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This news page aims to provide up to date news of all interesting and uncommon birds as, and when, they occur in Northamptonshire. I will endeavour to update this page regularly but I do not guarantee any specific update frequency. News and information may be received from a variety of sources and it is published in good faith.

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Latest update:  Sunday 24th January 2021 10.10

TOday

24 Jan  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – four at North Lake, 09.35

⊗ 24 Jan  Pink-footed Goose  Upton CP – no sign of any here or at adjacent Kislingbury GP this morning

SATURday 23rd January

23 Jan  Crossbill  Salcey Forest – two flew over the north-east corner, near Piddington Lodge, this afternoon

23 Jan  Pink-footed Goose  Upton CP – one with Barnacle Goose, east of Upton Valley Way road bridge, then flew west toward Kislingbury, 15.40 (no further sign of the original 3)

23 Jan  Pink-footed Goose  Upton CP – the 3 from nearby Kislingbury GP relocated in fields by A45 / Upton Valley Way junction, 15.05

23 Jan  Ruddy Shelduck  Hollowell Res – female still, 14.40, also Great Egret

23 Jan  Merlin  Braunston – female briefly over stubble fields, just north of the village, 14.20 

23 Jan  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – juvenile still, south of the causeway, in Stone Barn Bay, 14.00

⊗ 23 Jan  Greenland White-fronted Goose  Summer Leys LNR – no sign with Greylags this morning

⊗ 23 Jan  Pink-footed Goose  Kislingbury GP – no sign, this morning, of yesterday’s 3 

FRIday 22nd January

22 Jan  Pink-footed Goose  Kislingbury GP – three with Greylags and Canada Geese, 16.30, also female Red-crested Pochard

22 Jan  Pink-footed Goose  Thrapston GP – one still with Greylags on Islip water meadows, just west of sailing club, 16.00

22 Jan  Pink-footed Goose  Thrapston GP – one with Greylags on Islip water meadows, just west of sailing club, 12.50

22 Jan  Crossbill  Hollowell Res – approximately 30 flew east over the dam, 08.35

THURSday, 21st January

21 Jan  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – juvenile still, south of the causeway, approximately 1.5 km from car park this afternoon, also Great Egret and 4 Stonechats north of the causeway

21 Jan  Red-crested Pochard  Kislingbury GP – two (one drake) this morning 

21 Jan  Cattle Egret  Ditchford GP – three at Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows LNR this morning, also 7 Pintails

TUESday, 19th January

19 Jan  Mediterranean Gull  Pitsford Res – adult flew over, 16.10

19 Jan  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – juvenile still, between the sailing club and Pintail Bay, 15.50

19 Jan  White-fronted Goose  Stanwick GP – approximately 30, still, on North Lake this afternoon, also 4 Redshanks on Main Lake

19 Jan  Greenland White-fronted Goose  Summer Leys LNR – one still, with Greylags on the reserve, late morning, also 400 Golden Plovers

19 Jan  Marsh Harrier  Ditchford GP – one at Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows LNR this morning, also Great Egret and 2 Stonechats

MONday, 18th January

18 Jan  Greenland White-fronted Goose  Summer Leys LNR – one still, with c.80 Greylags, by River Nene, north of Wollaston Mill, 52.27318, -0.6927361 at 14.55 (not nominate race as previously reported over the last 2 days); also 4 Great Egrets on the reserve

18 Jan  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – juvenile still, off the gorse bushes, late morning

18 Jan  Bearded Tit  Stortons GP – male still, from the bench on the south-east side of the reedbed, 09.28

SUNday, 17th January

17 Jan  White-fronted Goose  Summer Leys LNR – one still with Greylags, just north of old railway track, beyond loading ramp, 15.10, also 3 Great Egrets

17 Jan  Merlin  Hardwick – male flew south-east, 13.30, south of road, immediately west of village at 52.320981, -0.756041

17 Jan  Bearded Tit  Stortons GP – two (one male) still, from the bench on the south-east side of the reedbed, 10.25, also female Red-crested Pochard on Sixfields Lake

17 Jan  Ruddy Shelduck  Hollowell Res – female still, mid-morning, also Great Egret and 4 Stonechats

17 Jan  White-fronted Goose  Stanwick GP – nineteen flew north-east from Main Lake, early morning 

SATURday, 16th January

16 Jan  Caspian Gull  Hollowell Res – adult this afternoon, also Great Egret and 5 Stonechats

16 Jan  White-fronted Goose  Summer Leys LNR – one with Greylags this afternoon, also 2 Great Egrets and c.25 Golden Plovers

FRIday, 15th January

15 Jan  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – six at the north-eastern end, late afternoon

15 Jan  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – two still at the north-eastern end, also 24 White-fronted Geese still this afternoon

15 Jan  Crossbill  Hollowell Res – nine this morning

WEDNESday, 13th January

13 Jan  Hawfinch  Weldon – female, 12.30

13 Jan  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – five flew north-east, early morning, also c.30 White-fronted Geese still, plus female Ferruginous Duck-type hybrid briefly before flying toward Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows end of Ditchford GP, 3 Great Egrets and 3 Redshanks

13 Jan  Crossbill  Hollowell Res – one, early morning

TUESday, 12th January

12 Jan  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – five still at north end, 13.25

12 Jan  Pink-footed Goose  Hollowell Res – one with Greylags at the feeder stream end, 11.30, also Crossbill

12 Jan  Crossbill  Hollowell Res – nine behind Guilsborough Bay, 08.25  

MONday, 11th January

11 Jan  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – five at north end, by Hogs Dyke, 13.45, also Great Egret

11 Jan  Bearded Tit  Stortons GP – two still, heard in the reedbed this morning, also 2 Red-crested Pochards and Merlin at Sixfields Lake

11 Jan  Merlin  Harrington AF –  one still, 10.10

SUNday, 10th January

10 Jan  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – juvenile still, between the causeway and Catwalk Bay, 12.25

10 Jan  Bearded Tit  Stortons GP – two still, in the north-west section of the reedbed this morning

10 Jan  White-fronted Goose  Stanwick GP – unspecified number at north end, by Hogs Dyke, 11.40

10 Jan  Merlin  Harrington AF –  one, 08.50

SATURday, 9th January

09 Jan  Bearded Tit  Stortons GP – two still, in the reedbed where stream enters lake today

09 Jan  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – five still with sheep by North Lake, 14.45

FRIday, 8th January

⊗ 08 Jan  Woodlark  Aldwincle – no sign of one reported on stubble with Skylarks, east of track from Lowick Road to Elinor Trout Fishery at 52.417800, -0.524700

08 Jan  Jack Snipe  Wicksteed Water Meadows – one this afternoon, also 2 Stonechats

08 Jan  Bearded Tit  Stortons GP – two still, in the reedbed where stream enters lake, 13.00

08 Jan  Crossbill  Harlestone Heath – six, 100 m from entrance on the left hand side this morning 

08 Jan  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – juvenile still, off the sailing club, 11.15

08 Jan  Bearded Tit  Stortons GP – two (one male), in the reedbed where stream enters lake, 09.15

08 Jan  White-fronted Goose  Stanwick GP – thirty-three still, on Main Lake, early morning

08 Jan  Crossbill  Hollowell Res – ten flew south over Guilsborough Bay, 08.15  

THURSday, 7th January

07 Jan  Woodlark  Aldwincle – one reported on stubble with Skylarks, east of track from Lowick Road to Elinor Trout Fishery at 52.417800, -0.524700

07 Jan  Woodlark  Aldwincle – wholly unconfirmed report of one with Skylarks today 

⊗ 07 Jan  Greenland White-fronted Goose  Wicksteed Park, Kettering – no sign of yesterday’s adult with Greylags this morning

07 Jan  White-fronted Goose  Stanwick GP – thirty-three on Main Lake at first light before moving to nearby fields

WEDNESday, 6th January

06 Jan  Greenland White-fronted Goose  Wicksteed Park, Kettering – adult with Greylags this afternoon, not ‘Russian’ White-fronted Goose as previously reported

06 Jan  Bittern  Stortons GP – two flew into the reedbed, one at 16.28, the other at 16.45

06 Jan  Cattle Egret  Earls Barton GP – at least one still on sheep meadows alongside River Nene, north-east of Summer Leys LNR this afternoon, also 2 Great Egrets on the reserve

06 Jan  White-fronted Goose  Wicksteed Park, Kettering – adult with Greylags this afternoon

06 Jan  White-fronted Goose  Stanwick GP – thirty-one still at the north-eastern end, 15.25, also Cattle Egret  

06 Jan  Long-tailed Tit  Ravensthorpe Res – one showing  caudatus-type characteristics (probably caudatus/europaeus intergrade) again between car park and spillway, 14.30

06 Jan  Merlin  Arthingworth – one along Thorpe Road toward Desborough, 11.30

06 Jan  Jack Snipe  Daventry CP – six this morning, also 4 Common Snipes

06 Jan  White-fronted Goose  Stanwick GP – at least 21 still on fields at the north-eastern end this morning, also Cattle Egret in field to south of old railway track

⊗ 06 Jan  Whooper Swan  Clifford Hill GP – no sign, this morning, of yesterday’s seven 

TUESday, 5th January

05 Jan  Whooper Swan  Clifford Hill GP – seven on the Main Barrage Lake, 16.00

05 Jan  Caspian Gull  Boddington Res – first-winter in the gull roost this afternoon, also 3 Mediterranean Gulls (adult and 2 first-winters) and adult Yellow-legged Gull

05 Jan  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – juvenile still, south of the causeway, two thirds of the way to the gorse bushes this afternoon, also drake  Pintail, Redshank and 6 Stonechats

05 Jan  Iceland Gull  Rushton Landfill – third-winter, 12.25-14.00, viewable from roadside gap in hedge on Oakley Road, 30 m north of entrance to windfarm, also 2 Caspian Gulls (first-winter and second-winter) 

05 Jan  Jack Snipe  Ravensthorpe Res – two still in marshy field pool on opposite side of Spratton Road to the dam

05 Jan  Long-tailed Tit  Ravensthorpe Res – one showing  caudatus-type characteristics (probably caudatus/europaeus intergrade) again east of the spillway, 12.10

05 Jan  Cattle Egret  Great Doddington – five still on sheep meadows north of the River Nene, north-east of Wollaston Lock, 11.30, viewable from The Ridge (main road running through the village) 

05 Jan  Red-crested Pochard  Kislingbury GP – female, 09.30

05 Jan  Whooper Swan  Stanford Res – five (2 adults) in Keepers Lodge Bay, 08.30

05 Jan  White-fronted Goose  Stanwick GP – at least 27 still, 08.10, also 6 Pintails and 3 Redshanks

MONday, 4th January

04 Jan  Cattle Egret  Earls Barton GP – five still on sheep meadows alongside River Nene, north-east of Wollaston Lock toward Wellingborough, 16.10

04 Jan  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – juvenile still, south of the causeway, off the gorse bushes, 15.35

04 Jan  Jack Snipe  Daventry CP – fourteen today, also 4 Common Snipes

04 Jan  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – two on Roadside Lake, 15.05

04 Jan  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – juvenile still, showing very well just south of the causeway, past the car park, 13.10, also 2 Stonechats

04 Jan  Cattle Egret  Earls Barton GP – at least one still on sheep meadows, north of Summer Leys LNR, 11.45

04 Jan  Crossbill  Wakerley Great Wood – twenty around the car park toilet block, 11.25

04 Jan  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – juvenile still, showing very well just south of the causeway, off the car park, 11.10

⊗ 04 Jan  Northern Long-tailed Tit  Ravensthorpe Res – no sign to 10.35 of the one showing  caudatus-type characteristics (probably caudatus/europaeus intergrade)

04 Jan  Merlin  Helmdon – female over the tip, 09.35

04 Jan  White-fronted Goose  Stanwick GP – at least 27 this morning (20+ on field north-east of Main Lake, 7 on fields at the north-eastern end of the complex), also 4 Pintails and 4 Great Egrets

SUNday, 3RD January

03 Jan  White-fronted Goose  Laxton – twenty-two flew south-west, 15.35 

03 Jan  Cattle Egret  Earls Barton GP – five still on sheep meadows north of River Nene, c.1 km north-east of Wollaston Lock toward Wellingborough, 14.30

03 Jan  Northern Long-tailed Tit  Ravensthorpe Res – one showing characteristics of the race caudatus with mixed tit flock in the south-east corner, 14.06, then flew down the spillway

03 Jan  Crossbill  Wakerley Great Wood – approximately 20 in larches along track, 200 m south-west of car park, 12.55 

03 Jan  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – juvenile still, south of the causeway, 12.10

03 Jan  Whooper Swan  Pitsford Res – two flew south-west, 11.28, also 2 Red-crested Pochards (one drake) south of the causeway

03 Jan  Whooper Swan  Hollowell Res – the 3 flew off north-west, 11.18

03 Jan  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – four still around Hogs Dyke, 11.10, also Great Egret

03 Jan  Jack Snipe  Ravensthorpe Res – one in ponds adjacent to dam, 10.55

03 Jan  Whooper Swan  Hollowell Res – three around the feeder stream, 10.30 

03 Jan  White-fronted Goose  Stanwick GP – twenty-three on North Lake, 10.50

03 Jan  Whooper Swan  Barton Seagrave – three flew south-west, 09.30

03 Jan  Cattle Egret  Earls Barton GP – five still on sheep meadows north of River Nene, c.1 km north-east of Wollaston Lock toward Wellingborough, 09.20

SATURday, 2ND January

02 Jan  Cattle Egret  Earls Barton GP – five still on sheep meadows north of River Nene, near farm buildings between Wollaston Lock and Wellingborough, 16.00

02 Jan  Caspian Gull  Rushton Landfill – adult this afternoon

02 Jan  Whooper Swan  Hollowell Res – the 6 flew off north, 13.35, also female Ruddy Shelduck, Great Egret, Jack Snipe, 5 Common Snipes and 3 Stonechats

02 Jan  Cattle Egret  Earls Barton GP – five now on sheep meadows north of River Nene, between Wollaston Lock and Wellingborough, 13.15

02 Jan  Whooper Swan  Hollowell Res – six still, off Guilsborough Bay Point, 13.15

02 Jan  Cattle Egret  Earls Barton GP – three still on sheep meadows north of River Nene, in front of farm buildings between Wollaston Lock and Wellingborough, 12.15

02 Jan  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – juvenile in The Narrows, 12.10

02 Jan  Crossbill  Hollowell Res – seven in Guilsborough Bay, 11.50, also 4 Bramblings in field opposite feeder stream

02 Jan  Crossbill  Wakerley Great Wood – at least 20, 11.15

02 Jan  Whooper Swan  Hollowell Res – six in Guilsborough Bay, 11.15, presumably ex-Pitsford

⊗ 02 Jan  Whooper Swan  Pitsford Res – the 6 flew off west and out of sight of the causeway, 10.30

02 Jan  Whooper Swan  Pitsford Res – six just south of the causeway, close to the car park, 10.00

02 Jan  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – juvenile off the causeway, 09.40

02 Jan  White-fronted Goose  Stanwick GP – thirty-three flew from North Lake and feeding in adjacent fields, 09.25

02 Jan  Jack Snipe  Stanford Res – one behind the settling pond, 09.20, also 8 Golden Plovers and Stonechat

02 Jan  Cattle Egret  Earls Barton GP – three on sheep meadows adjacent to River Nene, approximately 1 km north of Mary’s Lane, 09.10

02 Jan  White-fronted Goose  Stanwick GP – at least 30 on North Lake, 08.50, also Green Sandpiper, plus 4 Pintails and 3 Redshanks on Main Lake

FRIday, 1st January 2021

01 Jan  Mediterranean Gull  Boddington Res – two (adult and first-winter) in the gull roost this evening, 16.30

01 Jan  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – juvenile still, south of the causeway, off The Narrows, 15.14

01 Jan  Crossbill  Hollowell Res – seven behind the dam, 11.45

01 Jan  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – five with sheep between North Lake and Hogs Dyke Path, 11.40

01 Jan  Caspian Gull  Harrington AF – first-winter flew north-east, 10.15

01 Jan  Crossbill  Wakerley Great Wood – at least 10 around the car park area, 10.10

01 Jan  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – two this morning, also 33 White-fronted Geese (7 in fields + 26 on North Lake), plus 2 Pintails and 2 Great Egrets

01 Jan  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – juvenile still, approximately 1.2 km south of causeway near the bench and gorse bushes on the Brixworth side, 08.50, also Great Egret north of the causeway

 

 

15 thoughts on “Latest Reports

  1. 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.

    1. 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!

  2. It’s really a great and useful piece of info. I’m satisfied that
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  3. 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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