 Apr  Little Gull  Summer Leys LNR – adult on main lake, 10.30, also 2 drake Garganeys (one scrape and in Wader Bay), also Great Egret and Dunlin

17 Apr  Great Egret  Stanwick GP – one this morning

17 Apr  Whimbrel  Summer Leys LNR – one on the scrape, 08.15, also drake Garganey, Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Black-tailed Godwits and 5 Common Snipe

Tuesday 16th April

16 Apr  Pied Flycatcher  Barton Seagrave – male in line of trees bordering Latimer Arts College, Barton Seagrave playing field, 20.00, before being lost in nearby chestnut trees

16 Apr  Northern Wheatear  Harrington AF – one this evening

16 Apr  Pink-footed Goose  Thrapston GP – two still this evening, also Great Egret

16 Apr  Arctic Tern  Summer Leys LNR – one off the feeding station, 18.00, also 2 Black-tailed Godwits still on scrape

16 Apr  Great Egret  Stanford Res – three at the dam end, 17.00

16 Apr  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – drake still by the feeding station late morning, also 2 Great Egrets, 4 Little Ringed Plovers and 2 Black-tailed Godwits

16 Apr  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – reported again in Pintail Bay, 10.50, also Osprey

16 Apr  Common Redstart  Rothersthorpe – a male in hedge in south-east corner of small horse paddock, off Banbury Lane, 200 m west of the village, visible from metal gate with discarded traffic cones, 09.25  SP709567

16 Apr  Great Egret  Stanford Res – two between 09.10 and 09.20, also Green Sandpiper and 2 Common Sandpipers

16 Apr  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – drake still by the feeding station, 09.05 also Great Egret

16 Apr  Osprey  Hollowell Res – one fishing, 09.00 and one over east, 09.15

Monday 15th April

15 Apr  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – two on the main lake, 12.25

15 Apr  Woodlark  Pitsford Res – one flew low east over the dam, calling, toward back of Moulton Grange Bay, 10.40, also Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Common Sandpipers and Northern Wheatear still

15 Apr  Osprey  Oundle – one flew west along the River Nene, 10.25

15 Apr  Bar-tailed Godwit  Summer Leys LNR – one on the scrape, 10.00, also drake Garganey still

15 Apr  Northern Wheatear  Pitsford Res – one below the dam, 09.45

15 Apr  Ruff  Summer Leys LNR – one on Fisherman’s Point, on the main lake, 09.05

15 Apr  Northern Wheatear  Stanwick GP – one on the spit on the main lake, 08.40

15 Apr  Common Redstart  Daventry CP – a male in paddock immediately east of the country park, in hedge leading away from the track off the Long Buckby road, a field’s width from the road, 08.35

15 Apr  Greenshank  Stanford Res – one on the dam, 07.30, also Great Egret and 6 Yellow Wagtails

15 Apr  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still along the bridleway to Cottesbrooke, by the stream, 07.15

Sunday 14th April

14 Apr  White Wagtail  Pitsford Res – one on the dam, late afternoon

14 Apr  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still along the bridleway to Cottesbrooke, close to its original location, approximately 1 km west of Brampton Valley Way, 18.15

14 Apr  White Wagtail  Stanford Res – one on the dam, 09.00

14 Apr  Great Egret  Stanford Res – one on the dam, 08.05

14 Apr  Jack Snipe  Barnwell – one on the flood adjacent to Barnwell Lock, early morning

Saturday 13th April

13 Apr  Common Redstart  Hellidon – a male on private land, 16.20

13 Apr  Great Egret  Crick – one at Foxholes Fisheries, early afternoon

13 Apr  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – one by the feeding station, 12.30

13 Apr  Osprey  Earls Barton GP – one flew high east over Mary’s Lake, 10.47, also Great Egret on Hardwater Lake, 12.25

13 Apr  Jack Snipe  Hollowell Res – one still this morning

13 Apr  Whooper Swan  Thrapston GP – first-winter still on Elinor Trout Lake, also 3 Pink-footed Geese in adjacent wheat field

13 Apr  Great Egret  Stanford Res – three at the dam end, 07.20

13 Apr  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still along the bridleway to Cottesbrooke, by the stream, 07.10

Friday 12th April

12 Apr  Common Crane  Hanging Houghton – one flew high north, 17.20

12 Apr  Little Gull  Stanwick GP – adult still on the A45 Lay-by Pit, 15.30

12 Apr  Osprey  Thrapston GP – one fishing at Aldwincle Lake 11.10, having been present in a tree at Elinor Trout Lake, one hour earlier; also Great Egret and 3 Pink-footed Geese

12 Apr  Knot  Knot Stanwick GP – one on the A45 Lay-by Pit, 10.00, also adult Little Gull

12 Apr  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton, still off bridleway to Cottesbrooke, in hedge by derelict red brick barn, 09.40

12 Apr  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – drake on Gull Island, 08.15, also Great Egret on the scrape

12 Apr  Great Egret  Stanford Res – two early morning, also Green Sandpiper

Thursday 11th April

11 Apr  Greenland Wheatear  Daventry CP – two males in paddock east of the country park

11 Apr  White Wagtail  Stanford Res – one on the dam this evening, also 2 Great Egrets (one at the settling pond and one in trees at nearby Stanford Hall)

11 Apr  Great Egret  Aldwincle – one

11 Apr  Common Redstart  Earls Baron GP – male in bushes north of Mary’s Lake, 17.35

11 Apr  Little Gull Clifford Hill GP – two, 15.45, also 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Northern Wheatears and 5 White Wagtails

11 Apr  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still along the bridleway to Cottesbrooke, viewed from hard standing next to large barn, 13.20

11 Apr  Little Gull  Ditchford GP – three on Dragonfly Lake, Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows LNR, 10.35

11 Apr  Osprey  Ditchford GP – one flew east over Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows LNR, 09.55

11 Apr  Osprey  Summer Leys LNR – one flew east, 09.30

11 Apr  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still along the bridleway to Cottesbrooke, by the stream, 08.30

11 Apr  Great Egret  Stanford Res – one from the dam, 08.15, also Green Sandpiper and Yellow Wagtail

Wednesday 10th April

10 Apr  White Wagtail  Stanford Res – one on the dam, 17.15

10 Apr  Little Gull Clifford Hill GP – two this evening, also 3 Little Ringed Plovers, Northern Wheatear and 9 White Wagtails

10 Apr  Osprey  Summer Leys LNR – one over, 16.00

10 Apr  Little Gull  Stanwick GP – adult still on A45 Lay-by Pit, 15.30

10 Apr  Grey Plover  Hollowell Res – one still this afternoon

10 Apr  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still along the bridleway to Cottesbrooke, this afternoon

10 Apr  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – drake still in front of feeding station

10 Apr  Bar-tailed Godwit  Clifford Hill GP – one still 12.30, also 2 Little Ringed Plovers and Little Gull

10 Apr  Arctic Tern  Stanwick GP – two, mid-morning, also adult Little Gull plus 2 Black-tailed Godwits still

10 Apr  Great Egret  Ravensthorpe Res – one, 10.15, also Green Sandpiper

10 Apr  Tree Pipit  Daventry CP – one over, north, 09.58

10 Apr  Great Egret  Stanford Res – two still, this morning

10 Apr  Little Gull  Stanwick GP – adult still on A45 Lay-by Pit, 08.15, also 2 Black-tailed Godwits still on the main lake

10 Apr  Little Gull  Pitsford Res – two from the dam, 08.00, also Red-crested Pochard in Scaldwell Bay and Peregrine

10 Apr  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still along the bridleway to Cottesbrooke, by the stream this morning

Tuesday 9th April

09 Apr  Common Scoter  Summer Leys LNR – four still, off the feeding station, 19.10

09 Apr  Osprey  Ravensthorpe Res – one fishing, early evening

09 Apr  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still along the bridleway to Cottesbrooke, by the stream, near to the straw pile, 18.45

09 Apr  Common Scoter  Summer Leys LNR – four still, off the feeding station, 18.30, also Great Egret, 4 Little Ringed Plovers and White Wagtail

09 Apr  Little Gull  Stanwick GP – adult on A45 Lay-by Pit, 18.25

09 Apr  Bar-tailed Godwit  Clifford Hill GP – one, 17.30, also 2 Ringed Plovers, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, Dunlin, Arctic Tern, 12 Little Gulls and Yellow Wagtail

09 Apr  Little Gull  Stanford Res – one still, 17.10, also 2 Little Ringed Plovers and Green Sandpiper

09 Apr  Black-tailed Godwit  Stanwick GP – two on the Main Lake, 16.35

09 Apr  Great Egret  Sulby Res – two this afternoon

09 Apr  Grey Plover  Hollowell Res – two again in Guilsborough Bay, late afternoon, also 2 Dunlins and 3 White Wagtails

09 Apr  Little Gull  Pitsford Res – two off the dam, 13.25, also Peregrine

09 Apr  Little Gull  Ravensthorpe Res – two (adult and second-summer), 12.15, also Green Sandpiper

09 Apr  Grey Plover  Hollowell Res – one still at midday, also 2 Dunlins

09 Apr  Little Gull  Pitsford Res – two in Scaldwell Bay this morning

09 Apr  Pink-footed Goose  Thrapston GP – two still this morning, also 2 Great Egrets still

09 Apr  Little Gull  Clifford Hill GP – four on the main barrage lake, 10.45, also 2 Curlews, Black-tailed Godwit, Yellow Wagtail and 8-10 White Wagtails (all at the pools along the northern shoreline)

09 Apr  White Wagtail  Summer Leys LNR – two on Fisherman’s Point, Main Lake, 09.30

09 Apr  Arctic Tern  Boddington Res – one this morning

09 Apr  Mediterranean Gull  Stanwick GP – second-summer still on A45 Lay-by Pit this morning, also Little Ringed Plover and Great Egret

09 Apr  Grey Plover  Hollowell Res – one still this morning, also 2 Little Ringed Plovers and 3 Dunlins

09 Apr  Little Gull  Stanford Res – one, 08.05, also Curlew and Green Sandpiper

09 Apr  Common Scoter  Summer Leys LNR – four from Pioneer Hide, 08.05

09 Apr  Little Gull  Boddington Res – three this morning

09 Apr  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still along the bridleway to Cottesbrooke, by the stream, this morning

09 Apr  Little Gull  Stanwick GP – a second-summer on the main lake, 07.10

Monday 8th April

08 Apr  Arctic Tern  Hollowell Res – one off the dam briefly, 18.45, also 11 Little Gulls still, falling to 6 by 19.30, plus Common Sandpiper

08 Apr  Ring Ouzel  Hellidon – one briefly today

08 Apr  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – one, late evening

08 Apr  Little Gull  Hollowell Res – eleven, early evening

08 Apr  Little Gull  Stanford Res – twelve, early evening

08 Apr  Black Tern  Clifford Hill GP – one with 8 Little Gulls, 18.10, all of which flew high east at 18.30, also 2 Curlews and 2 Northern Wheatears

08 Apr  Mediterranean Gull  Stanwick GP – a second-summer on the A45 Layby Pit, 17.20

08 Apr  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still along the bridleway to Cottesbrooke, in tree by dung pile, opposite large barn, 16.10

08 Apr  Grey Plover  Hollowell Res – two in Guilsborough Bay, 16.00, also 7 Little Gulls

08 Apr  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – one off the Holly Tree, 13.30, also 2 Yellow Wagtails

08 Apr  Northern Wheatear  Bugbrooke – four east of village, 11.45

08 Apr  Great Egret  Thrapston GP – three late morning, also 2 Pink-footed Geese still

08 Apr  Osprey  Pitsford Res – one in Scaldwell Bay mid-morning, also drake Red-crested Pochard still

08 Apr  Great Egret  Stanford Res – two still, this morning, also Green Sandpiper

08 Apr  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still along the bridleway to Cottesbrooke this morning

Sunday 7th April

07 Apr  Black Tern  Summer Leys LNR – one, late evening

07 Apr  Northern Wheatear  Bugbrooke – two in field with owl box, east of village, 11.45

07 Apr  Little Gull  Pitsford Res – two off the dam late morning, also Northern Wheatear and Yellow Wagtail, plus drake Red-crested Pochard in Walgrave Bay

07 Apr  Great Egret  Thrapston GP – two on Aldwincle Lake, 11.00, also 2 more Pink-footed Geese in field immediately north of Elinor Trout Lake

07 Apr  Little Gull  Ditchford GP – two on IL&M Dragonfly Lake this morning

07 Apr  Little Gull  Thrapston GP – four (3 adults and a first-summer) on Aldwincle Lake, 10.20, also first-winter Whooper Swan and Pink-footed Goose still

07 Apr  harrier sp  Fawsley Park – ‘grey male’ flew north, c.10.10; also seen earlier at nearby Eydon

07 Apr  Ring Ouzel  Gretton – one south-east of the village, from Jurassic Way toward Harringworth Lodge this morning, grid ref: SP916946, also Osprey over

07 Apr  Great Egret  Stanford Res – two this morning

07 Apr  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – drake still, in front of feeding station, 09.25

07 Apr  Northern Wheatear  Clifford Hill GP – two in the field behind the 4th pylon along from the Premier Inn 08.15, also 46 Golden Plovers flew south, 12 White Wagtails and Yellow Wagtail on the northern shoreline of the main barrage lake

07 Apr  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still along the bridleway to Cottesbrooke, close to the stream, 07.30

07 Apr  Little Gull  Stanwick GP – two on the main lake, 06.30

Saturday 6th April

06 Apr  Jack Snipe  Northampton – one at Upton Mill, 18.15

06 Apr  Little Gull  Clifford Hill GP – six still on the main barrage lake, 17.55

06 Apr  Little Gull  Summer Leys LNR – three, 16.20

06 Apr  Little Gull  Clifford Hill GP – nine on the main barrage lake, 15.50, also Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plovers and 4 White Wagtails

06 Apr  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still along the bridleway to Cottesbrooke, close to the stream, 15.05

06 Apr  Little Gull  Stanford Res – two adults, 13.25, also Green Sandpiper

06 Apr  Mediterranean Gull  Stanwick GP – adult on the A45 Layby Pit, 12.50

06 Apr  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still along the bridleway to Cottesbrooke, in the small trees by the stream, between the barn and small spinney, 12.25

06 Apr  Jack Snipe  Hollowell Res – one this morning

06 Apr  Red-crested Pochard  Pitsford Res – drake in Scaldwell Bay this morning, also Yellow Wagtail by dam

06 Apr  Northern Wheatear  Clifford Hill GP – one in the field behind the 4th pylon along from the Premier Inn this morning, also Golden Plover, 5 White Wagtails and Yellow Wagtail

06 Apr  Little Gull  Stanford Res – adult this morning (different individual to yesterday)

06 Apr  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – drake still, on Eddie’s Island, 08.07

06 Apr  Great Egret  Stanford Res – one still, 07.25

06 Apr  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still along the bridleway to Cottesbrooke, close to the stream, 07.25

Friday 5th April

05 Apr  Little Gull  Hollowell Res – two adults, 18.30

05 Apr  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still along bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 18.00

05 Apr  Little Gull  Summer Leys LNR – adult late afternoon

05 Apr  Mediterranean Gull  Stanwick GP – two adults late afternoon

05 Apr  Little Gull  Daventry CP – adult late afternoon

05 Apr  Little Gull  Stanford Res – adult late afternoon, also Great Egret still

05 Apr  Common Redstart  Moulton – male on private land at Moulton College, late morning

05 Apr  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still in hedge below small barn, 300 m south of bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 200 m west of Brampton Valley Way, 10.15

05 Apr  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – drake still mid-morning, also Great Egret, 2 Little Ringed Plovers and Green Sandpiper

05 Apr  Northern Wheatear  Clifford Hill GP – one at the eastern end of the main barrage lake, 09.15, also Golden Plover, Little Ringed Plover and 2 Yellow Wagtails

05 Apr  Great Egret  Stanford Res – one still, 07.25, also Green Sandpiper

05 Apr  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still off the bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 07.25

05 Apr  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – drake from Screen Hide, 07.20

Thursday 4th April

04 Apr  Hen Harrier  Stoke Albany – one flew east over the B669 between Stoke Albany and Desborough AF, 15.35

04 Apr  Osprey  Hollowell Res – one flew south, 14.40, also White Wagtail

04 Apr  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – two drakes off the Feeding Station, 13.25

04 Apr  Pink-footed Goose Thrapston GP – three still this morning, also 2 Great Egrets still

04 Apr  Great Egret  Stanford Res – one still, 08.15, also Peregrine and Green Sandpiper

04 Apr  Great Grey Shrike Hanging Houghton – still off the bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 07.50

Wednesday 3rd April

03 Apr  Red-crested Pochard  Pitsford Res – drake off the sailing club, 13.45

03 Apr  Whooper Swan  Thrapston GP – first-winter still this morning, also 3 Pink-footed Geese still, 2 Great Egrets and Curlew

03 Apr  Osprey  Hollowell Res – one fishing, late morning

03 Apr  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – drake still off the Feeding Station, 11.30

03 Apr  Great Egret  Stanford Res – one still this morning, also Ringed Plover and Green Sandpiper

03 Apr  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – drake still off the Feeding Station, 08.50

03 Apr  Great Grey Shrike Hanging Houghton – still off the bridleway to Cottesbrooke this morning

Tuesday 2nd April

02 Apr  Nordic Jackdaw  Kettering – one showing characteristics of this race at Castle Field, Wicksteed Park today

02 Apr  Great Egret  Summer Leys – one this morning, also another on adjacent Mary’s Lake (Earls Barton GP)

02 Apr  Great Egret  Stanford Res – two this morning, also Green Sandpiper

02 Apr  Great Grey Shrike Hanging Houghton – still off the bridleway to Cottesbrooke this morning

Monday 1st April

01 Apr  Great Grey Shrike Hanging Houghton – still off the bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 19.30

01 Apr  Short-eared Owl  Finedon – one still around Neville’s Lodge, 18.35

01 Apr  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – one still

01 Apr  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – drake between Chestnut Corner and Feeding Station, 14.30

01 Apr  Great Grey Shrike Hanging Houghton – still off the bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 12.30-12.55

01 Apr  Osprey  Pitsford Res – a male (’03’ from Rutland Water) over Maytrees Hide, 11.30

01 Apr  Ring Ouzel  Brampton Valley Way – male reported in a horse field at Draughton Crossing, 10.11 but no further sign, following subsequent search, by 11.30

Sunday 31st March

31 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Stanwick GP – two adults on the A45 Lay-by Pit this evening

31 Mar  Northern Wheatear  Northampton – male in horse paddock adjacent to Kingsthorpe Meadows LNR, off Mill Lane, 16.40

31 Mar  Black-tailed Godwit  Summer Leys LNR – one at the base of Fisherman’s Point, 13.00, also 6 Little Ringed Plovers

31 Mar  Crossbill  Wakerley Great Wood – two (male and female) from the car park at midday

31 Mar  Northern Wheatear  Harrington AF – male at the first bunker this morning

31 Mar  Great Egret  Stanford Res – one still this morning

31 Mar  Great Grey Shrike Hanging Houghton – still off the bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 07.00

Saturday 30th March

30 Mar  Great Grey Shrike Hanging Houghton – still off the bridleway to Cottesbrooke this afternoon, also Short-eared Owl

30 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Summer Leys LNR – adult on Rotary Island early afternoon, also drake Garganey on the main lake

30 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Pitsford Res – second-summer north of the causeway, 11.05, also Common Sandpiper on causeway

30 Mar  Black-tailed Godwit  Summer Leys LNR – three on Gull Island late morning

30 Mar  Osprey  Bulwick – one over, 09.20

30 Mar  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – two, 09.00, also 2 Little Ringed Plovers and Black-tailed Godwit and

30 Mar  Cattle Egret  Ditchford GP – one still in trees by Cormorant colony on Delta Lake, 08.50

30 Mar  Great Egret  Stanford Res – one in trees east of the hide, 07.35

30 Mar  Great Grey Shrike Hanging Houghton – still off the bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 07.30

Friday 29th March

29 Mar  Short-eared Owl  Finedon – two still at Neville’s Lodge, 17.00-18.00

29 Mar  Great Egret  Stanford Res – one near the old hide this afternoon

29 Mar  Whooper Swan  Thrapston GP – first-winter still late morning, also 3 Pink-footed Geese still, 2 Great Egrets and 2 Common Snipe

29 Mar  Short-eared Owl  Ditchford GP – one over Otter Lake at Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows LNR, late morning

29 Mar  Great Grey Shrike Hanging Houghton – still off the bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 10.40, showing well along hedge with ‘Environmental Headland’ notice, also male Northern Wheatear and Corn Bunting

29 Mar  Cattle Egret  Ditchford GP – one still in trees by Cormorant colony on Delta Lake,10.00, visible only from the east side of the lake at a point 100m before the viewing screen

29 Mar  Northern Wheatear  Harrington AF – a male by the third bunker, 08.50

29 Mar  Cattle Egret  Ditchford GP – one still in trees by Cormorant colony on Delta Lake, 08.40

29 Mar  Osprey  Cold Ashby – one flew west over Honey Hill, 08.35

29 Mar  Great Egret  Stanwick GP – two this morning

Thursday 28th March

28 Mar  Hooded Crow  Summer Leys LNR – one photographed in flight over cattle field immediately north of the reserve

28 Mar  Short-eared Owl  Finedon – two still at Neville’s Lodge, 17.00-18.00

28 Mar  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – three, 18.00

28 Mar  Great Egret  Stanwick GP – one late afternoon, also 2 Little Ringed Plovers and Green Sandpiper

28 Mar  Great Egret  Stanford Res – two, 14.20

28 Mar  Cattle Egret  Ditchford GP – one with Little Egrets, again in trees behind Cormorant colony on Delta Lake, 13.20, largely obscured but visible from wooden platform on circular walk from Rushden Lakes Shopping Centre, before flying out of view into trees/scrub on the shopping centre side of the lake, 13.35

28 Mar  White Stork  Ditchford GP – one circling above the A6 the eastern end of Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows before finally drifting west over nearby Higham Ferrers, 12.55

28 Mar  Firecrest  Pitsford Res – one in the rear scrub area of Scaldwell Bay, beyond ringing hut and by vehicle bridge over stream, 11.25,

28 Mar  White Stork  Braunston – one drifting toward Barby, 08.45, as viewed from lay-by on A45, present yesterday in adjacent area of Warwickshire

28 Mar  Great Egret  Pitsford Res – one in Walgrave Bay, 08.15

28 Mar  Great Egret  Stanford Res – one still, at the dam end, 08.05

28 Mar  Ruff  Stanwick GP – sixteen on the main lake, 07.10

28 Mar  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still off the bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 07.00

Wednesday 27th March

27 Mar  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – two on the bund this evening

27 Mar  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still off the bridleway to Cottesbrooke, late afternoon, also Corn Bunting

27 Mar  Crossbill  Pitsford Res – two flew over Walgrave Bay this morning

27 Mar  Great Egret  Stanford Res – one, 08.40

27 Mar  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – one just north of the reserve, 07.00

27 Mar  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – one on the A45 Lay-by Pit, 07.00

Tuesday 26th March

26 Mar  Common Crane  Holcot – two over, toward Pitsford Res, at midday

26 Mar  Osprey  Deene Lake – one over late morning, also 4 Green Sandpipers and 3 Common Snipe

26 Mar  Common Crane  Moulton – two over, south, 10.25

26 Mar  Whooper Swan  Thrapston GP – one still on Town Lake this morning, also 3 Pink-footed Geese still, Great Egret, Redshank and Green Sandpiper

26 Mar  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – one in Pintail Bay, 08.35, also drake Red-crested Pochard off the sailing club

26 Mar  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – two, 08.30, also Green Sandpiper

26 Mar  Jack Snipe  Stanwick GP – one along the causeway of the A45 Lay-by Pit, 08.10

26 Mar  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still off the bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 08.05

Monday 25th March

25 Mar  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – drake still, 16.15, from Pioneer Hide

25 Mar  Cattle Egret  Ditchford GP – no further sign of one in trees below Cormorant colony on Delta Lake, 14.15

25 Mar  Great Grey Shrike Hanging Houghton – still off the bridleway to Cottesbrooke

25 Mar  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – at least one, still

25 Mar  Pink-footed Goose  Thrapston GP – two still, late morning, also two Great Egrets and 2 Green Sandpipers but no sign of Ring-necked Duck

25 Mar  Cattle Egret  Ditchford GP – one in trees below Cormorant colony on Delta Lake, 11.35, visible from wooden platform on circular walk from Rushden Lakes Shopping Centre and apparently present in the area for several days

25 Mar  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – drake near the feeding station, 08.30

Sunday 24th March

24 Mar  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – three this afternoon

24 Mar  Ring-necked Duck  Thrapston GP – drake again at southern end of Aldwincle Lake, 11.15, but visible only from South Hide or between there and the raised bench

24 Mar  Jack Snipe  Thrapston GP – one near Kirby Hide, 10.10 but no sign of Ring-necked Duck

24 Mar  Great Egret  Stanford Res – one still, 09.30

24 Mar  Great Grey Shrike Hanging Houghton – still off the bridleway to Cottesbrooke, now just west of the Brampton Valley Way, 09.15, also Northern Wheatear

24 Mar  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – one still, by the River Nene but no sign of yesterday’s Avocets

Saturday 23rd March

23 Mar  Short-eared Owl  Finedon – one still at Neville’s Lodge, 17.40

23 Mar  Common Crane  Brixworth – two flew east, 17.15

23 Mar  Ring-necked Duck  Thrapston GP – drake on Aldwincle Lake, 16.00

23 Mar  Short-eared Owl  Lilbourne Meadows LNR/DIRFT3 – one still, 15.55

23 Mar  Great Egret  Stanford Res – two still, Keepers Lodge Bay, 15.50

23 Mar  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – one still, also Little Ringed Plover and 3 Redshanks

23 Mar  Avocet  Summer Leys LNR – two still on Fisherman’s Point, on the main lake, 14.35

23 Mar  Northern Wheatear  Mears Ashby – female just north of the village, east of Highfield Road, early afternoon

23 Mar  Avocet  Summer Leys LNR – two on Fisherman’s Point, on the main lake, 10.50 and still present 12.05

23 Mar  Great Egret  Stanford Res – two still, late morning

23 Mar  Crossbill  Kelmarsh – one flew over Scotland Wood, 10.00

23 Mar  Red-crested Pochard  Pitsford Res – drake still in Scaldwell Bay, 09.10

23 Mar  Great Grey Shrike Hanging Houghton – still off the bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 07.45, also Corn Bunting

23 Mar  Great Northern Diver Pitsford Res – at least one, still, off Pintail Bay, 07.35

Friday 22nd March

22 Mar  Iceland Gull  Stanford Res – second-winter again, also 3 Great Egrets

22 Mar  Great Grey Shrike Hanging Houghton – still off the bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 15.55, also 2 Corn Buntings

22 Mar  Great Egret  Thrapston GP – two, late morning

22 Mar  Great Grey Shrike Hanging Houghton – still off the bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 10.38, though mobile and elusive

22 Mar  Whooper Swan Thrapston GP – first-winter still this morning, also 3 Pink-footed Geese still but no sign of yesterday’s Ring-necked Duck

Thursday 21st March

21 Mar  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – one still this evening

21 Mar  Short-eared Owl  Finedon – two still at Neville’s Lodge, 17.40

21 Mar  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – two still, north of the dam, 16.55

21 Mar  Jack Snipe  Stortons GP – one in ringers’ cut in the reedbed, 16.00

21 Mar  Ring-necked Duck  Thrapston GP – drake on Aldwincle Lake, from Kirby Hide, 15.00

21 Mar  Northern Wheatear  Borough Hill – a male just north of the summit compound mid-morning

21 Mar  Pink-footed Goose  Stanford Res – two still, 08.25, also Great Egret

21 Mar  Great Grey Shrike Hanging Houghton – still off the bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 08.30, also Corn Bunting

21 Mar  Red-crested Pochard  Pitsford Res – drake in Scaldwell Bay, 07.55

Wednesday 20th March

20 Mar  Short-eared Owl  Lilbourne Meadows LNR – one still

20 Mar  Jack Snipe  Pitsford Res – one still north of the causeway this evening, also 40 Common Snipe

20 Mar  Pink-footed Goose  Stanford Res – two still, 16.50, also Great Egret

20 Mar  ‘Viking’ Gull Daventry CP – a juvenile Glaucous X Herring Gull hybrid between 10.00 and 10.30, then flew off

20 Mar  Whooper Swan  Thrapston GP – first-winter still on Town Lake this morning, also 3 Pink-footed Geese still on Elinor Trout Lake, plus 2 Great Egrets

20 Mar  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – one still this morning, also Black-tailed Godwit from Screen Hide

20 Mar  Great Grey Shrike Hanging Houghton – still off the bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 08.00, also Northern Wheatear and 2 Corn Buntings

20 Mar  Great Egret  Stanford Res – one still, 06.55

Tuesday 19th March

19 Mar  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – two still, early evening

19 Mar  Pink-footed Goose  Thrapston GP – three still, late morning, also first-winter Whooper Swan still by the sailing club on Town Lake

19 Mar  Great Egret  Ditchford GP – one still at Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows LNR today

19 Mar  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – two still, off the causeway car park this afternoon, also Merlin

19 Mar  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – two still, off the causeway car park

19 Mar  Great Grey Shrike Hanging Houghton – still off the bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 09.00

19 Mar  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – one still this morning

19 Mar  Great Egret  Stanford Res – one still this morning, also Green Sandpiper

19 Mar  Black-tailed Godwit  Stanwick GP – one on the main lake, 07.30, also 9 Redshanks

Monday 18th March

18 Mar  Black Redstart  Great Doddington – a female in Glenfield Drive

18 Mar  Crossbill  Wakerley Great Wood – seven or eight in larches by the car park this afternoon

18 Mar  Great Egret  Welton – one flew west, 17.04 and appeared to land

18 Mar  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still on bridleway to Cottesbrooke, viewable distantly in small plantation on top of hill, 16.55

18 Mar  Pink-footed Goose  Stanford Res – two still, 16.20, also Green Sandpiper

18 Mar  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – one still this afternoon

18 Mar  Jack Snipe  Pitsford Res – one today, also 48 Common Snipe

18 Mar  Northern Wheatear  Clifford Hill GP – male still in the north-west corner of the main lake’s grazing area, 200 m from the entrance from Lakeside, 13.25

18 Mar  White Wagtail  Hardingstone GP – one in horse paddock on the southern perimeter, 13.00, also second-winter Yellow-legged Gull

18 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Daventry CP – adult early afternoon, also Green Sandpiper

18 Mar  Pink-footed Goose  Stanford Res – two still, 12.00, also 3 Great Egrets

18 Mar  Osprey  Pitsford Res – one flew north over Brixworth CP, 12.00, also drake Red-crested Pochard in Scaldwell Bay and 2 Great Northern Divers still, between the causeway and The Narrows

18 Mar  Pink-footed Goose  Thrapston GP – three still, late morning, also Great Egret

18 Mar  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – one still, c.400 m south of the causeway, 09.30

Sunday 17th March

17 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Stanford Res – adult in the roost this evening, also 2 Great Egrets and 2 Pink-footed Geese, still

17 Mar  Great Egret  Ditchford GP – one at Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows LNR today

17 Mar  Northern Wheatear  Clifford Hill GP – male still, in the north-west corner of the main lake’s grazing area, 200 m from the entrance from Lakeside, 12.15

17 Mar  Great Egret  Stanford Res – one at the settling pond, 11.35

17 Mar  Whooper Swan  Thrapston GP – first-winter still at the southern end of Town Lake, 11.30

17 Mar  Caspian Gull  Hollowell Res – first-winter still, 11.00, also Redshank and Jack Snipe

17 Mar  Northern Wheatear  Clifford Hill GP – one on the northern side, between the muddy peninsula and the entrance from Lakeside, 10.30

17 Mar  Pink-footed Goose  Thrapston GP – three still this morning, also Great Egret

17 Mar  Pink-footed Goose  Stanford Res – two still this morning

17 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Clifford Hill GP – adult, 08.45, also White Wagtail

17 Mar  Great Grey Shrike Hanging Houghton – still in hedgerow to the north of the bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 07.50, also 2 Corn Buntings

17 Mar  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – one still, 06.55, also Curlew over, 07.50

17 Mar  Great Grey Shrike Hanging Houghton – still in hedgerow to the north of the bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 06.45

Saturday 16th March

16 Mar  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – one still north of the dam this afternoon, also first-winter Yellow-legged Gull

16 Mar  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – one still this morning

16 Mar  Pink-footed Goose  Stanford Res – two still this morning, also 2 Great Egrets

Friday 15th March

15 Mar  Whooper Swan  Thrapston GP – first-winter still on Town Lake

15 Mar  Pink-footed Goose  Stanford Res – two still, late afternoon

15 Mar  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – two this afternoon

15 Mar  Pink-footed Goose  Thrapston GP – one still by Elinor Trout lake this morning, also 3 Great Egrets and Peregrine

15 Mar  Great Grey Shrike Hanging Houghton – still in hedgerow to the north of the bridleway to Cottesbrooke this morning

Thursday 14th March

14 Mar  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – one reported from Pioneer Hide during the afternoon

14 Mar  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – one still today

14 Mar  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – two still north of the dam, 17.00

14 Mar  Great Egret  Stanford Res – one still, 16.55

14 Mar  Great Egret  Crick – one at Foxholes Fisheries today (present since December 2018)

14 Mar  Iceland Gull  Stanford Res – a second-winter briefly before flying towards Shawell (Leics), 10.40, also 2 Pink-footed Geese still

Wednesday 13th March

13 Mar  Great Egret  Stanford Res – three at the dam end, 16.30

13 Mar  Pink-footed Goose  Stanford Res – two still, early afternoon

13 Mar  Great Egret  Thrapston GP – three this morning

Tuesday 12th March

12 Mar  Pink-footed Goose  Stanford Res – two still early evening, also Great Egret

12 Mar  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – two still north of the dam, 17.30, also second-winter Yellow-legged Gull north of the causeway

12 Mar  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – three still

12 Mar  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – three still

Monday 11th March

11 Mar  Short-eared Owl  Finedon – one at Neville’s Lodge, 16.30

11 Mar  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – three still

11 Mar  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still in hedgerow to the north of the bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 15.30, also male Merlin over

11 Mar  Pink-footed Goose  Stanford Res – two still this afternoon, also 2 Great Egrets and Green Sandpiper

11 Mar  Pink-footed Goose  Thrapston GP – three still with Greylags in crop field by Elinor Trout lake this morning, also 2-3 Great Egrets

11 Mar  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – one again in hedgerow along bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 08.00

Sunday 10th March 2019

10 Mar  Merlin  Maidwell – male in the Blueberry Farm area, 14.20

10 Mar  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – two on the main lake, 12.15

10 Mar  Great Egret  Earls Barton GP – one on Moon Lake, 11.45

10 Mar  Great Egret  Stanwick GP – one on the small lake opposite the Diamond Centre, 11.15

10 Mar  Great Egret  Ditchford GP – one on Chester House Lake, 10.35

10 Mar  Kittiwake  Stanford Res – adult briefly, 08.50

10 Mar  Pink-footed Goose  Stanford Res – two still with Greylags in field between the old hide and blue gate at the dam end, 08.05, also Great Egret in Blowers Lodge Bay

Saturday 9th March

09 Mar  Pink-footed Goose  Stanford Res – two still with Greylags in field between the old hide and blue gate at the dam end, also Great Egret at the settling pond, plus Redshank and Green Sandpiper

09 Mar  White Wagtail  Hollowell Res – two this morning, 11.00, also Jack Snipe and Stonechat

09 Mar  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – four this morning, also Redshank

09 Mar  Red-crested Pochard  Clifford Hill GP – drake this morning, also Barnacle Goose

Friday 8th March

08 Mar  Great Egret  Thrapston GP – one still this afternoon

08 Mar  Pink-footed Goose  Stanford Res – two with Greylags in field between the old hide and blue gate at the dam end

08 Mar  Pink-footed Goose  Thrapston GP – two on Aldwincle Lake this afternoon

08 Mar  Crossbill  Harlestone Heath – up to 11 this afternoon (one near the entrance and c.10 near the sawmill, 12.15)

08 Mar  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – three still this morning, also 2 Curlews, which then flew east

Thursday 7th March

07 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Stanford Res – adult, 18.20

07 Mar  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – two juveniles still north of the dam, 16.55

07 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Daventry CP – adult this morning

07 Mar  Great Egret  Stanford Res – one in Keeper’s Lodge Bay this morning

07 Mar  Pink-footed Goose  Thrapston GP – at least one still with Greylags, at the entrance to Elinor Trout Lake this morning, also Great Egret on Heronry Lake and Curlew over

Wednesday 6th March

06 Mar  Iceland Gull  Stanford Res – second-winter, 18.15

06 Mar  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – three still this afternoon

06 Mar  Pink-footed Goose  Thrapston GP – three still, near Peter Scott Hide, this morning, also Great Egret

Tuesday 5th March

05 Mar  Great Egret  Stanford Res – three this afternoon

05 Mar  Caspian Gull  Hollowell Res – first-winter, still, 12.30, also adult Yellow-legged Gull and Stonechat

05 Mar  Crossbill  Fineshade Wood – two, male and female, drinking from puddles along track to hide today

05 Mar  Red-crested Pochard  Hardingstone GP – drake, early afternoon

05 Mar  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – juvenile still, in The Narrows, 12.50

05 Mar  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – three still this morning

Monday 4th March

04 Mar  Crossbill  Wakerley Great Wood – two showing well in the picnic area plus several others heard calling in the larches near the car park

04 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Daventry CP – adult this afternoon, also 16 Common Snipe

04 Mar  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – three this afternoon

04 Mar  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – two at midday

04 Mar  Whooper Swan  Thrapston GP – first-winter still on Town Lake this morning, also 3 Pink-footed Geese still

Sunday 3rd March

03 Mar  Whooper Swan  Thrapston GP – first-winter still on Town Lake this afternoon

03 Mar  Caspian Gull  Boddington Res – adult, 11.30-12.00, also Jack Snipe on flood marsh

03 Mar  Crossbill  Wakerley Great Wood – final total of 11-12 in larches near car park, late morning

03 Mar  Crossbill  Wakerley Great Wood – at least 9 in larches near car park, 10.40

Saturday 2nd March

02 Mar  Crossbill  Wakerley Great Wood – at least 3 this morning, along footpath south-east of the main track at SP964980

02 Mar  Ring-necked Duck Stanwick GP – drake now at south-west end of main lake, 11.50

02 Mar  Crossbill  Hollowell Res – a female in the back of Guilsborough Bay, 10.35, also Jack Snipe and first-winter Caspian Gull

02 Mar  Jack Snipe  Stanford Res – one this morning

02 Mar  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – two juveniles still, north of the dam, 10.00, also third-winter Yellow-legged Gull

02 Mar  Pink-footed Goose  Thrapston GP – three still this morning, also 4 Great Egrets and Peregrine

02 Mar  Whooper Swan Northampton – two heard flying east over Duston, 07.00

02 Mar  Ring-necked Duck Stanwick GP – drake again on small lake immediately south of the main lake and immediately west of the Visitor Centre Lake, 06.50

Friday 1st March

01 Mar  Ring-necked Duck Stanwick GP – drake back at western end of main lake, 14.40

01 Mar  Crossbill  Irchester CP – male singing above the woodcutters’ buildings,14.15

01 Mar  Short-eared Owl  Finedon – one still at Neville’s Lodge, 13.05

01 Mar  Ring-necked Duck Stanwick GP – drake relocated on small lake immediately south of the main lake and immediately west of the Visitor Centre Lake, viewed from the wooden 4-post sculpture, 12.00, also Dunlin and Curlew over north (08.50) but no further sign of the Cattle Egret

01 Mar  Whooper Swan  Thrapston GP – first-winter still on Town Lake late morning, also 2 Pink-footed Geese adjacent to Elinor Trout Lake and 2 Great Egrets

01 Mar  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – one still this morning, also Dunlin, plus one Great Egret on adjacent Mary’s Lake (Earls Barton GP)

01 Mar  Crossbill  Wakerley Great Wood – at least 3 south of the car park, 10.30

01 Mar  Hen Harrier  Stanford Res – juvenile female again, below dam at 08.50, also 2 Great Egrets by the settling pond

01 Mar  Cattle Egret Stanwick GP – one on the main lake, 07.45 but no sign of yesterday’s Ring-necked Duck

Thursday 28th February

28 Feb  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – two juveniles still, north of the dam, 16.30

28 Feb  Ring-necked Duck Stanwick GP – drake at the western end of the main lake, 14.35

28 Feb  Whooper Swan  Thrapston GP – still this morning, also 3 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Great Egrets and Peregrine

28 Feb  Crossbill  Yardley Chase – at least 4 at Olney Lane end

Wednesday 27th February

27 Feb  Short-eared Owl  Finedon – one still at Neville’s Lodge, 18.00

27 Feb  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – two juveniles still, north of the dam, 15.55

27 Feb  Great Egret  Hollowell Res – one, 12.40, also 2 Green Sandpipers

27 Feb  Black-tailed Godwit  Clifford Hill GP – one on the central spit of the main lake, 09.00

27 Feb  Great Egret  Thrapston GP – three this morning, also Redshank and Common Snipe

Tuesday 26th February

26 Feb  Short-eared Owl  Lilbourne Meadows LNR – one still, 17.00 to 17.35, visible distantly from the A5 at the disused entrance to DIRFT3 development site, also 3 Curlews

26 Feb  Caspian Gull  Boddington Res – adult in the gull roost

26 Feb  Mediterranean Gull  Summer Leys LNR – adult summer on The Scrape, 12.15-12.35, then flew west, also 2 Great Egrets

26 Feb  Pink-footed Goose  Thrapston GP – two still on Elinor Trout Lake this morning, also White-fronted Goose and 2 Great Egrets

26 Feb  Great Egret  Cransley Res – one still this morning

26 Feb  Great Egret  Stanford Res – one still, early morning

Monday 25th February 2019

25 Feb  Short-eared Owl  Finedon – two at Neville’s Lodge, 17.40

25 Feb  Short-eared Owl  Lilbourne Meadows LNR – one, 17.25, visible from the A5 at the disused entrance to DIRFT3 development site

25 Feb  Pink-footed Goose  Stanford Res – two still, in field next to dam, late morning

25 Feb  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – five again this morning

25 Feb  Pink-footed Goose  Thrapston GP – two still with Greylags this morning, also 3 Great Egrets and Peregrine

25 Feb  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – two still this morning

Sunday 24th February

24 Feb  Short-eared Owl  Finedon – two, possibly three, at Neville’s Lodge, 17.25-18.00

24 Feb  Great Egret  Ditchford GP – one still on Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows this morning, also drake Red-crested Pochard

24 Feb  Pink-footed Goose  Thrapston GP – three still with Greylags this morning, also 3 Great Egrets and Peregrine

24 Feb  Great Egret  Ravensthorpe Res – one still, 11.40, also Green Sandpiper

24 Feb  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – three still today, also 3 Red-crested Pochards on nearby Pete Wilds’ Lake (Earls Barton GP)

24 Feb  Corn Bunting  Culworth – one with c.100 Yellowhammers, Chaffinches and Linnets, 2.5 km due south of the village, in roadside hedge opposite track to old farm building east of road, 10.00

24 Feb  Great Egret  Stanford Res – one still, 08.45, also Green Sandpiper

Saturday 23rd February

23 Feb  Short-eared Owl  Finedon – one still at Neville’s Lodge, 17.35

23 Feb  Pink-footed Goose  Stanford Res – two still, on the reservoir, 16.15

23 Feb  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – four still

23 Feb  Caspian Gull  Hollowell Res – first-winter, 12,45, also Jack Snipe, adult Yellow-legged Gull and 2 Stonechats

23 Feb  Pink-footed Goose  Thrapston GP – three still with Greylags on Aldwincle Lake this morning, also Great Egret

23 Feb  Crossbill  Irchester CP – at least 2 still, 11.45

Friday 22nd February

22 Feb  White-fronted Goose  Byfield – several flew over, calling, 20.05

22 Feb  Mediterranean Gull  Boddington Res – adult in the roost this evening, 17.00-17.25

22 Feb  Great Egret  Cransley Res – one still this afternoon

22 Feb  Whooper Swan  Thrapston GP – first-winter still on Town Lake this afternoon, also 3 Pink-footed Geese still on Elinor Trout Lake and 3 Great Egrets on Aldwincle Lake

22 Feb  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – five this morning

22 Feb  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – again off bridleway to Cottesbrooke, at c.SP733744, late morning, though distant

22 Feb  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – juvenile still, west of causeway car park, 10.30

22 Feb  Great Egret  Stanford Res – one still this morning, also Curlew over and Green Sandpiper on the dam

22 Feb  Pink-footed Goose  Stanford Res – two still in the field with the Percy Pilcher Monument, opposite Stanford Hall, 09.15

Thursday 21st February

21 Feb  Hen Harrier  Finedon – juvenile female at Neville’s Lodge, 18.00

21 Feb  Cattle Egret  Location withheld – one photographed along the River Nene today

21 Feb  Great Egret  Stanford Res – one still this evening

21 Feb  Great Egret  Earls Barton GP – one still on Mary’s Lake today, also 3 Red-crested Pochards still

21 Feb  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – again off bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 14.45, at c.SP733744

21 Feb  Crossbill  Irchester CP – at least 2 still today

21 Feb  Great Egret  Ravensthorpe Res – one, 12.30, also 2 Green Sandpipers

Wednesday 20th February

20 Feb  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – two still this afternoon, also 100 Golden Plovers

20 Feb  Great Egret  Thrapston GP – five this afternoon

20 Feb  Crossbill  Irchester CP – six still by woodcutters’ yard, 12.00

20 Feb  Great Egret  Pitsford Res – one still this morning, also Green Sandpiper and 2 Stonechats

20 Feb  Crossbill  Irchester CP – unspecified number by woodcutters’ yard, 09.15

Tuesday 19th February

19 Feb  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – one still, in The Narrows, late afternoon, also 2 Great Egrets north of the causeway but no sign of the Ring-necked Duck

19 Feb  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – again off bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 16.15, at c.SP733744, but mobile

19 Feb  Crossbill  Irchester CP – three by woodcutters’ huts, 13.00

⊗  19 Feb  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – no sign in 2-hour search off bridleway to Cottesbrooke, late morning; one Corn Bunting still

19 Feb  Great Egret  Summer Leys – two this morning, also 3 Red-crested Pochards (2 drakes) on adjacent Mary’s Lake (Earls Barton GP)

Monday 18th February

18 Feb  Mediterranean Gull  Boddington Res – adult in the roost this evening

18 Feb  Hen Harrier  Stanford Res – juvenile female still, 15.30, also adult Mediterranean Gull in the roost

18 Feb  Crossbill  Irchester CP – at least 6, 14.00

18 Feb  Great Egret  Thrapston GP – three still this morning

18 Feb  Great Egret  Summer Leys – one this morning, also 3 Red-crested Pochards (2 drakes) on adjacent Mary’s Lake (Earls Barton GP)

Sunday 17th February

17 Feb  Short-eared Owl  Finedon – one at Neville’s Lodge, 17.40

17 Feb  Great Egret  Ravensthorpe Res – one this afternoon

17 Feb  Great Egret  Cransley Res – one still this afternoon

17 Feb  Great Egret  Ditchford GP – one still on IL&M today

17 Feb  Great Egret  Summer Leys – two today, also 3 Red-crested Pochards (2 drakes) on adjacent Mary’s Lake (Earls Barton GP)

17 Feb  Crossbill  Irchester CP – at least 4 in trees to left of first car park, 11.40

17 Feb  Pink-footed Goose  Thrapston GP – three still with Greylags this morning, initially on Elinor Trout Lake before moving to Town Lake, also 3 Great Egrets

17 Feb  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still present this morning, off bridleway to Cottesbrooke

17 Feb  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – one, still, visible from dam around moored boats off sailing club, 08.20

17 Feb  Hen Harrier  Stanford Res – juvenile still, at top of weedy field, 08.15

Saturday 16th February

16 Feb  Hen Harrier  Finedon – juvenile female again at Neville’s Lodge, 17.30, also Short-eared Owl

16 Feb  Iceland Gull  Stanford Res – juvenile flew west over the dam, 16.30, also male Merlin over setaside, 16.50

16 Feb  Pink-footed Goose  Stanford Res – two with Greylags in the field with the Percy Pilcher Monument, opposite Stanford Hall, this afternoon

16 Feb  Crossbill  Irchester CP – eight still, 14.50, but mobile

16 Feb  Ring-necked Duck  Summer Leys LNR – drake still, 14.00

16 Feb  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still present, 11.50, off bridleway to Cottesbrooke

16 Feb  Ring-necked Duck  Summer Leys LNR – drake on main lake from Rotary Hide, 10.40, also 2 Great Egrets

16 Feb  Caspian Gull  Hollowell Res – second-winter, 10.40, also Jack Snipe, adult Yellow-legged Gull and 2 Stonechats

16 Feb  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still present, 09.40, off bridleway to Cottesbrooke, also Merlin

16 Feb  Glossy Ibis  Overstone – a possible (unidentified ibis sp.) flew south between here and Moulton 08.30

Friday 15th February

15 Feb  Hen Harrier  Finedon – ‘ringtail’ again at Neville’s Lodge, 16.48

15 Feb  Hen Harrier  Stanford Res – juvenile still, in Keepers Lodge Bay, 16.35

15 Feb  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still present, today, off bridleway to Cottesbrooke

15 Feb  Caspian Gull  Hollowell Res – two (first-winter and second-winter) early afternoon

15 Feb  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – two this morning

15 Feb  Whooper Swan  Thrapston GP – first-winter on Town Lake this morning, also 2 Great Egrets

15 Feb  Great Grey Shrike  Hollowell Res – one reported at the feeder stream end, 11.45

15 Feb  Great Egret  Earls Barton GP – one on Grendon Lakes, 11.35 (no sign of Ring-necked Duck)

15 Feb  Caspian Gull  Rushton Landfill – third-winter, 10.15

Thursday 14th February

14 Feb  Mediterranean Gull  Boddington Res – adult in the roost this evening

14 Feb  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still present, 17.00, off bridleway to Cottesbrooke, by on-site traffic cone marker

14 Feb  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – two juveniles north of the dam, 15.45, also drake Red-crested Pochard

14 Feb  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – juvenile again below the pig farm, 600 m south of the causeway

14 Feb  Great Egret  Ditchford GP – one still on IL&M

14 Feb  Ring-necked Duck  Pitsford Res – drake still in Pintail Bay

14 Feb  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still present, 13.15, off bridleway to Cottesbrooke, by on-site traffic cone marker

14 Feb  Avocet  Hollowell Res – one on the east shore near the dam, 12.50. Note there is rowing disturbance.

14 Feb  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – one still early afternoon

14 Feb  Crossbill  Irchester CP – several still, 12.35, 50 m from first car park

14 Feb  Great Egret  Cransley Res – one near the feeder stream end, 11.00

14 Feb  Pink-footed Goose  Thrapston GP – three still with Greylags this morning, in field behind Wimpy housing estate, alongside Town Walk

14 Feb  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still present this morning, off bridleway to Cottesbrooke, by on-site traffic cone marker also 4 Corn Buntings

Wednesday 13th February

13 Feb  Hen Harrier  Finedon – ‘ringtail’ again at Neville’s Lodge, 17.25

13 Feb  Hen Harrier  Stanford Res – juvenile still, in Keepers Lodge Bay, 15.20

13 Feb  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still present this afternoon, 14.30, off bridleway to Cottesbrooke, by on-site traffic cone marker also male Merlin

13 Feb  Crossbill  Irchester CP – eight still near playground area, 11.25

13 Feb  Great Egret  Thrapston GP – three still this morning

13 Feb  Great Egret  Ditchford GP – one still late morning

13 Feb  Ring-necked Duck  Pitsford Res – drake still in Pintail Bay, 10.35, also 2 juvenile Great Northern Divers, still, below pig farm 600 m south of the causeway, plus 9 Red-crested Pochards in Walgrave Bay

Tuesday 12th February

12 Feb  Pink-footed Goose  Stanford Res – two still with Greylags in the field with the Percy Pilcher Monument, opposite Stanford Hall, 17.15

12 Feb  Hen Harrier  Finedon – ‘ringtail’ again at Neville’s Lodge, 17.05, also Short-eared Owl at 17.25

12 Feb  Ring-necked Duck  Earls Barton GP – drake on the main lake at Grendon Lakes, opposite the clubhouse/functions facility, 16.45

12 Feb  Ring-necked Duck  Pitsford Res – drake still in Pintail Bay, 15.00

12 Feb  Crossbill  Irchester CP – eight, mobile in larches between entrance and playground area, late morning

12 Feb  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – one still late morning

12 Feb  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still present this morning, 08.15, off bridleway to Cottesbrooke, by on-site traffic cone marker also Corn Bunting

Monday 11th February

11 Feb  Great Egret  Stanford Res – one in Keepers Lodge Bay early evening

11 Feb  Short-eared Owl  Finedon – three at Neville’s Lodge from 16.30

11 Feb  Ring-necked Duck  Pitsford Res – drake still in Pintail Bay, 15.00, also Great Northern Diver in The Narrows

11 Feb  Crossbill  Irchester CP – eight in pines just past playground area, 13.00

11 Feb  Great Egret  Thrapston GP – three on North Lake this morning

11 Feb  Great Egret  Earls Barton GP – one on Mary’s Lake this morning, also one on adjacent Summer Leys LNR

11 Feb  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still present this morning off bridleway to Cottesbrooke, by on-site traffic cone marker also Merlin and Corn Bunting

Sunday 10th February

10 Feb  Hen Harrier  Stanford Res – juvenile still, again over feeders and setaside, 16.55

10 Feb  Siberian Chiffchaff  Stanwick GP – one, 15.30

10 Feb  Great Egret  Thrapston GP – four or five this afternoon

10 Feb  Hen Harrier  Stanford Res – juvenile still, over feeders in Blowers Lodge Bay, 14.25

10 Feb  Short-eared Owl  Harrington AF – one this afternoon

10 Feb  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – two in Pintail Bay 13.30

10 Feb  Great Egret  Earls Barton GP – one on Mary’s Lake, 13.00

10 Feb  Hen Harrier  Summer Leys LNR – a juvenile flew over the main lake at 13.00

10 Feb  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still in same area, 10.30, south of bridleway to Cottesbrooke, by on-site traffic cone marker although distant

10 Feb  Great Egret  Stanford Res – one still this morning

10 Feb  Ring-necked Duck  Pitsford Res – drake still in Pintail Bay, 09.45

10 Feb  Pink-footed Goose  Stanford Res – two with Greylags in the field with the Percy Pilcher Monument, opposite Stanford Hall, 08.40

10 Feb  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still in same area this morning, off bridleway to Cottesbrooke, by on-site traffic cone marker although distant

Saturday 9th February

09 Feb  Hen Harrier  Finedon – ‘ringtail’ again at Neville’s Lodge, from 16.15

09 Feb  Ring-necked Duck  Pitsford Res – drake still in Pintail Bay, juvenile Great Northern Diver between Pintail Bay and the causeway and adult Caspian Gull between Pintail Bay and the sailing club

09 Feb  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still in same area today, on bridleway to Cottesbrooke, by on-site traffic cone marker also at least 2 Corn Buntings

09 Feb  Great Egret  Thrapston GP – two still this afternoon

09 Feb  Great Egret  Pitsford Res – at least one still in Scaldwell Bay, 14.25, also Redshank and 2 Stonechats

09 Feb  Crossbill  Irchester CP – two (one male) in pines close to playground area and drinking at nearby small pond early afternoon

09 Feb  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – at least one still this morning, also 7 Dunlin

09 Feb  Ring-necked Duck  Pitsford Res – drake still in Pintail Bay this morning

09 Feb  Hen Harrier  Stanford Res – juvenile still, over Downtown Wood, behind Blowers Lodge Bay, 09.05

09 Feb  Great Egret  Stanford Res – one this morning

Friday 8th February

08 Feb  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – two this afternoon

08 Feb  Hen Harrier  Stanford Res – juvenile again this morning, also drake Pintail and Great Egret

08 Feb  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still in same area, on bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 08.30, by on-site traffic cone marker also Corn Bunting

Thursday 7th February

07 Feb  Ring-necked Duck  Pitsford Res – drake still, in small bay east of Pintail Bay this afternoon, 14.00, also several Red-crested Pochards and two juvenile Great Northern Divers, still

07 Feb  Merlin  Yardley Chase – one between here and Easton Maudit

07 Feb  Pink-footed Goose  Thrapston GP – one on Aldincle Lake this morning, also adult White-fronted Goose and 4 Great Egrets

07 Feb  Pink-footed Goose  Stanford Res – two over the dam with Greylags, 09.50, also Great Egret and Green Sandpiper

07 Feb  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still in same area, on bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 08.30, by on-site traffic cone marker also Corn Bunting

Wednesday 6th February

06 Feb  Short-eared Owl  Finedon – one at Neville’s Lodge, 17.00

06 Feb  Great Egret  Ditchford GP – one still on Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows today

06 Feb  Ring-necked Duck  Pitsford Res – drake still, in small bay east of Pintail Bay this afternoon, also two juvenile Great Northern Divers, still

06 Feb  Great Egret  Earls Barton GP – one on Mary’s Lake this afternoon

06 Feb  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still in same area, on bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 14.00, by on-site traffic cone marker

06 Feb  Hen Harrier  Stanford Res – juvenile again, over Keepers Lodge Bay, 13.20, also 2 Great Egrets

06 Feb  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – three this morning

06 Feb  Great Egret  Thrapston GP – two this morning

06 Feb  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still in same area, on bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 09.00, by on-site traffic cone marker also Merlin and 2 Corn Buntings

Tuesday 5th February

05 Feb  Glaucous Gull  Stanford Res – a second-winter late afternoon, also 2 Pink-footed Geese still and Great Egret

05 Feb  Whooper Swan  Thrapston GP – first-winter still on Town Lake this afternoon

05 Feb  Ring-necked Duck  Pitsford Res – drake still in Pintail Bay this afternoon, also two juvenile Great Northern Divers, still, near the dam

05 Feb  Pink-footed Goose  Thrapston GP – three still, early afternoon, also 4-5 Great Egrets

05 Feb  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still in same area, on bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 12.00, by on-site traffic cone marker also Corn Bunting

05 Feb  Ring-necked Duck  Earls Barton GP – drake on Mary’s Lake, 09.45, also 2 Great Egrets

Monday 4th February

04 Feb  Ring-necked Duck  Pitsford Res – drake still today, also 2 juvenile Great Northern Divers still

04 Feb  Caspian Gull  Boddington Res – two (adult and third-winter) in roost late afternoon before flying north

04 Feb  Short-eared Owl  Finedon – two at Neville’s Lodge, 16.45-17.20

04 Feb  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – one in Pintail Bay this afternoon, also 4 Red-crested Pochards

04 Feb  Hen Harrier  Stanford Res – juvenile again, over the feeding station

04 Feb  Pink-footed Goose  Stanford Res – two, early afternoon, also 2 Great Egrets

04 Feb  Whooper Swan  Thrapston GP – first-winter again, on Town Lake, this morning

04 Feb  Jack Snipe  Desborough AF – one this morning

04 Feb  Great Egret  Stanford Res – one, 09.15

04 Feb  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still in same area, on bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 08.00, by on-site traffic cone marker also Merlin and several Corn Buntings

Sunday 3rd February

03 Feb  Hen Harrier  Finedon – ‘ringtail’ again at Neville’s Lodge, 17.10, also at least 2 Short-eared Owls

03 Feb  Merlin  Chipping Warden – a female/immature flew north-west near Rectory Farm, 15.45

03 Feb  Smew  Thrapston GP – a drake at the southern end of Aldwincle Lake, 14.50, also 2 Pink-footed Gees and 2-3 Great Egrets

03 Feb  Great Egret  Ditchford GP – one on IL&M LNR still

03 Feb  Ring-necked Duck  Pitsford Res – drake still in Pintail Bay this afternoon, also 4 Red-crested Pochards at least one juvenile Great Northern Diver and adult Yellow-legged Gull

03 Feb  Great Egret  Stanford Res – two, 14.15

03 Feb  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still in same area, on bridleway to Cottesbrooke 12.05, by on-site traffic cone marker also male Merlin and Corn Bunting

03 Feb  Pink-footed Goose  Stanford Res – two, 10.40, also Great Egret

03 Feb  Ring-necked Duck  Pitsford Res – drake still this morning, also at least one juvenile Great Northern Diver

03 Feb  Bittern  Thrapston GP – one still at the northern end of Aldwincle Lake, on the ice to the left of North Hide, visible from the iron bridge, 09.00

03 Feb  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – three still this morning

03 Feb  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still in same area, on bridleway to Cottesbrooke this morning, by on-site traffic cone marker 

Saturday 2nd February

02 Feb  Great Egret  Pitsford Res – four north of the causeway this afternoon

02 Feb  Hen Harrier  Finedon – ‘ringtail’ again at Neville’s Lodge, 17.00

02 Feb  White-fronted Goose  Thrapston GP – adult on main lake at dusk

02 Feb  Great Egret  Ravensthorpe Res – one still, 16.00, also Green Sandpiper

02 Feb  Great Egret  Hanging Houghton – one flew west over bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 15.30

02 Feb  Bittern  Thrapston GP – one still in reeds at the northern end of Aldwincle Lake, 15.00, also 3 Pink-footed Geese still

02 Feb  Great Egret  Earls Barton GP – two still on Mary’s Lake, 14.30

02 Feb  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still in same area, on bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 13.50, by on-site traffic cone marker 

02 Feb  Great Egret  Thrapston GP – four this morning, also at least one Pink-footed Goose still on Elinor Trout Lake

02 Feb  Great Egret  Thorpe Malsor Res – one along the north bank, 11.35

02 Feb  Caspian Gull  Hollowell Res – a second-winter still, 11.00, also Great Egret, 2 Common Snipe, adult Yellow-legged Gull and 3 Stonechats

02 Feb  Ring-necked Duck  Pitsford Res – drake still in Pintail Bay this morning, also 6 Red-crested Pochards in Catwalk Bay and 2 juvenile Great Northern Divers, still, off The Holly Tree

02 Feb  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still in same area, on bridleway to Cottesbrooke this morning, by on-site traffic cone marker  also Merlin

02 Feb  Whooper Swan  Stanford Res – five flew south, 08.05

Friday 1st February

01 Feb  Hen Harrier  Hanging Houghton – a ‘ringtail’ on bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 16.00, by on-site traffic cone marker 

01 Feb  Bittern  Thrapston GP – one still in reeds at the northern end of Aldwincle Lake, viewed distantly from Kirby Hide, 15.20

01 Feb  Merlin  Ravensthorpe Res – one over nearby field, 14.30

01 Feb  Pink-footed Goose  Thrapston GP – three with Greylags by Elinor Trout Lake, this afternoon (not Tundra Bean Geese as previously reported)

01 Feb  Bittern  Thrapston GP – one showing well from North Hide on Aldwincle Lake, 12.15, also 3 Great Egrets

01 Feb  Great Egret  Stanford Res – two, 11.30

01 Feb  Tundra Bean Goose  Thrapston GP – two still with Greylags on Elinor Trout Lake, 11.25, also Pink-footed Goose still

01 Feb  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still in same area, on bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 08.05, by on-site traffic cone marker  also several Corn Buntings

Thursday 31st January

31 Jan  Short-eared Owl  Finedon – two again at Neville’s Lodge, hunting around crop fields from 16.35

31 Jan  Tundra Bean Goose  Thrapston GP – two with Greylags on west side of Elinor Trout Lake, 15.35, also White-fronted Goose and Pink-footed Goose still

31 Jan  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still in same area, on bridleway to Cottesbrooke, mid-afternoon, by on-site traffic cone marker  also several Corn Buntings

31 Jan  Red-crested Pochard  Ditchford GP – two (one drake) on IL&M Dragonfly Lake, 14.30

31 Jan  Great Egret  Stanford Res – one, early afternoon

31 Jan  White-fronted Goose  Thrapston GP – one and a Pink-footed Goose with Greylags on west side of Elinor Trout Lake, early afternoon

31 Jan  Ring-necked Duck  Pitsford Res – drake still in Pintail Bay, 11.25, also 6 Great Egrets north of the causeway

Wednesday 30th January

30 Jan  Short-eared Owl  Finedon – one north of Neville’s Lodge, 15.25

30 Jan  Great Egret  Pitsford Res – at least two still north of the causeway today

30 Jan  Waxwing  Desborough – one at The Plens NR, 14.30, before flying north-west toward housing estate

30 Jan  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR/Earls Barton GP – three still this afternoon, mobile between the main lake and adjacent Mary’s Lake

30 Jan  Great Egret  Stanford Res – one, early afternoon, also Tufted Duck x Pochard hybrid

30 Jan  Great Egret  Ravensthorpe Res – one this morning

30 Jan  Ring-necked Duck  Pitsford Res – drake again in Pintail Bay this morning

30 Jan  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still in same area, on bridleway to Cottesbrooke, late afternoon, by on-site traffic cone marker  also Merlin, 8 Golden Plovers and 2 Corn Buntings

Tuesday 29th January

29 Jan  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – at least 3 today, also c.200 Golden Plovers and one Common Snipe

29 Jan  Short-eared Owl  Finedon – two at Neville’s Lodge, 16.15 but no sign of ‘ringtail’ Hen Harrier

29 Jan  Nordic Jackdaw  Stanwick GP – one around the main lake this afternoon

29 Jan  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – two south of the causeway, in The Narrows near buoy ‘Y’, 11.00-11.30, also 13 Red-crested Pochards (8 drakes) and 3 Great Egrets

29 Jan  Great Egret  Ditchford GP – two today

29 Jan  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still in same area, on bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 15.00, by on-site traffic cone marker 

29 Jan  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still in same area, on bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 11.50, by on-site traffic cone marker 

Monday 28th January

28 Jan  Hen Harrier  Finedon – ‘ringtail’ again at Neville’s Lodge, 16.50 to 17.00, also Short-eared Owl

28 Jan  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still in same area, on bridleway to Cottesbrooke, late afternoon, by on-site traffic cone marker  also 2 Corn Buntings

28 Jan  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still in same area, on bridleway to Cottesbrooke 15.00, by on-site traffic cone marker 

28 Jan  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – two south of the causeway this afternoon, also 10 Red-crested Pochards, 4-5 Great Egrets, 2 Jack Snipe, 37 Common Snipe and Stonechat

28 Jan  Great Egret  Earls Barton GP – two on Mary’s Lake this morning

28 Jan  Whooper Swan  Thrapston GP – first-winter still today, also 2 Great Egrets

28 Jan  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – one still, in Pintail Bay, 10.20

28 Jan  Great Egret  Pitsford Res – two in Walgrave Bay, also 13 Red-crested Pochards and Green Sandpiper

28 Jan  Glaucous Gull  Pitsford Res – juvenile flew west, 08.40

28 Jan  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still in same area, on bridleway to Cottesbrooke this morning, by on-site traffic cone marker 

Sunday 27th January

27 Jan  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – two juveniles still, off  the Sailing Club 17.00, also first-winter drake Scaup and third-winter Yellow-legged Gull

27 Jan  Hen Harrier  Finedon – ‘ringtail’ again at Neville’s Lodge, 16.40 to 17.00

27 Jan  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still in same area, on bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 14.00, by on-site traffic cone marker 

27 Jan  Ring-necked Duck  Pitsford Res – drake again in Pintail Bay, 13.30  to 14.45

27 Jan  Whooper Swan  Thrapston GP – first-winter still this morning, also 6 Great Egrets

27 Jan  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – two, 11.20

27 Jan  Hen Harrier  Stanford Res – juvenile again, 10.25, over wood and disused railway track on southern side – best looked for south of green barns along Cold Ashby Road

27 Jan  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still in same area, on bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 08.35, by on-site traffic cone marker  also 2 Corn Buntings

Saturday 26th January

26 Jan  Short-eared Owl  Finedon – three at Neville’s Lodge, 16.45-17.00

26 Jan  Hen Harrier  Finedon – ‘ringtail’ again at Neville’s Lodge, photographed, 16.15

26 Jan  Great Egret  Earls Barton GP – two on Mary’s Lake this afternoon

26 Jan  Great Egret  Ditchford GP – two flew west over Wilson’s Pits 16.00

26 Jan  Great Egret  Thrapston GP – four on Heronry Lake this afternoon

26 Jan  Ring-necked Duck  Pitsford Res – drake in Scaldwell Bay, 12.30, also first-winter Scaup, c.17 Red-crested Pochards and 3 Great Egrets

26 Jan  Corn Bunting  Hanging Houghton – four on bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 12.10, by on-site traffic cone marker  but no further sign of Great Grey Shrike this afternoon

26 Jan  Jack Snipe  Northampton – two at Barnes Meadow LNR this morning

26 Jan  Waxwing  Staverton – six flew over this morning

26 Jan  Ring-necked Duck  Pitsford Res – drake still in Pintail Bay, 09.35 but not subsequently, also 2 Great Northern Divers still in The Narrows, plus adult Yellow-legged Gull, 10.45

26 Jan  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still in same area, on bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 09.15, by on-site traffic cone marker  also Corn Bunting

26 Jan  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still in same area, in hedge 100 m north of bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 08.00, by on-site traffic cone marker 

Friday 25th January

25 Jan  Lapland Bunting  Hanging Houghton – still, late afternoon, in flight and calling, with Skylarks off bridleway to Cottesbrooke, in area of on-site traffic cone marker  also Great Grey Shrike still

⊗ 25 Jan  Waxwing  Northampton – no further sign of the one in Hardwick Road, East Hunsbury, to 15.45

25 Jan  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still in same area, on bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 15.15, by on-site traffic cone marker  also at least one Corn Bunting

25 Jan  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still in same area, on bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 13.30, by on-site traffic cone marker 

25 Jan  Waxwing  Northampton – one in Hardwick Road, East Hunsbury, 12.35, then flew south

25 Jan  Caspian Gull  Hollowell Res – two (first-winter and second-winter), 11.00, also 2 Peregrines, 3 Common Snipe, adult Yellow-legged Gull and 3 Stonechats

25 Jan  Scaup  Ditchford GP – first-winter female or hybrid still on Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows LNR, Dragonfly Lake

25 Jan  Whooper Swan  Thrapston GP – first-winter still this morning, also 5 Great Egrets

25 Jan  Lapland Bunting  Hanging Houghton – again this morning, 10.35, in stubble field off bridleway to Cottesbrooke, in area of on-site  traffic cone marker  also Great Grey Shrike still

25 Jan  Great Egret  Stanford Res – one still, in Keepers Lodge Bay, 09.30

25 Jan  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still in same area, on bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 08.45, by on-site traffic cone marker  also 2 Corn Buntings

Thursday 24th January

24 Jan  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – one this afternoon

24 Jan  Lapland Bunting  Hanging Houghton – again with Skylarks, on bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 16.00, in area of on-site  traffic cone marker 

24 Jan  Pink-footed Goose  Stanford Res – two again, in front of the hide and viewable from the dam, 13.25, also Great White Egret

24 Jan  Great Egret  Pitsford Res – two north of the causeway, 12.40, also 4 Red-crested Pochards

24 Jan  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still in same area, in hedgerow 500 m north of traffic cone marker  on bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 12.30

24 Jan  Whooper Swan  Thrapston GP – first-winter still on Elinor Trout Lake, 11.30, also drake Pintail and 3 Great Egrets

24 Jan  Ring-necked Duck  Pitsford Res – drake still this morning, south of the causeway, just east of Pintail Bay, also 19 Red-crested Pochards 300 m south of causeway car park and  2 Great Northern Divers off The Gorse Bushes

24 Jan  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still in same area, on bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 08.45, by on-site traffic cone marker  also Merlin and several Corn Buntings

Wednesday 23rd January

23 Jan  Great Egret  Stanford Res – one still, late afternoon

23 Jan  Great Egret  Ditchford GP – two on Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows LNR this afternoon

23 Jan  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still in same area, on bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 14.50, by on-site  traffic cone marker  also 2+ Corn Buntings but no further reports of Lapland Bunting

23 Jan  Merlin  Hanging Houghton – one, 12.20, on bridleway to Cottesbrooke; no further sign of Great Grey Shrike, Lapland or Corn Buntings

23 Jan  Lapland Bunting  Hanging Houghton – again in flight, on bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 11.05, by on-site  traffic cone marker 

23 Jan  Lapland Bunting  Hanging Houghton – one with Skylark flock in same area as Great Grey Shrike, on bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 10.35, by on-site  traffic cone marker 

23 Jan  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still in same area, on bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 10.05, by on-site  traffic cone marker  also 2 Corn Buntings

23 Jan  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still in same area, on bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 09.20, by on-site  traffic cone marker  also Corn Bunting

Tuesday 22nd January

22 Jan  Great Egret  Stanford Res – one still, late afternoon

22 Jan  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still in same area, on bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 16.20, by on-site traffic cone marker

22 Jan  Hen Harrier  Finedon – ‘ringtail’ again at Neville’s Lodge this afternoon

22 Jan  Great Egret  Ditchford GP – one on Wilson’s Pits, 14.40

22 Jan  Short-eared Owl  Harrington AF – two over ‘rough area’, early afternoon

22 Jan  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still in same area, around millet field on bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 13.40, by on-site traffic cone marker

22 Jan  Great Egret  Ditchford GP – two west of Ditchford Lane, late morning, also Jack Snipe

22 Jan  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still on hedge overlooking weedy field on bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 11.00, by on-site traffic cone marker

22 Jan  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – still on hedge overlooking weedy field on bridleway to Cottesbrooke, 10.20, ‘by a traffic cone’

22 Jan  Great Egret  Ditchford GP – one west of Ditchford Lane, 09.15

22 Jan  Great Grey Shrike  Hanging Houghton – one on a hedge overlooking a weedy field on road to Cottesbrooke 09.10; no specific directions currently available

⊗ 22 Jan  Ring-necked Duck  Earls Barton GP – no sign of drake on Grendon Lake to 09.00; drake Tufted Duck x Pochard hybrid from nearby Summer Leys present with mixed Tufted Duck and Pochard flock

Monday 21st January

21 Jan  Hen Harrier  Stanford Res – juvenile still late afternoon, south of green barns along Cold Ashby Road

21 Jan  Short-eared Owl  Finedon – two at Neville’s Lodge, 16.30

21 Jan  Hen Harrier  Stanford Res – juvenile again, 12.30, over fields behind wood along Cold Ashby Road, heading towards Park Farm

21 Jan  Scaup  Ditchford GP – first-winter female or hybrid still on Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows LNR, Dragonfly Lake, 11.30

21 Jan  Ring-necked Duck  Earls Barton GP – drake on Grendon Lake, 09.55

Sunday 20th January

20 Jan  Ring-necked Duck  Pitsford Res – drake still today, also 5 Great Egrets

20 Jan  Hen Harrier  Finedon – a ‘ringtail’, possibly juvenile male, at Neville’s Lodge, 16.10-16.35, also Short-eared Owl

20 Jan  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – juvenile still, off The Gorse Bushes, 14.30

20 Jan  Pink-footed Goose  Stanwick GP – one with Greylags at the north-eastern end, 13.55

20 Jan  Hen Harrier  Stanford Res – juvenile again, 12.00, by wood along old rail track

20 Jan  Scaup  Ditchford GP – first-winter female or hybrid still on Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows LNR, Dragonfly Lake this morning, also 2 Red-crested Pochards (Cotton Reel Lake) and  Great Egret

20 Jan  Hen Harrier  Stanford Res – juvenile again this morning, flew across Blowers Lodge Bay toward wind turbines, 10.25, then quartering fields south of the dam 10.45

20 Jan  Caspian Gull  Chacombe – adult again around cattle sheds between the village and the A361

Saturday 19th January

19 Jan  Ring-necked Duck  Pitsford Res – drake still in Walgrave Bay, viewed from Maytrees Hide, 16.30

19 Jan  Scaup  Ditchford GP – first-winter female or hybrid still on Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows LNR, Dragonfly Lake today, also Barnacle Goose, 2 Red-crested Pochards, Great Egret, Redshank and 4 Common Snipe

19 Jan  Great Egret  Earls Barton GP – one on Mary’s Lake, 13.30

19 Jan  Caspian Gull  Hollowell Res – second-winter still, 10.00, also Peregrine, Jack Snipe, 2 Common Snipe and 2 Stonechats

19 Jan  Caspian Gull  Rushton Landfill – adult in field on southern perimeter, 09.35

19 Jan  Whooper Swan  Thrapston GP – first-winter still on Elinor Trout Lake this morning, also 3 Great Egrets on Aldwincle Lake

19 Jan  Hen Harrier  Stanford Res – juvenile again, flew toward wind turbines, 09.10

Friday 18th January

18 Jan  Siberian Chiffchaff  Stanwick GP – a ‘probable’ with 5 Chiffchaffs just before the open-backed hide at the north-east corner of the main lake, 14.45

18 Jan  Scaup  Ditchford GP – first-winter female or hybrid still on Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows LNR at the eastern end of Dragonfly Lake, 14.30

18 Jan  Whooper Swan  Thrapston GP – first-winter still on Elinor Trout Lake this morning, also drake Pintail and 3-4 Great Egrets on Aldwincle Lake

Thursday 17th January

17 Jan  Short-eared Owl  Finedon – one again briefly at Neville’s Lodge, late afternoon

17 Jan  Iceland Gull  Stanford Res – a second-winter on the reservoir, 16.35

17 Jan  Pink-footed Goose  Stanwick GP – one still, on A45 Lay-by Pit, late afternoon

17 Jan  Glaucous Gull  Stanford Res – a second-winter on the reservoir, 15.30

17 Jan  Whooper Swan  Thrapston GP – first-winter still on Elinor Trout Lake this afternoon, also drake Pintail and 3 Great Egrets

17 Jan  Great Egret  Earls Barton GP – one on Mary’s Lake, 13.30

17 Jan  Hen Harrier  Stanford Res – juvenile again, over setaside field then over feeders, 13.15

17 Jan  Great Egret  Pitsford Res – three still north of the causeway 11.15, also 8 Red-crested Pochards

⊗ 17 Jan  Waxwing  Kettering – no sign this morning of yesterday’s three reported in St Mary’s Road, opposite Linden Medical Centre NN15 7NX

17 Jan  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – one still, off The Gorse Bushes, 08.55

Wednesday 16th January

16 Jan  Merlin  Badby – female/immature just west of A361, from the single track road to Lower Catesby, 16.25

16 Jan  Waxwing  Kettering – three reported in St Mary’s Road, late afternoon, feeding on berries opposite Linden Medical Centre NN15 7NX

16 Jan  Great Egret  Stanwick GP – two on North Lake this afternoon, also Stonechat

16 Jan  Hen Harrier  Stanford Res – juvenile again, south of reservoir, 15.30, viewed from track leading to Park Farm

16 Jan  Glaucous Gull  Stanford Res – juvenile again on reservoir, 15.30, also 2 White-fronted Geese

16 Jan  Great Egret  Thrapston GP – four still this afternoon

16 Jan  Ring-necked Duck  Pitsford Res – drake still, 11.15, also 2 Great Egrets

16 Jan  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – two still, together off the sailing club, 07.45

Tuesday 15th January

15 Jan  Jack Snipe  Barnes Meadow LNR – five, 15.40

15 Jan  White-fronted Goose  Stanford Res – two with Greylags on the dam, 13.50

15 Jan  Caspian Gull  Hollowell Res – second-winter again this morning, also 2 Stonechats

15 Jan  Ring-necked Duck  Pitsford Res – drake still in Walgrave Bay, 11.55, also 10 Red-crested Pochards and 4 Great Egrets

15 Jan  Great Egret  Thrapston GP – at least 4 this morning, 11.35

15 Jan  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – one still, just east of The Gorse Bushes, 11.10

15 Jan  Great Egret  Stanwick GP – two flew east, 10.00

Monday 14th January

14 Jan  Short-eared Owl  Finedon – one again briefly at Neville’s Lodge, 16.15

14 Jan  Pink-footed Goose  Stanwick GP – one again this afternoon

14 Jan  Great Egret  Stanford Res – one on the dam, early afternoon

14 Jan  Ring-necked Duck  Pitsford Res – drake still in Walgrave Bay, 12.00, also 8+ Red-crested Pochards and 3 Great Egrets

14 Jan  Pink-footed Goose  Stanford Res – two on the dam, 11.40

14 Jan  Whooper Swan  Thrapston GP – first-winter still on Elinor Trout Lake this morning, also drake Pintail, 2 Great Egrets and Stonechat

Sunday 13th January

13 Jan  Hen Harrier  Finedon – second-winter male again at Neville’s Lodge, 15.55 to 16.25

13 Jan  Short-eared Owl  Finedon – one again briefly at Neville’s Lodge, 15.30

13 Jan  Ring-necked Duck  Pitsford Res – drake off point between Scaldwell Bay and Walgrave Bay, 13.50, also drake Pintail, 12 Red-crested Pochards, 3 Great Egrets, Redshank and 2 Stonechats

13 Jan  Ring-necked Duck  Summer Leys LNR – drake still on the main lake, 13.30

13 Jan  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – one still between The Gorse Bushes and Pintail Bay

13 Jan  Whooper Swan  Thrapston GP – first-winter still, on small pool at southern end of Elinor Trout Lake this morning, also 2-3 Great Egrets

13 Jan  Ring-necked Duck  Pitsford Res – drake still in the mouth of Walgrave Bay, 09.50, also 2 Great Egrets

13 Jan  Great Egret  Stanford Res – at least one still, 09.30

13 Jan  Ring-necked Duck  Summer Leys LNR – drake still on the main lake, viewable from Rotary Hide this morning

Saturday 12th January

12 Jan  Hen Harrier  Finedon – second-winter male from nearby Stanwick GP north of Neville’s Lodge, 15.45 and again 16.05, also 2 Short-eared Owls

12 Jan  Hen Harrier  Stanwick GP – second-winter male again at northern end, late afternoon before flying north-east

12 Jan  Glaucous Gull  Stanford Res – a juvenile on the water at 11.30

12 Jan  Smew  Stanwick GP – a drake on the north side of the A45 Lay-by Pit, 10.45

12 Jan  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – one on the main lake, 10.30, also Ruff on ‘Cormorant Point’, drake Tufted Duck x Pochard hybrid still but no sign of drake Ring-necked Duck

Friday 11th January

11 Jan  Short-eared Owl  Finedon – one still at Neville’s Lodge, 16.00

11 Jan  Ring-necked Duck  Summer Leys LNR – a drake on the main lake, viewable from Rotary Hide, present until 15.35 at least, also drake Tufted Duck x Pochard hybrid (not Scaup as previously reported) and 2 Great Egrets

11 Jan  Caspian Gull  Hollowell Res – adult and second-winter, 15.00, also Jack Snipe, adult Yellow-legged Gull and 3 Stonechats

11 Jan  Caspian Gull  Rushton Landfill – second-winter, 14.15

11 Jan  Great Egret  Stanford Res – one still late morning

Thursday 10th January

10 Jan  Crossbill  Yardley Chase – two flew over today

10 Jan  Hen Harrier  Stanwick GP – second-winter male again below farm buildings at the north-eastern end, 15.20 and again 15.35

10 Jan  Caspian Gull  Hollowell Res – adult and second-winter this afternoon, also adult Yellow-legged Gull still

10 Jan  Great Egret  Earls Barton GP – one on Mary’s Lake, 13.45

10 Jan  Scaup  Ditchford GP – first-winter female or hybrid still on Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows LNR (Dragonfly Lake) and Great Egret on Wilson’s Pits

10 Jan  Scaup  Summer Leys LNR – drake on main lake this morning

10 Jan  Whooper Swan  Thrapston GP – first-winter still on Elinor Trout Lake this morning, also 4 Great Egrets

Wednesday 9th January

09 Jan  Merlin  Warmington – female between Warmington and Oundle this afternoon

09 Jan  Short-eared Owl  Finedon – two/three on the west side of the rough ground below Neville’s Lodge this afternoon

09 Jan  Hen Harrier  Stanwick GP – second-winter male again below farm buildings at the north-eastern end, 15.05

09 Jan  Great Egret  Stanwick GP – one still this afternoon

09 Jan  Caspian Gull  Hollowell Res – adult, 13.00, also adult Yellow-legged Gull

09 Jan  Scaup  Ditchford GP – first-winter female or hybrid still on Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows LNR (Dragonfly Lake) and Great Egret on Otter Lake this morning

09 Jan  Great Egret  Thrapston GP – at least four still this morning

09 Jan  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – one still, off Pintail Bay, viewable at long range from the dam, 10.05

09 Jan  Whooper Swan  Thrapston GP – first-winter still on Elinor Trout Lake this morning, also 2 Great Egrets

Tuesday 8th January

08 Jan  Great Egret  Stanford Res – one still this afternoon

08 Jan  Great Egret  Thrapston GP – one on Heronry Lake this afternoon

08 Jan  Ring-necked Duck  Pitsford Res – drake still in mouth of Walgrave Bay this afternoon, also 13 Red-crested Pochards, 2 Great Northern Divers near the dam, Redshank south of the causeway and 2 Stonechats.

08 Jan  Hen Harrier  Stanwick GP – second-winter male again below farm buildings at the north-eastern end, 15.35

08 Jan  Ring-necked Duck  Pitsford Res – drake still, in mouth of Walgrave Bay, 13.45, also 2 Great Northern Divers south of the causeway around The Narrows/Pintail Bay

Monday 7th January

07 Jan  Great Egret  Ravensthorpe Res – one still today

07 Jan  Hen Harrier  Stanwick GP – second-winter male again at northern end, 16.13

07 Jan  Scaup  Ditchford GP – first-winter female or hybrid still on Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows LNR this morning, also Great Egret on Wilson’s Pits’ Second Lake, north-east of Rushden Lakes Shopping Complex, visible from A45

07 Jan  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – one still, off The Gorse Bushes, 1 km south of the causeway, 10.50, also 5 Great Egrets north of the causeway, 11.30

Sunday 6th January

06 Jan  Hen Harrier  Stanwick GP – second-winter male again at northern end, 15.15 to 15.50 at least

06 Jan  Caspian Gull  Boddington Res – adult in gull roost, 15.45, also first-winter Yellow-legged Gull; adult Yellow-legged Gull at nearby Chacombe cattle sheds, west of the village along Banbury Road, 15.00

06 Jan  Hen Harrier  Stanford Res – juvenile quartering fallow strip near disused railway line, 14.20

06 Jan  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – one in Wader Bay, 14.10, also 250-300 Golden Plovers

06 Jan  Caspian Gull  Hollowell Res – second-winter, 12.50, also 2 Green Sandpipers; drake Wigeon x Gadwall hybrid still at nearby Ravensthorpe Res

06 Jan  Great Egret  Stanwick GP – one on North Lake, 12.20

06 Jan  Red-crested Pochard  Ringstead GP – two females on Kinewell Lake this morning

06 Jan  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – one flew across the main lake, 11.50

06 Jan  Great Egret  Thrapston GP – four still on Aldwincle Lake late morning

06 Jan  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – two still, off Grange Farm, past Pintail Bay, 10.00, also 2 Great Egrets still north of the causeway

Saturday 5th January

05 Jan  Hen Harrier  Stanwick GP – second-winter male again at northern end, 16.03

05 Jan  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – one, south of the causeway near Stone Barn Bay, 10.55, also 11+ Red-crested Pochards and 2 Great Egrets

05 Jan  Caspian Gull  Hollowell Res – adult, 10.30, also 2 Common Snipe, adult Yellow-legged Gull and 3 Stonechats; drake Wigeon x Gadwall hybrid still at nearby Ravensthorpe Res

05 Jan  Great Egret  Stanford Res – at least one still this morning

Friday 4th January

04 Jan  Short-eared Owl  Finedon – two hunting over large field with scrubby pond, south-east of barns at Neville’s Lodge, 16.10

04 Jan  Hen Harrier  Stanwick GP – second-winter male again at northern end, 16.05

04 Jan  Red-crested Pochard  Ringstead GP – female on Kinewell Lake this afternoon

04 Jan  Ring-necked Duck  Pitsford Res – drake still, in Holcot Bay, early afternoon

04 Jan  Caspian Gull  Rushton Landfill – first-winter, 11.55

04 Jan  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – one still in the small bay east of Pintail Bay this morning

04 Jan  Great Egret  Thrapston GP – at least four, possibly 5, this morning, also first-winter Whooper Swan still

04 Jan  Pink-footed Goose  Stanwick GP – one this morning, also Barnacle Goose, Great Egret and Green Sandpiper

Thursday 3rd January

03 Jan  Great Egret  Ditchford GP – one, mobile west of Ditchford Lane today

03 Jan  Ring-necked Duck  Pitsford Res – drake still this afternoon

03 Jan  Hen Harrier  Stanwick GP – second-winter male again at northern end, 13.30

03 Jan  Great Egret  Thrapston GP – four on Aldwincle Lake this afternoon

03 Jan  Hen Harrier  Stanwick GP – second-winter male flew over Visitor Centre Lake, 12.42

03 Jan  ‘Nordic’ Jackdaw  Daventry CP – one on the foreshore at the southern end, briefly at 11.35, also 4 Green Sandpipers

03 Jan  Great Egret  Thrapston GP – three still on Aldwincle Lake this morning

Wednesday 2nd January

02 Jan  Hen Harrier  Stanwick GP – second-winter male flew north, 16.15, also 7 Common Snipe there

02 Jan  Ring-necked Duck  Pitsford Res – still around the mouth of Walgrave Bay, 10.50, also 14 Red-crested Pochards

02 Jan  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – two reported by Pintail Bay this morning, also 11 Red-crested Pochards and up to 5 Great Egrets north of the causeway

02 Jan  Scaup  Ditchford GP – first-winter female or hybrid still on Dragonfly Lake (Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows LNR) this morning

02 Jan  Great Egret  Stanford Res – at least one still this morning

02 Jan  Whooper Swan  Thrapston GP – first-winter Whooper Swan still, 09.55, also 2 Great Egrets

02 Jan  Hen Harrier  Ditchford GP – male flew north over Dragonfly Lake (Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows LNR) toward Stanwick GP, 09.40, also Great Egret

02 Jan  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – one still, off Yacht Bay, 08.10

Tuesday 1st January

01 Jan  Hen Harrier  Stanford Res – juvenile over the feeding station in Blowers Lodge Bay again today, also Red-crested Pochard and Great Egret

01 Jan  Great Egret  Summer Leys LNR – three from the feeding station, 12.30, also 300 Golden Plovers there this morning

01 Jan  Great Egret  Thrapston GP – three on Aldwincle Lake this morning

01 Jan  Ring-necked Duck  Pitsford Res – drake still, Walgrave Bay, 11.00, also 14 Red-crested Pochards in Scaldwell Bay and 4 Great Egrets in total north of the causeway

01 Jan  Jack Snipe  Hollowell Res – one, 10.30, also adult Yellow-legged Gull and 4 Stonechats

01 Jan  Woodlark  Woodford – one briefly near round barrows on farmland between Woodford and the Addingtons, 10.20, before flying north and out of sight

01 Jan  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – one still, in small bay approximately 400 m east of Pintail Bay, 09.15

01 Jan  Hen Harrier  Stanwick GP – second-winter male around farm buildings at far north-eastern end, 08.55, also Barnacle Goose, Pintail, Green Sandpiper and Short-eared/Long-eared Owl at Main Lake

01 Jan  Ring-necked Duck  Pitsford Res – drake still, between Maytrees Hide and Walgrave Bay 08.50, also 9 Red-crested Pochards and 3 Great Egrets

 

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    50+linnets pitsford res today at 12.near first hide

  3. michael hedge says:

    spotted the linnets along waters edge

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  5. Andy Witcomb says:

    Sole waxwing seen yesterday in Badby by allotment, watched for 20 minutes, no more about.

  6. Sarah Ansell says:

    Hi is this the right place to report birds? I’ve only just found you! I live in West Hunsbury, Northampton near the Shelfley lake off Ladybridge Drive. Very excited today as for the first time we have a flock of fieldfares in the Close. We feed a lot of birds in our garden so hopefully they will stick around. But also I walked round the lake this morning and spotted the single heron we have. Then I saw what looked like a black heron. I was a little way away from it so my details might not be quite right and my camera phone is useless. It was a bit smaller than a normal heron, completely black as far as I could see, long bill curved a bit at the end and the tail was quite fanned out. When I got home I looked for it and the only two things which resembled it were a shag and a cormorant. It looked more like the shag tbh but it would be as far away from the coast as you could get! Any thoughts? Many thanks, Sarah PS I will try to get a photo next time I go down if it’s still there.

    • Mike Alibone says:

      Sarah, Thanks for the report. It will almost certainly be a Cormorant – they are common in Northants and breed at several localities. Shag is not impossible, though, as there was one on Abington Park Lake a couple of winters ago. If you would like to report sightings then please email me at northantsbirds@ntlworld.com Thanks!

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  8. Mandy says:

    Mike – could the injured Ruddy Shelduck not be rescued and treated, e.g. by RSPCA?

  9. COLIN TURVEY says:

    20/01/2017 c20 Waxwing Park area back of Woodside Avenue.( North of Northampton College) Flew off over A43 towards woodland between Holmecross Road and Heather Lane.

    I hope this is the right place to send a report in.

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