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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:  TUESday 11TH MAY 2021 10.50

TOday

11 May  Cattle Egret  Pitsford Res – one still, 09.55, in field between Maytrees and Bird Club Hides

11 May  Whimbrel  Clifford Hill GP – six still, on the southern side of Main Barrage Lake, 09.45, also 2 Greenland Wheatears (one male)

11 May  Osprey  Hollowell Res – one, briefly, 07.10

11 May  Wood Warbler  Stanwick GP – male singing for 10 mins, 05.30, along path from A5 Lay-by Pit causeway to reedbed but not seen and not heard since; also Pink-footed Goose, still

MONday 10TH MAY

10 May  Black Tern  Summer Leys LNR – one still, from Pioneer Hide,18.30

10 May  Cattle Egret  Pitsford Res – one still, 18.15, in field between Maytrees and Bird Club Hides

10 May  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – one flew past Main Lake, 13.20, also Dunlin and Common Sandpiper

10 May  Black Tern  Summer Leys LNR – one still, on Gull Island,12.25

10 May  Black Tern  Summer Leys LNR – one still, 10.15

10 May  Pink-footed Goose  Stanwick GP – one still this morning, also Ringed Plover and Dunlin

10 May  Whimbrel  Clifford Hill GP – eight still, on the southern side of Main Barrage Lake, 09.55, also Northern Wheatear

10 May  Cattle Egret  Pitsford Res – one still in field between causeway and feeding station, 08.50, also Osprey north of causeway

10 May  Black Tern  Summer Leys LNR – one, 07.15, also 2 Black-tailed Godwits, Ruff, Spotted Redshank and Common Sandpiper

SUNday 9TH MAY

09 May  Black Tern  Clifford Hill GP – one, 14.50, on Main Barrage Lake also 10 Northern Wheatears

09 May  Whimbrel  Clifford Hill GP – seven still, 12.15, also Whinchat and 7 Northern Wheatears but no subsequent sign of Black Tern or Turnstone

09 May  Northern Wheatear  Stortons GP – one in the car park by the south-east end, 10.05

09 May  Sanderling  DIRFT 3 – two on A5 Pools, 09.50

09 May  Turnstone  Clifford Hill GP – still, 09.35, on the spit on the north shore of Main Barrage Lake

09 May  Black Tern  Clifford Hill GP – one, 08.25, also Turnstone on the spit on the north shore of Main Barrage Lake and 3 Dunlin, plus male Whinchat and 5 Northern Wheatears on the fence and hedge one field east of the Premier Inn 

09 May  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – two on Roadside Lake, 08.15

09 May  Black-tailed Godwit  DIRFT 3 – two flew west over A5 Pools, 08.05

09 May  Northern Wheatear  Corby – seven on Willowbrook Industrial Estate, 08.00

09 May  Whimbrel  Clifford Hill GP – seven still, 07.55, also Dunlin 

09 May  Osprey  Thrapston GP – one on a pylon at the southern end of Elinor Trout Lake, 07.40

09 May  Spotted Redshank  Summer Leys LNR – one still, 07.40, also 5 Ringed Plovers

09 May  Sanderling  DIRFT 3 – one on A5 Pools, 07.25

09 May  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – four on North Lake, 06.30

SATURday 8TH MAY

08 May  Sanderling  Clifford Hill GP – five still on the north shore of Main Barrage Lake, 19.10, also 2 Ringed Plovers and 31 Dunlins in same area, plus 7 Whimbrels on south side 

08 May  Sanderling  Clifford Hill GP – five still on the north shore of Main Barrage Lake, 16.55, also 2 Ringed Plovers, 31 Dunlins in same area and Great Egret, plus 7 Whimbrels in sheep field south of Hardingstone Dyke

08 May  Black Tern  Pitsford Res – one still north of the causeway, 16.20, also Cattle Egret still between Feeding Station and causeway

08 May  Turnstone  DIRFT 3 – one on A5 Pools, 15.10, also 16 Ringed Plovers, 3 Sanderlings, 9 Dunlins and Common Sandpiper

08 May  Black Tern  Pitsford Res – one still north of the causeway, 14.55, also Cattle Egret still between Feeding Station and causeway

08 May  Wood Sandpiper  Summer Leys LNR – one on the scrape, 13.20, also 5 Ringed Plovers, 2 Dunlins and Spotted Redshank

08 May  Grey Plover  DIRFT 3 – two on A5 Pools, 12.15, also 51 Dunlins, Common Sandpiper and first-winter Yellow-legged Gull

08 May  Arctic Tern  Stanford Res – two, 12.10

08 May  Sanderling  Clifford Hill GP – five on the north shore of Main Barrage Lake, 11.15, also 4 Turnstones, 2 Whimbrels, 51+ Dunlins and 3 Northern Wheatears

08 May  Sanderling  Clifford Hill GP – three on Main Barrage Lake, 10.20, also 5 Whimbrels and 48 Dunlins

08 May  Spotted Redshank  Summer Leys LNR – one (summer plumage) in Wader Bay, 10.05, also drake Garganey, Great Egret, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, Greenshank and Ruff; 3 Common Sandpipers on nearby Hardwater Lake at Earls Barton GP

08 May  Black Tern  Pitsford Res – one north of the causeway, 09.55, also Cattle Egret still near Feeding Station and Common Sandpiper on the dam

08 May  Sanderling  Clifford Hill GP – one on Main Barrage Lake, 08.55, also Curlew, 2 Whimbrels and 6 Dunlins

08 May  Turnstone  Summer Leys LNR – two on Gull Island, 08.40-08.55 but not since, also 2 Ringed Plovers, Sanderling and 23 Dunlins

08 May  Wood Sandpiper  Stanwick GP – one on Main Lake, 06.20

FRIday 7TH MAY

07 May  Black Tern  Stanford Res – one still this evening

07 May  Cattle Egret  Pitsford Res – one still, in field alongside pathe between the causeway and the feeding station, 17.10

07 May  Temminck’s Stint  Lilbourne Meadows LNR – back again on small area of flooded sheep grazing field at 52.381524, -1.176333 and viewable from gateway/footpath at sharp right-angled bend in Hillmorton Lane, 350 m south of Lilbourne village, 16.08

07 May  Temminck’s Stint  DIRFT 3 – still on A5 Pools, 15.45, then flew toward Lilbourne Meadows LNR

07 May  Temminck’s Stint  DIRFT 3 – still on A5 Pools, 14.45, though distant. View from A5 Lay-by, 1 km south of Truckstop

07 May  Temminck’s Stint  DIRFT 3 – still on A5 Pools, 14.00. View from A5 Lay-by, 1 km south of Truckstop

07 May  Spotted Redshank  Summer Leys LNR – two, 13.40, also Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff and Greenshank

07 May  Cattle Egret  Pitsford Res – one between the causeway and the feeding station, 12.35

07 May  Whinchat  Ravensthorpe Res – male at nearby sewage treatment works, late morning

07 May  Spotted Redshank  Summer Leys LNR – one (summer plumage) on the scrape, 10.55, also 2 Black-tailed Godwits and Dunlin

07 May  Temminck’s Stint  DIRFT 3 – again at the rear of A5 Pools, 10.40 but distant, also 2 Dunlins and Common Sandpiper. View from A5 Lay-by, 1 km south of Truckstop

07 May  Whimbrel  Thrapston Hill GP – one on Titchmarsh LNR, 10.55, also Great Egret and Common Sandpiper

07 May  Temminck’s Stint  Lilbourne Meadows LNR – again on small area of flooded sheep grazing field at 52.381524, -1.176333 and viewable from gateway/footpath at sharp right-angled bend in Hillmorton Lane, 350 m south of Lilbourne village, 10.35

07 May  Whimbrel  Clifford Hill GP – eight still on southern side of Main Barrage Lake, 10.35, also Dunlin

07 May  Northern Wheatear  Charwelton – two in fields off A361 between Charwelton and Byfield this morning

07 May  Little Gull  Thrapston GP – adult on Town Lake, 09.40

07 May  Greenshank  Earls Barton GP – still on Hardwater Lake, 09.30

07 May  Whimbrel  Clifford Hill GP – eight, on southern side of Main Barrage Lake, 09.15

⊗ 07 May  Temminck’s Stint  DIRFT 3 – no sign on A5 Pools or at nearby Lilbourne Meadows up to 09.10

07 May  Caspian Gull  DIRFT 3 – first-winter on A5 Pools, 09.10, also 2 Dunlins and Common Sandpiper

07 May  Black Tern  Stanford Res – one, 08.25

07 May  Osprey  Hollowell Res – one this morning

07 May  Osprey  Earls Barton – one flew west over the A45, 07.10

THURSday 6TH MAY

06 May  Temminck’s Stint  Lilbourne Meadows LNR – still on small area of flooded sheep grazing field at 52.381524, -1.176333 and viewable from gateway/footpath at sharp right-angled bend in Hillmorton Lane, 350 m south of Lilbourne village, 17.40

06 May  Temminck’s Stint  Lilbourne Meadows LNR – still on small area of flooded sheep grazing field at 52.381524, -1.176333 and viewable from gateway/footpath at sharp right-angled bend in Hillmorton Lane, 350 m south of Lilbourne village, 16.50

06 May  Temminck’s Stint  Lilbourne Meadows LNR – still on small area of flooded sheep grazing field at 52.381524, -1.176333 and viewable from gateway/footpath at sharp right-angled bend in Hillmorton Lane, 350 m south of Lilbourne village, 14.40

06 May  Turnstone  Clifford Hill GP – still in the north-east corner of Main Barrage Lake, early afternoon, also seven Whimbrel still on southern side of the lake, plus 2 Dunlins

06 May  Temminck’s Stint  Lilbourne Meadows LNR – again on small area of flooded sheep grazing field at 52.381524, -1.176333 and viewable from gateway/footpath at sharp right-angled bend in Hillmorton Lane, 350 m south of Lilbourne village, 14.00, also Ringed Plover and Dunlin

⊗ 06 May  Temminck’s Stint  DIRFT 3 – no sign on A5 Pools to 13.15

06 May  Temminck’s Stint  Lilbourne Meadows LNR – flew south toward DIRFT 3 A5 Pools, 12.25

06 May  Temminck’s Stint  Lilbourne Meadows LNR – the DIRFT 3 individual relocated on small area of flooded sheep grazing field at 52.381524, -1.176333 and viewable from gateway/footpath at sharp right-angled bend in Hillmorton Lane, 350 m south of Lilbourne village, 11.20

06 May  Greenshank  Pitsford Res – one just south of Bird Club Hide, 10.25

06 May  Temminck’s Stint  DIRFT 3 – one at the rear of A5 Pools, 09.35 but elusive, also 2 Whimbrels flew over, plus 6 Ringed Plovers and 3 Dunlins were present briefly; view from A5 Lay-by, 1 km south of Truckstop

06 May  Turnstone  Clifford Hill GP – one in the north-east corner of Main Barrage Lake, 09.35, also Whimbrel on southern side of the lake

⊗ 06 May  Dotterel  Piddington – no sign this morning of the two in field to the south-west of the village, by 08.30, at  52.176320, -0.838058 

06 May  Spotted Redshank  Summer Leys LNR – two, still, 07.30

06 May  Greenshank  Earls Barton GP – one on Hardwater Lake, 06.45

WEDNESday 5TH MAY

05 May  White Wagtail  Welford Res – one, 19.35, also 3 Common Sandpipers

05 May  Whimbrel  Clifford Hill GP – seven still, by the sluice on the north side of Main Barrage Lake, 19.20, also 4 Dunlins and Northern Wheatear

05 May  Dotterel  Piddington – two still in field to the south-west of the village, 19.05, at  52.176320, -0.838058 viewable from public bridleway running west from New Farm Airfield, postcode NN7 2DG. Follow bridleway for approximately 700 m to view. Also 9 Northern Wheatears. Parking is in Forest Road or Grafton Court, 100 m from farm. Please note there is no parking in the farmyard (vehicles have been moved on).

05 May  Whinchat  Borough Hill – two, 19.05

05 May  Black-tailed Godwit  Summer Leys LNR – one on the scrape, 17.50

05 May  Northern Wheatear  Deenethorpe – one in sheep field at Oundle end, 17.30

05 May  Wryneck  Borough Hill – still, showing well, 17.20, in short grass by small pine tree along hedge at edge of motocross field, one field down from radio mast, as viewed from approximately 52.250736, -1.139438

05 May  Spotted Redshank  Summer Leys LNR – one (summer plumage) on the scrape, 16.15

05 May  Wryneck  Borough Hill – still, showing well, 15.00, in short grass by small pine tree along hedge at edge of motocross field, one field down from radio mast, as viewed from approximately 52.250736, -1.139438

05 May  Dotterel  Piddington – two still in field to the south-west of the village, 14.00, at  52.176320, -0.838058 viewable from public bridleway running west from New Farm Airfield, postcode NN7 2DG. Follow bridleway for approximately 700 m to view. Parking is in Forest Road or Grafton Court, 100 m from farm. Please note there is no parking in the farmyard (vehicles have been moved on).

05 May  Whinchat  Northampton – one in field at west end of Studland Road, Kingsthorpe, opposite allotments and in front of Spencer FC, 12.30

05 May  Whinchat  Borough Hill – one, 11.25, by the first bramble patch on the north side of the summit compound

05 May  Whimbrel  Stanford Res – one still on the dam, 11.15

05 May  Sandwich Tern  Summer Leys LNR – one flew over, 10.35

05 May  Wryneck  Borough Hill – still, showing well, 10.30, in short grass by small pine tree along hedge at edge of motocross field, one field down from radio mast, as viewed from approximately 52.250736, -1.139438

05 May  Spotted Redshank  Summer Leys LNR – two, 10.10

05 May  Wryneck  Borough Hill – still, showing well, 09.20, in short grass by small pine tree along hedge at edge of motocross field, one field down from radio mast, as viewed from approximately 52.250736, -1.139438

05 May  Whimbrel  Stanford Res – one on the dam, 08.50, also Arctic Tern flew over

05 May  Wryneck  Borough Hill – still, showing well, 08.30, in short grass by small pine tree along hedge at edge of motocross field, one field down from radio mast, as viewed from approximately 52.250736, -1.139438

05 May  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – one, 08.00, also Pink-footed Goose and 2 Dunlins

05 May  Whimbrel  Clifford Hill GP – seven on the south-east side of Main Barrage Lake, 07.40, also Dunlin and 2 Common Sandpipers

05 May  Dotterel  Piddington – two still in field to the south-west of the village, early morning, at  52.176320, -0.838058 viewable from public bridleway running west from New Farm Airfield, postcode NN7 2DG. Follow bridleway for approximately 700 m to view. Parking is in Forest Road or Grafton Court, 100 m from farm. Please note there is no parking in the farmyard (vehicles have been moved on).

05 May  Spotted Redshank  Summer Leys LNR – one still, between Feeding Station and Screen Hide, 07.15, also Ruff and 6 or 7 Dunlins

05 May  Osprey  Hollowell Res – one flew over, 06.55, also Dunlin

05 May  Tree Pipit  Borough Hill – one flew over early morning

TUESday 4TH MAY

04 May  Sanderling  Thrapston GP – one on Titchmarsh LNR, 18.40, also Dunlin

04 May  Wryneck  Borough Hill – still, showing well, 18.40, in hedge behind brambles, at edge of motocross field, one field down from radio mast, as viewed from approximately 52.250736, -1.139438

04 May  Wryneck  Borough Hill – still, 16.20, in hedge behind brambles, at edge of motocross field, one field down from radio mast but elusive, as viewed from approximately 52.250736, -1.139438

04 May  Whimbrel  Stanwick GP – one on Main Lake, 15.35, also 23+ Dunlins and 6 Arctic Terns

04 May  Arctic Tern  Pitsford Res – two north of the causeway, 15.30, also Great Egret

04 May  Whimbrel  Clifford Hill GP – six still, 15.05, also 42 Dunlins and Arctic Tern

04 May  Black-tailed Godwit  Summer Leys LNR – one on the scrape, 14.45, also 2 Ringed Plovers and 4 Dunlins

04 May  Dotterel  Piddington – two still in field to the south-west of the village, 13.40, at  52.176320, -0.838058 viewable from public bridleway running west from New Farm Airfield, postcode NN7 2DG. Follow bridleway for approximately 700 m to view; also Whinchat. Parking is in Forest Road or Grafton Court, 100 m from farm. Please note there is no parking in the farmyard (vehicles have been moved on).

04 May  Whimbrel  Hollowell Res – two still, on Guilsborough Bay Point, 11.40 

04 May  Spotted Redshank  Summer Leys LNR – two (one summer plumage) still, on Gull Island, 11.30, also Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff and 20+ Dunlins

04 May  Wryneck  Borough Hill – still, 11.30, in hedge behind brambles, at edge of motocross field, one field down from radio mast, as viewed from approximately 52.250736, -1.139438

04 May  Pink-footed Goose  Stanwick GP – one again this morning, also 15 Dunlins

04 May  Whimbrel  Thrapston GP – one on Titchmarsh LNR, 09.35, also 3 Dunlins and 2 Common Sandpipers

04 May  Spotted Redshank  Summer Leys LNR – summer plumaged bird back on the scrape, 09.30

04 May  Marsh Harrier  Stanford Res – one flew north-west, 07.35, also 2 Arctic Terns

04 May  Spotted Redshank  Summer Leys LNR – two (one summer plumage) on the scrape early morning then flew toward feeding station, 07.30, also drake Garganey, 4 Black-tailed Godwits briefly before flying east, male Ruff, 22 Dunlins, Common Sandpiper and 3 Arctic Terns

MONday 3Rd MAY

03 May  Arctic Tern  Stanwick GP – two this evening

03 May  Dotterel  Piddington – two still, 15.55, in field approximately 800 m south of the original position of 52.176320, -0.838058 Approach from public bridleway running west from New Farm Airfield, postcode NN7 2DG; parking is in Forest Road or Grafton Court, 100 m from farm. Please note there is no parking in the farmyard (vehicles have been moved on).

03 May  Sanderling  Clifford Hill GP – one, still, 13.25, also 4-5 Whimbrels and several Dunlins

03 May  Wryneck  Borough Hill – still, 12.20, by brambles at edge of motocross field, one field down from radio mast 52.250736, -1.139438 

03 May  Dotterel  Piddington – two still in field to the south-west of the village, 11.50, at  52.176320, -0.838058 viewable from public bridleway running west from New Farm Airfield, postcode NN7 2DG; follow bridleway for approximately 700 m to view; also female Northern Wheatear. Parking is in Forest Road or Grafton Court, 100 m from farm. Please note there is no parking in the farmyard (vehicles have been moved on).

03 May  Sanderling  Clifford Hill GP – one, 11.50, also 4 Ringed Plovers, 4 Whimbrels and 7 Dunlins

03 May  Ruff  Summer Leys LNR – one on Fisherman’s Point, 11.45, also 7 Dunlins

03 May  Wryneck  Borough Hill – still, 11.10, showing well by brambles at edge of motocross field, one field down from radio mast 52.250736, -1.139438 

03 May  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – drake still, on the bund, 10.10, also 2 Dunlins

03 May  Wryneck  Borough Hill – still, 09.30, by brambles at edge of motocross field, one field down from radio mast 52.250736, -1.139438 

⊗ 03 May  Black-necked Grebe  Ravensthorpe Res – no sign of yesterday’s 3 this morning 09.25

03 May  Whimbrel  Clifford Hill GP – six, 08.50, also 5 Common Sandpipers

03 May  Wryneck  Borough Hill – still, 07.35, by brambles at edge of motocross field, one field down from radio mast 52.250736, -1.139438 

03 May  Dotterel  Piddington – two still in field to the south-west of the village, 06.40, at  52.176320, -0.838058 viewable from public bridleway running west from New Farm Airfield, postcode NN7 2DG; follow bridleway for approximately 700 m to view. Parking is in Forest Road or Grafton Court, 100 m from farm. Please note there is no parking in the farmyard (vehicles have been moved on).

SUNday 2nd MAY

02 May  Wryneck  Borough Hill – still, 19.50, feeding on ground by brambles at edge of motocross field, one field down from radio mast 52.250736, -1.139438 

02 May  Black-necked Grebe  Ravensthorpe Res – three still, south of causeway 19.25

02 May  Wryneck  Borough Hill – 18.00, at edge of motocross field, one field down from radio mast 52.250736, -1.139438 

02 May  Dotterel  Piddington – two (male and female) still in field to the south-west of the village, 17.30, at  52.176320, -0.838058 viewable from public bridleway running west from New Farm Airfield, postcode NN7 2DG; follow bridleway for approximately 700 m to view in field on north side of track. Parking is in Forest Road or Grafton Court, 100 m from farm. Please note there is no parking in the farmyard (vehicles have been moved on).

02 May  Whimbrel  Hollowell Res – three still, in sheep field on the eastern side, 16.10 

02 May  Dotterel  Piddington – two (male and female) still in field to the south-west of the village, 16.15, at  52.176320, -0.838058 viewable from public bridleway running west from New Farm Airfield, postcode NN7 2DG; follow bridleway for approximately 700 m to view. Parking is in Forest Road or Grafton Court, 100 m from farm. Please note there is no parking in the farmyard (vehicles have been moved on).

02 May  Black-necked Grebe  Ravensthorpe Res – three still, close to causeway 15.35

02 May  Whimbrel  Clifford Hill GP – five still on the southern side of Main Barrage Lake, 15.20

02 May  Dotterel  Piddington – two (male and female) still in field to the south-west of the village, this afternoon, at  52.176320, -0.838058 viewable from public bridleway running west from New Farm Airfield, postcode NN7 2DG; follow bridleway for approximately 700 m to view. Parking is in Forest Road or Grafton Court, 100 m from farm. Please note there is no parking in the farmyard (vehicles have been moved on).

02 May  Greenshank  DIRFT 3 – two on A5 Pools this afternoon, also 8 Ringed Plovers and 2 Dunlins

02 May  Northern Wheatear  Deenethorpe – one in sheep field off Deenethorpe Road, 14.20

02 May  Black-necked Grebe  Ravensthorpe Res – three still, 14.15, on south side of causeway 

02 May  Black-necked Grebe  Ravensthorpe Res – three still, 13.15

02 May  Black-necked Grebe  Ravensthorpe Res – three near the causeway, 12.10

02 May  Dotterel  Piddington – two (male and female) still present in field to the south-west of the village, though distant, 11.55, at  52.176320, -0.838058 viewable from public bridleway running west from New Farm Airfield, postcode NN7 2DG; follow bridleway for approximately 700 m to view field on left. Parking is in Forest Road or Grafton Court, 100 m from farm. Please note there is no parking in the farmyard (vehicles have been moved on).

02 May  Whimbrel  Hollowell Res – three still on Guilsborough Bay Point, then flew toward dam 11.40

02 May  Spotted Redshank  Summer Leys LNR – one still, in bund area, 10.15, also Ringed Plover, Greenshank and Ruff

02 May  Whimbrel  Hollowell Res – three still, 10.10, also Spotted Flycatcher: the first spring record

02 May  Whimbrel  Summer Leys LNR – one, 10.00, in 1st field across wooden bridge to Great Doddington, at start of old railway track

02 May  Dotterel  Piddington – two (male and female) still present in field to the south-west of the village, showing well, 10.00, at  52.176320, -0.838058 viewable from public bridleway running west from New Farm Airfield, postcode NN7 2DG; follow bridleway for approximately 700 m to view field on left. Parking is in Forest Road or Grafton Court, 100 m from farm. Please note there is no parking in the farmyard (vehicles have been moved on).

02 May  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – two flew south-west, 09.05, also 5 Dunlins

02 May  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – drake still, in Wader Bay, 07.50, also Ruff

02 May  Whimbrel  Clifford Hill GP – five on the southern side of Main Barrage Lake, 07.45, also Northern Wheatear and White Wagtail

02 May  Dotterel  Piddington – two (male and female) still present in field to the south-west of the village, 06.45, at  52.176320, -0.838058 viewable from public bridleway running west from New Farm Airfield, postcode NN7 2DG; follow bridleway for approximately 700 m to view field on left. Parking is in Forest Road or Grafton Court, 100 m from farm. Please note there is no parking in the farmyard (vehicles have been moved on).

SATURday 1st MAY

01 May  Dotterel  Piddington – two (male and female) still present in field to the south-west of the village, 19.55, at  52.176320, -0.838058 viewable from public bridleway running west from New Farm Airfield, postcode NN7 2DG; follow bridleway for approximately 700 m to view field on left, also male Whinchat and 10 Northern Wheatears. Parking is in Forest Road or Grafton Court, 100 m from farm. Please note there is no parking in the farmyard (vehicles have been moved on).

01 May  Caspian Gull  DIRFT 3 – first-winter on A5 Pools, early evening, also 6 Ringed Plovers and Dunlin

01 May  Dotterel  Piddington – two (male and female) still present in field to the south-west of the village, 15.30, at  52.176320, -0.838058 viewable from public bridleway running west from New Farm Airfield, postcode NN7 2DG; follow bridleway for approximately 700 m to view field on left, also 8 Northern Wheatears. Parking is in Forest Road or Grafton Court, 100 m from farm. Please note there is no parking in the farmyard (vehicles have been moved on).

01 May  Dotterel  Piddington – two in a field to the south-west of the village this morning at  52.176320, -0.838058 viewable from public footpath running west from New Farm Airfield, postcode NN7 2DG; follow footpath for approximately 700 m to view field on left

01 May  Northern Wheatear  Boddington Res – one, 11.45, also Common Sandpiper

01 May  Greenshank  Earls Barton GP – one on New Workings (North), 11.40, also, Common Sandpiper and White Wagtail

01 May  Whimbrel  Clifford Hill GP – three briefly this morning, also Great Egret, 2 Dunlins and 4 Common Sandpipers

01 May  Greenshank  Ecton SF – three on East Pool, 08.55, also Common Snipe

01 May  Spotted Redshank  Summer Leys LNR – one still this morning, also 1-2 drake Garganey, 2 Whimbrels, Curlew and Ruff

01 May  Whinchat  Honey Hill GP – one on hedgerow along Jurassic Way, 100 m north of Honey Hill Farm, 08.15

01 May  Whimbrel  Byfield – one flew north-west over the A361, just north of the village, 08.05

01 May  Wood Warbler  Barnwell CP – one in trees behind the wooden frog, 08.00

FRIday 30th APRIL

30 Apr  Osprey  Northampton – one flew over Far Cotton, 19.00

30 Apr  Whinchat  DIRFT 3 – male still at A5 Pools, 16.10, also Whimbrel flew over, plus Green Sandpiper

30 Apr  Whimbrel  Clifford Hill GP – one still, late afternoon, also Arctic Tern 

30 Apr  Whinchat  DIRFT 3 – male at A5 Pools, 11.15: the first spring record

30 Apr  Spotted Redshank  Summer Leys LNR – one still, 11.00, from Screen Hide, also Common Sandpiper and adult Mediterranean Gull still

30 Apr  Greenshank  Thrapston GP – one, also 2 Great Egrets and 4 Common Sandpipers this morning

30 Apr  Arctic Tern  Clifford Hill GP – two, 10.00, also 2 Common Sandpipers

30 Apr  Spotted Redshank  Summer Leys LNR – one still, 09.35, on the bund

30 Apr  Whimbrel  Clifford Hill GP – one on the south side of Main Barrage Lake, 09.10

30 Apr  Whimbrel  Hollowell Res – three still, west of Guilsborough Bay Point, 07.55

30 Apr  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – drake still, 07.35, also 3 Ruffs and Dunlin

30 Apr  Osprey  Stortons GP – one flew west, 07.15

30 Apr  Ring Ouzel  Thrapston – male still in uncultivated field alongside River Nene, 07.00, at approximately 52.394231, -0.542759 

THURSday 29th APRIL

29 Apr  Spotted Redshank  Summer Leys LNR – one still, 17.45, also drake Garganey, Common Sandpiper and Greenshank

29 Apr  Pink-footed Goose  Stanwick GP – one still, in crop field north of Main Lake, 17.30

29 Apr  Greenland Wheatear  Boddington Res – one nearby this afternoon

29 Apr  Whimbrel  Clifford Hill GP – ten, 17.00, also Great Egret flew east and 4 Arctic Terns

29 Apr  Little Gull  Pitsford Res – one north of the causeway, 16.35

⊗ 29 Apr  Pied Flycatcher  Northampton – no sign this morning of first-summer male in Abington Park, to 12.15, also no sign today of Wood Warbler

29 Apr  Spotted Redshank  Summer Leys LNR – one still, around Fisherman’s Point, 11.25, also 3 Ruffs still, 16 Common Snipes, adult Mediterranean Gull and 5+ Arctic Terns

29 Apr  Arctic Tern  Thrapston GP – fourteen flew through, 10.10

29 Apr  Greenshank  Ecton SF – four on East Pool, 09.20, also 5 Green Sandpipers 

29 Apr  Spotted Redshank  Summer Leys LNR – one still, around Fisherman’s Point, 07.45, also drake Garganey, Ringed Plover, 3 Ruffs, 4 Common Sandpipers

29 Apr  Whimbrel  Hollowell Res – three still, in meadow south of feeder stream, 07.35

29 Apr  Arctic Tern  Stanwick GP – total of 76 flew north-east between 05.30 and 09.00. also Pink-footed Goose on Main Lake

WEDNESday 28th APRIL

28 Apr  Arctic Tern  Boddington Res – approximately 40, 20.10

28 Apr  Common Scoter  Thrapston GP – two (one drake) still on Town Lake, 18.05

28 Apr  Pied Flycatcher  Northampton – first-summer male still in Abington Park, 18.00, also Wood Warbler still

28 Apr  Black Tern  Boddington Res – one, 17.50

28 Apr  Arctic Tern  Clifford Hill GP – approximately 12 still on Main Barrage Lake, 17.35, also Greenshank still and 9 Dunlins

28 Apr  Pied Flycatcher  Northampton – first-summer male still in Abington Park, 17.28

28 Apr  Pied Flycatcher  Northampton – first-summer male still in Abington Park, 16.30, near stream on edge of spinney next to overflowing lake by Abington Park Crescent

28 Apr  Arctic Tern Stanford Res – four, 16.25

28 Apr  Black Tern  Thrapston GP – three still at the north end of Aldwincle Lake, 16.05, also Black-tailed Godwit and Common Sandpiper

28 Apr  Pied Flycatcher  Northampton – first-summer male still in Abington Park, 15.30, on edge of spinney next to overflowing lake by Abington Park Crescent

28 Apr  Blue-headed Wagtail  Summer Leys LNR – female again in field behind Paul Britten Hide, 15.30, also several Arctic Terns

28 Apr  Black Tern  Thrapston GP – three still at the north end of Aldwincle Lake, 15.00, also Great Egret, 20+ Arctic Terns and Greenshank

28 Apr  Pied Flycatcher  Northampton – first-summer male still in Abington Park, 14.50, on edge of spinney next to overflowing lake by Abington Park Crescent, also Wood Warbler still

28 Apr  Pied Flycatcher  Northampton – first-summer male in Abington Park, 13.50, on edge of spinney next to overflowing lake by Abington Park Crescent

28 Apr  Common Scoter  Thrapston GP – two (one drake) still on Town Lake, 13.25

28 Apr  Whimbrel  Thrapston GP – one flew east over Titchmarsh LNR, 12.50

28 Apr  Black Tern  Thrapston GP – two still at the north end of Aldwincle Lake, 12.25, also c.40 Arctic Terns, Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank and Common Sandpiper

28 Apr  Wood Warbler  Northampton – male still in Abington Park, 11.50, on edge of spinney next to overflowing lake by Abington Park Crescent

28 Apr  Arctic Tern  Clifford Hill GP – fourteen on Main Barrage Lake, 11.15, also Greenshank, Common Sandpiper and 7 Northern Wheatears – all on the southern side

28 Apr  Osprey  Hollowell Res – one, 10.35

28 Apr  Whimbrel  Thrapston GP – one at the north end of Aldwincle Lake, 10.35

28 Apr  Wood Warbler  Northampton – male still in Abington Park, 10.30, on edge of spinney next to overflowing lake by Abington Park Crescent

28 Apr  Whimbrel  Hollowell Res – three still, near Guilsborough Bay Point, 10.10

28 Apr  Bar-tailed Godwit  Thrapston GP – one at the north end of Aldwincle Lake, 10.05, also c.40 Arctic Terns and 3 Black Terns, still

28 Apr  Wood Warbler  Northampton – male still in Abington Park, 10.00, by lake nearest Abington Park Crescent, approximately 50 m west, toward Park Avenue South

28 Apr  Black Tern  Thrapston GP – three at the north end of Aldwincle Lake, 09.50, also 40+ Arctic Terns

28 Apr  Arctic Tern  Stanford Res – three more flew east, 08.30

28 Apr  Ruff  DIRFT 3 – male on A5 Pools this morning, also 2 Ringed Plovers, Dunlin, 2 Common Snipes and third-winter Yellow-legged Gull

28 Apr  Common Scoter  Thrapston GP – two (one drake) on Town Lake, 08.25

28 Apr  Wood Warbler  Earls Barton GP – male singing at the back of Mary’s Lake, near fisherman’s car park, 08.15

28 Apr  Grey Plover  Stanford Res – one flew east, 08.10, also 3 Arctic Terns flew east

28 Apr  Blue-headed Wagtail  Thrapston GP – female at north end of Aldwincle Lake, Titchmarsh LNR, 07.55, also Greenshank

28 Apr  Whimbrel  Stanford Res – three flew east, 07.45

28 Apr  Wood Warbler  Northampton – male singing in Abington Park, 07.40, near Weston Way/Abington Park Crescent entrance (heard only)

28 Apr  Spotted Redshank  Summer Leys LNR – one still, Gull Island, 07.40, also Common Sandpiper

28 Apr  Ruff  Summer Leys LNR – two still, on the scrape, 07.20

28 Apr  Arctic Tern  Boddington Res – three early morning

28 Apr  Arctic Tern Stanwick GP – eleven flew north-east, 06.55

28 Apr  Ring Ouzel  Thrapston – male in uncultivated field alongside River Nene, 06.50, at approximately 52.394231, -0.542759 

TUESday 27th APRIL

27 Apr  Greenshank  Thrapston GP – two on Titchmarsh LNR this evening

27 Apr  Blue-headed Wagtail  Stanford Res – female this evening

27 Apr  Spotted Redshank  Summer Leys LNR – still, 17.10, also Wood Sandpiper still, plus 3 Ruffs, Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpipers and adult Mediterranean Gull

27 Apr  Greenshank  Earls Barton GP – two on New Workings (North), 14.00

27 Apr  Greenshank  Thrapston GP – one on Titchmarsh LNR, 13.00

27 Apr  Spotted Redshank  Summer Leys LNR – still, 10.05, also Wood Sandpiper still, plus 2 Ruffs and 2 Common Sandpipers

27 Apr  Garganey  Ecton SF – drake on East Pool, 08.45, also 7 Greenshanks and 5 Green Sandpipers 

27 Apr  Whimbrel  Hollowell Res – three still, near Guilsborough Bay Point, 07.25

27 Apr  Spotted Redshank  Summer Leys LNR – still, 07.10, also Wood Sandpiper still 

27 Apr  Garganey  Pitsford Res – two (one drake) still, 05.55, between causeway and Maytrees Hide, also Whimbrel over and 2 Common Sandpipers

MONday 26th APRIL

26 Apr  Whimbrel  Hollowell Res – three still, on Guilsborough Bay Point, 19.30, also Great Egret

26 Apr  Whimbrel  Clifford Hill GP – seven on Main Barrage Lake, 18.30, also 6 Bar-tailed Godwits and Greenshank

26 Apr  Whimbrel  Hollowell Res – three still, 18.20 also Curlew

26 Apr  Wood Sandpiper  Summer Leys LNR – one still on Main Lake,18.05, also 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 Little Gulls and Arctic Tern

26 Apr  Common Redstart Stanford Res – female in Blowers Lodge Bay, late afternoon

26 Apr  Marsh Harrier  Summer Leys LNR – one over Screen Hide this afternoon, also Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, 4 adult Little Gulls and at least 4 Arctic Terns

26 Apr  Bar-tailed Godwit  Pitsford Res – two between Maytrees and Bird Club Hides, 13.00

26 Apr  Whimbrel  Hollowell Res – three still, on Guilsborough Bay Point, 12.20 

26 Apr  Blue-headed Wagtail  Thrapston GP – female this morning

26 Apr  Wood Sandpiper  Summer Leys LNR – still, 10.45, also Spotted Redshank and 3 Little Gulls still

26 Apr  Common Redstart Stanford Res – male in Blowers Lodge Bay, 09.10

26 Apr  Wood Sandpiper  Summer Leys LNR – still, 09.00, also 6 Greenshanks

26 Apr  Grey Plover  Thrapston GP – still on island in Aldwincle Lake, from North Hide, 08.45, also 2 Greenshanks

26 Apr  Greenshank  Stanwick GP – two flew north-east, 08.00

26 Apr  Greenshank  Oundle – one on Lower Barnwell muddy field, 08.00

26 Apr  Greenshank  Stanwick GP – one on Main Lake, 07.55

26 Apr  Spotted Redshank  Summer Leys LNR – still, 07.50, also Marsh Harrier, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 4 Little Gulls and at least one Arctic Tern

26 Apr  Whimbrel  Hollowell Res – three still, in sheep filed south-east of feeder stream, 07.35 

26 Apr  Arctic Tern Stanwick GP – five flew north-east, 07.05

26 Apr  Whimbrel  Stanwick GP – one on Main Lake, briefly, 06.00

SUNday 25th APRIL

25 Apr  Blue-headed Wagtail  Ravensthorpe Res – female on the dam today

25 Apr  Little Gull  Daventry CP – three, 16.25

25 Apr  Merlin  Clopton – male between Clopton and Bythorn, 16.10

25 Apr  Spotted Redshank  Summer Leys LNR – still, 15.40, on Gull Island, also 16 Greenshanks

25 Apr  Whimbrel  Hollowell Res – three, still on Guilsborough Bay Point, 14.50, also Bar-tailed Godwit still

25 Apr  Greenshank  DIRFT 3 – one on A5 Pools, 13.30, also 2 second-winter Yellow-legged Gulls

25 Apr  Whimbrel  Hollowell Res – three, still on Guilsborough Bay Point, 12.55, also Bar-tailed Godwit still

25 Apr  Whimbrel  Hollowell Res – three, still on Guilsborough Bay Point, 11.30

25 Apr  Wood Sandpiper  Summer Leys LNR – still on Brayshaw’s Bund, 10.45, also 4 Greenshanks and adult Little Gull

25 Apr  Grey Plover  Thrapston GP – still on island in Aldwincle Lake, from North Hide, 10.30, also 3 Bar-tailed Godwits on the ground and 5 Arctic Terns flew over 

25 Apr  Little Gull  Summer Leys LNR – adult from feeding station, 10.25

25 Apr  Bar-tailed Godwit  Summer Leys LNR – on the scrape, briefly, 09.40

25 Apr  Whimbrel  Hollowell Res – three, plus Bar-tailed Godwit still, 09.15, near Guilsborough Bay Point before flying to meadow adjoining Welford Road

25 Apr  Spotted Redshank  Summer Leys LNR – still, 09.04, at base of Cormorant Spit

25 Apr  Garganey  Pitsford Res – two (one drake) still, 08.55, by the Feeding Station at the mouth of Scaldwell Bay

25 Apr  Wood Sandpiper  Summer Leys LNR – still on Brayshaw’s Bund, 08.55, also 4 Greenshanks and Common Sandpiper

25 Apr  Osprey  Pitsford Res – one in Scaldwell Bay, 08.35

25 Apr  Bar-tailed Godwit  Stanwick GP – two still on Main Lake, 08.30 and 2 more flew north-east

25 Apr  Little Gull  Clifford Hill GP – adult on Main Barrage Lake, 08.30

25 Apr  Grey Plover  Thrapston GP – one still on island in Aldwincle Lake, from North Hide, 08.25

25 Apr  Spotted Redshank  Summer Leys LNR – still, 08.05, near Fisherman’s Point

25 Apr  Whimbrel  Stanwick GP – one briefly, A45 Lay-by Pit, 08.05

25 Apr  Wood Sandpiper  Summer Leys LNR – still in Wader Bay/Brayshaw’s Bund area, 07.30, also 3 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Greenshanks and Common Sandpiper

25 Apr  Bar-tailed Godwit  Summer Leys LNR – four flew over the scrape, 06.30

25 Apr  Bar-tailed Godwit  Stanwick GP – two on Main Lake, 05.50

SATURday 24th APRIL

⊗ 24 Apr  Shag  Daventry CP – no sign of first-winter today

24 Apr  Wood Sandpiper  Summer Leys LNR – still on Main Lake, as viewed from disused railway track, 19.25, also Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper and 2 adult Little Gulls

24 Apr  Wood Sandpiper  Summer Leys LNR – still on Main Lake, 19.00, also Spotted Redshank still, adult Mediterranean Gull and 2 Arctic Terns

24 Apr  Little Gull  Pitsford Res – twenty-six still north of the causeway, 18.30, also Great Egret

24 Apr  Little Gull  Pitsford Res – at least 26 north of the causeway, 16.40

24 Apr  Greenshank  Oundle – one on floodwater at Lower Barnwell Lock, 16.30

24 Apr  Wood Sandpiper  Summer Leys LNR – reported as still present this afternoon, viewed from old railway line, though elusive; also Spotted Redshank still and at least 2 Little Gulls

24 Apr  Whimbrel  Wadenhoe – one in meadow below village, 14.00

24 Apr  Lesser Whitethroat  Earls Barton GP – one this morning: the first spring record

24 Apr  Grey Plover  Thrapston GP – still on island in Aldwincle Lake, 11.45, also 54 Little Gulls briefly, 11.30, plus 8 Little Gulls on Town Lake

24 Apr  Whimbrel  Hollowell Res – at least three still and the Bar-tailed Godwit, 11.20

24 Apr  Wood Sandpiper  Summer Leys LNR – one in Wader Bay, very briefly, 10.30, but not since, also Common Sandpiper and Spotted Redshank still

24 Apr  Grey Plover  Thrapston GP – one on island in Aldwincle Lake, 09.25, also Great Egret

24 Apr  Mediterranean Gull  Summer Leys LNR – two adults on Rotary Island, 09.25

24 Apr  Little Gull  Clifford Hill GP – thirteen on Main Barrage Lake, 09.25, also Jack Snipe, Common Sandpiper, plus 2 Greenshanks flew east

24 Apr  Whimbrel  Hollowell Res – four and the Bar-tailed Godwit flew south toward dam, 09.10

24 Apr  Whimbrel  DIRFT 3 – one on A5 Pools, 09.10, also 3 Greenshanks

24 Apr  Whimbrel  Hollowell Res – four still, in sheep field, south-east of feeder stream, 09.00, also Bar-tailed Godwit still

24 Apr  Whimbrel  Hollowell Res – four on grass, north-west of Guilsborough Bay Point, also Bar-tailed Godwit, 08.35, also Redshank and Common Sandpiper

24 Apr  Spotted Redshank  Summer Leys LNR – still in Wader Bay, 08.30, also Bar-tailed Godwit on Round Island and 10+ Little Gulls

24 Apr  Whimbrel  Stanford Res – one flew toward the dam, 08.25

24 Apr  Marsh Harrier  Stanford Res – one, mobile about the site, 07.50

FRIday 23rd APRIL

23 Apr  Little Gull  Thrapston GP – one still on Town Lake, 20.20, also several Arctic Terns

23 Apr  Little Gull  Pitsford Res – at least 40 still north of causeway, 19.00

23 Apr  Little Gull  Stanwick GP – approximately 20 flew north-east, 18.50

23 Apr  Little Gull  Stanwick GP – five flew north-east, 18.26

23 Apr  Avocet  Clifford Hill GP – one by the sluice on Main Barrage Lake, 18.15 but no Little Gulls

23 Apr  Little Gull  Thrapston GP – two on Town Lake, 17.20

23 Apr  Little Gull  Stanford Res – five, 17.00

23 Apr  Little Gull  Pitsford Res – seventy-five north of causeway, 16.50 

23 Apr  Little Gull  Clifford Hill GP – twenty-six still on Main Barrage Lake, 16.40, also 2 Bar-tailed Godwits still, third-summer Yellow-legged Gull and male Northern Wheatear

23 Apr  harrier sp.  Pitsford Res – probable adult male Pallid Harrier (and hybrid not ruled out) seen briefly in flight south-east over causeway, 16.25

23 Apr  Spotted Redshank  Pitsford Res – one flew over the causeway and into Scaldwell Bay, 15.55

23 Apr  Spotted Redshank  Summer Leys LNR – still present, 15.00, also c.19 Little Gulls and adult Mediterranean Gull

23 Apr  Little Gull  Pitsford Res – fifty-five north of causeway, 14.50, also Arctic Tern 

23 Apr  Little Gull  Clifford Hill GP – approximately 26 still on Main Barrage Lake, 14.15, also 2 Bar-tailed Godwits still and 4 Arctic Terns

23 Apr  Little Gull  Stanford Res – two adults, 14.05

23 Apr  Little Gull  Pitsford Res – approximately 40 north of causeway, 13.55 

23 Apr  Little Gull  Pitsford Res – approximately 27 north of causeway, 13.45 

23 Apr  Pied Flycatcher  Earls Barton GP – one at the rear of Mary’s Lake, near small bridge, 13.30

23 Apr  Arctic Tern  Sywell CP – two, 13.00

23 Apr  Little Gull  Clifford Hill GP – approximately 26 on Main Barrage Lake, 13.00, also 2 Bar-tailed Godwits still

23 Apr  Spotted Redshank  Summer Leys LNR – still present, in Wader Bay, 13.00, also at least 16 Little Gulls, plus adult Mediterranean Gull

23 Apr  Shag  Daventry CP – first-winter still, 12.30

23 Apr  Pied Flycatcher  Kelmarsh Hall – male, 12.20; no public access

23 Apr  Little Gull  Summer Leys LNR – eleven adults on Main lake, 11.20, also Spotted Redshank still

23 Apr  Common Redstart  Sywell CP – male near car park, 11.00

23 Apr  Garganey  Pitsford Res – two (one drake) still in Scaldwell Bay this morning, also Great Egret

23 Apr  Spotted Redshank  Summer Leys LNR – still present, in Wader Bay area, 10.35

23 Apr  Little Gull  Clifford Hill GP – sixteen (12 adults) on Main Barrage Lake, 10.30, also 2 Bar-tailed Godwits still in NE corner and Common Sandpiper

23 Apr  Little Gull  Summer Leys LNR – nine adults from Pioneer Hide, 09.35

23 Apr  Bar-tailed Godwit  DIRFT 3 – male on A5 Pools, 09.30, also Ringed Plover, 2 Greenshanks, first-winter Caspian Gull and 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (adult and first-winter)

23 Apr  Bar-tailed Godwit  Clifford Hill GP – two still in the north-eastern corner of Main Barrage Lake, 08.50, also 2 Northern Wheatears and White Wagtail on the southern side

23 Apr  Common Swift  Stanwick GP – one over A45 Lay-by Pit, 08.15: the first spring record

23 Apr  Spotted Redshank  Summer Leys LNR – one again, on Fisherman’s Point, 07.40

23 Apr  White-fronted Goose  Stanford Res – one on pool in weedy field at the inflow end, 07.30, also Great Egret in Blowers Lodge Bay

23 Apr  Bar-tailed Godwit  Stanwick GP – one on Main Lake before flying north-east, 06.50, also 2 Green Sandpipers

THURSday 22nd APRIL

22 Apr  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – four on Main Lake today

22 Apr  Little Gull  Pitsford Res – three (2 adults + first-summer) still north of causeway, 19.25, also Green Sandpiper

22 Apr  Little Gull  Pitsford Res – three (2 adults + first-summer) north of causeway, 16.45

22 Apr  Arctic Tern  Boddington Res – at least 12, still this afternoon, also 5 Bar-tailed Godwits flew north, 15.57

22 Apr  Bar-tailed Godwit  Clifford Hill GP – six still on the north side of Main Barrage Lake, 14.25

22 Apr  Bar-tailed Godwit  Clifford Hill GP – six still on the north side of Main Barrage Lake, 13.05, also 2 Northern Wheatears on the south side

22 Apr  Whimbrel  Summer Leys LNR – two reported, 11.56

22 Apr  Shag  Daventry CP – first-winter still, 11.50, also 2 Pintails and 2 Common Snipes

22 Apr  Arctic Tern  Boddington Res – fifteen, 10.55

22 Apr  Spotted Redshank  Summer Leys LNR – one seen from Screen Hide, 10.40, though mobile

22 Apr  Avocet  Pitsford Res – the three in Scaldwell Bay flew north-west at 10.27

22 Apr  Bar-tailed Godwit  Clifford Hill GP – six in the north-eastern corner of Main Barrage Lake, 10.05, also Common Sandpiper and White Wagtail

22 Apr  Blue-headed Wagtail  Summer Leys LNR – unconfirmed report of female (no location details), 09.50

22 Apr  Avocet  Pitsford Res – three in Scaldwell Bay, 09.40

22 Apr  Bar-tailed Godwit  Summer Leys LNR – eleven on bank behind the scrape, 08.40, also Common Sandpiper

22 Apr  Osprey  Hollowell Res – one this morning

22 Apr  Shag  Daventry CP – first-winter still on tern raft off dam, 07.55

22 Apr  Northern Wheatear  Borough Hill – one

22 Apr  Arctic Tern  Stanwick GP – one, 07.15, also Greenshank

22 Apr  Greenshank  Stanford Res – one on the dam, briefly, 06.55

WEDNESday 21st APRIL

21 Apr  Bar-tailed Godwit  Clifford Hill GP – three still on Main Barrage Lake, 19.45, also 2 Dunlins still

21 Apr  Arctic Tern  Stanwick GP – sixteen flew north-east over Main Lake, 18.50

21 Apr  Arctic Tern  Thrapston GP – at least 4 on Town Lake, 17.45

21 Apr  Arctic Tern  Stanwick GP – one on A45 Lay-by Pit, 17.40

21 Apr  Arctic Tern  Thrapston GP – one on Aldwincle Lake, 17.30, then flew north-east: the first spring record

21 Apr  Ruff  DIRFT 3 – one this morning, also third-winter Yellow-legged Gull

21 Apr  Shag  Daventry CP – first-winter still this morning

21 Apr  Northern Wheatear  Wicksteed Park – one in the camping field this morning

21 Apr  Little Gull  Pitsford Res – adult in Pintail Bay, 09.15

⊗ 21 Apr  Ring-necked Duck  Clifford Hill GP – no sign of drake this morning; 3 Bar-tailed Godwits still in north-east corner of Main Barrage Lake, 08.55, also 2 Dunlins and Northern Wheatear

TUESday 20TH APRIL

20 Apr  Ring-necked Duck  Clifford Hill GP – drake still, on Deep Water Lake, 17.30, also 3 Bar-tailed Godwits still and Dunlin on northern shore of Main Barrage Lake

20 Apr  Black Tern  Thrapston GP – at least one still on Town Lake, at the sailing club end, 16.30

20 Apr  Merlin  Boddington Res – male flew low north-west over sheep field on west side, 15.30

20 Apr  Bar-tailed Godwit  Clifford Hill GP – three on the northern shore of Main Barrage Lake, 14.55, also Dunlin

20 Apr  Black Tern  Thrapston GP – two on Town Lake, 13.40, also Greenshank on Aldwincle Lake

20 Apr  Common Redstart  Honey Hill – female in hedge by Jurassic Way marker stone, 09.35

20 Apr  Whimbrel  Summer Leys LNR – one on the scrape, briefly, 09.20

20 Apr  Shag  Daventry CP – first-winter still, 09.00

20 Apr  Osprey  Stanford Res – one flew over, 08.30

20 Apr  Whimbrel  Stanwick GP – one on A45 Lay-by Pit, 08.20, before flying north

20 Apr  Garganey  Pitsford Res – two (one drake) still by feeding station in Scaldwell Bay, 08.20 

20 Apr  Osprey  Thrapston GP – one flew north, 07.20, also 3 Great Egrets

MONday 19TH APRIL

19 Apr  Northern Wheatear  Borough Hill – two, 20.05

19 Apr  Black-tailed Godwit  Summer Leys LNR – one on the scrape, 18.05

19 Apr  Ring-necked Duck  Clifford Hill GP – drake still, on Deep Water Lake, 17.15, also 3 Bar-tailed Godwits on southern shore of Main Barrage Lake

19 Apr  Little Gull  Summer Leys LNR – still on Main lake, 12.20

19 Apr  Common Redstart  Northampton – male at Kingsthorpe Meadows this morning

19 Apr  Shag  Daventry CP – first-winter still, 09.40

19 Apr  Little Gull  Summer Leys LNR – on at the eastern end of Main lake, 07.20

19 Apr  Whimbrel  Summer Leys LNR – one on the scrape, 06.35, then flew to Main Lake: the first spring record

SUNday 18TH APRIL

18 Apr  Ring-necked Duck  Clifford Hill GP – drake still, on Main Barrage Lake, 17.10, also Great Egret

18 Apr  Ring Ouzel  Boddington Res – male still east of the reservoir, from footpath from Byfield to Aston le Walls, in fields below derelict barn, 18.50, approximately 1 km south-west of Byfield village

18 Apr  Ring-necked Duck  Clifford Hill GP – drake still on Main Barrage Lake, 17.10, also Great Egret

18 Apr  Ring Ouzel  Honey Hill – two, still, 16.40, along hedgerow at bottom of sloping sheep field alongside Jurassic Way footpath, 52.3882, -1.0672

18 Apr  Shag  Daventry CP – first-winter still on tern raft, off dam, 12.40, also adult Caspian Gull, briefly

18 Apr  Ring Ouzel  Honey Hill – two, still, 12.00, in sloping sheep field alongside Jurassic Way footpath, 52.3882, -1.0672

18 Apr  Shag  Daventry CP – first-winter on tern raft, off dam, 11.05 

18 Apr  Ring Ouzel  Honey Hill – two, still, 11.05, in sloping sheep field alongside Jurassic Way footpath

18 Apr  Garganey  Pitsford Res – two (one drake) still in Scaldwell Bay, 11.00, also Great Egret, plus 3 Curlews over

18 Apr  Garden Warbler  Summer Leys LNR – one along the old railway track, 10.25, adjacent to the reserve and behind Mary’s Lake: the first spring record

18 Apr  Northern Wheatear  Honey Hill – three, 09.50

18 Apr  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – one on North Lake, 08.40, also drake Garganey

18 Apr  Ring Ouzel  Honey Hill – two, 08.15, in sloping sheep field alongside Jurassic Way footpath, also Brambling

18 Apr  Ring Ouzel  Honey Hill – male, 08.05, no precise location details, also Ruddy Shelduck flew over

18 Apr  Garganey  Stanwick GP – drake on Main Lake

SATURday 17TH APRIL

17 Apr  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – again on the northern shore on Aldwincle Lake, 17.25, also Greenshank still

17 Apr  Bar-tailed Godwit  Thrapston GP – still on the northern scrape on Aldwincle Lake, 15.50, also Greenshank still

17 Apr  Common Redstart  Harrington AF – one still, on grassy strip, south-east of 1st Bunker, 13.15, also male Northern Wheatear in field 300 m east of entrance to concrete track, just north of Draughton Road 

17 Apr  Little Gull  Summer Leys LNR – adult, still, from Pioneer Hide, 13.10

17 Apr  Ring-necked Duck  Clifford Hill GP – drake still, on Main Barrage Lake, 12.50

17 Apr  European Bee-eater  Summer Leys LNR – one flew west, 12.10, calling three times (heard only)

17 Apr  Garganey  Pitsford Res – two (one drake) still in Scaldwell Bay this morning

17 Apr  Ring Ouzel  Harrington AF – one still in bushes on Old Airstrip between Chippings Compound and 1st Bunker this morning, also Common Redstart and several Bramblings

17 Apr  Grasshopper Warbler  Thrapston GP – one at the southern end of Titchmarsh LNR, 10.35: the first spring record

17 Apr  Little Gull  Summer Leys LNR – adult, from feeding station, 09.50

17 Apr  Ring Ouzel  Earls Barton GP – male still, in field next to pony field adjacent to ARC Pit/Summer Leys LNR, 09.35

17 Apr  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – two (one drake) on the scrape, 09.15, also Black-tailed Godwit 

17 Apr  Mediterranean Gull  Earls Barton GP – adult flew toward Summer Leys LNR, 08.40

17 Apr  Glossy Ibis  Stanwick GP – first-winter flew north-east, 08.25

17 Apr  Bar-tailed Godwit  Thrapston GP – still on the northern scrape on Aldwincle Lake, 08.10, also Greenshank still

17 Apr  Ring Ouzel  Earls Barton GP – male in pony field adjacent to ARC Pit/Summer Leys LNR, 08.05

FRIday 16TH APRIL

16 Apr  Ring Ouzel  Boddington Res – male east of the reservoir, from footpath from Byfield to Aston le Walls, in fields below derelict barn, 16.30, approximately 1 km south-west of Byfield village

16 Apr  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – two flew south-west over Main Lake, 15.45

16 Apr  Ring Ouzel  Upton – one on wasteland to north of former A4500 lay-by, 15.30, at c 52.237, -0.965

16 Apr  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – still north of the dam, between Yacht Club Bay and Pintail Bay, 15.20

16 Apr  Ring Ouzel  Harrington AF – one still in bushes on Old Airstrip between Chippings Compound and 1st Bunker this afternoon, also c.10 Bramblings

16 Apr  Common Redstart  Eydon – male along dismantled railway at approximately 52.1556, -1.2043 south-east of bridleway bridge over the railway line, 14.45

16 Apr  Blue-headed Wagtail  Summer Leys LNR – female (or Channel-type hybrid) again in ploughed field behind Paul Britten Hide, 14.35

16 Apr  Garganey  Pitsford Res – drake in Scaldwell Bay, from Willows Hide, 14.30

16 Apr  Bar-tailed Godwit  Thrapston GP – one on the northern scrape on Aldwincle Lake, 14.25, also Greenshank

16 Apr  Ring Ouzel  Harrington AF – one still in bushes on Old Airstrip between Chippings Compound and 1st Bunker this morning, also c.45 Golden Plovers and male Common Redstart

16 Apr  Hen Harrier  Stanwick GP – a ‘ringtail’ flew south-west, 09.40

16 Apr  Woodlark  Onley – one flew north, 08.40

16 Apr  Black-tailed Godwit  Summer Leys LNR – one on the scrape, 08.10

16 Apr  Water Pipit  Pitsford Res – one flew east over Holcot Bay, 06.40 

16 Apr  Mediterranean Gull  Summer Leys LNR – two adults, 05.50 also Curlew

THURSday 15TH APRIL

15 Apr  Osprey  Stanwick GP – one flew high north, 16.25

15 Apr  Common Redstart  Fawsley Park – male along fence at the top of the track past The Granary, 16.20

15 Apr  Common Scoter  Pitsford Res – two still, in The Narrows, 16.15

15 Apr  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – still in Pintail Bay, 15.40, also 2 Garganeys (one drake) flew toward causeway from Moulton Grange Bay and drake Scaup still off the dam

15 Apr  White Wagtail  Earls Barton GP – six on New Workings (North), 14.50, also Green Sandpiper

15 Apr  Cattle Egret  Ditchford GP – one on Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows LNR this morning, also Black-tailed Godwit and Greenshank

13 Apr  Ring-necked Duck  Clifford Hill GP – drake still, on Main Barrage Lake, 11.30, also Common Sandpiper

15 Apr  Common Redstart  Hinton AF – male, 11.10, also female Northern Wheatear

15 Apr  Short-eared Owl  Harrington AF – one by 1st Bunker, 10.10 also Northern Wheatear by 3rd Bunker

15 Apr  Blue-headed Wagtail  Summer Leys LNR – male again reported in ploughed field behind Paul Britten Hide, 09.43

15 Apr  Ring Ouzel  Harrington AF – one still, by Shooting Wall, 09.55, also male Common Redstart

15 Apr  Ring Ouzel  Harrington AF – one still, in bushes on Old Airstrip between Chippings Compound and 1st Bunker, 08.25, also two Common Redstarts

15 Apr  Glossy Ibis  Stanwick GP – first-winter flew north-east, 08.05

15 Apr  Northern Wheatear  Hollowell Res – one on the dam, 08.05

WEDNESday 14TH APRIL

14 Apr  Common Scoter  Pitsford Res – two still, visible distantly from the dam, 19.10

14 Apr  White Wagtail  Hollowell Res – one on the dam this evening

14 Apr  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – one in Pintail Bay, 17.10, also 2 Common Scoters between The Pines and Pintail Bay, plus drake Scaup in Moulton Grange Bay

14 Apr  Cuckoo  Southwick Wood – one this morning: the first spring record

14 Apr  Ring Ouzel  Harrington AF – one still, in bushes on Old Airstrip between Chippings Compound and 1st Bunker, 12.30

⊗ 14 Apr  Ring Ouzel  Brampton Valley Way – no further sign by midday of one reported in a pony field by car park at Draughton Crossing 52.3886, -0.8918

14 Apr  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – two (one drake) still on the scrape at midday, also Great Egret, 17 Common Snipes and 2 Mediterranean Gulls (adult and second-summer)

14 Apr  Ring Ouzel  Harrington AF – one still, in bushes on Old Airstrip between Chippings Compound and 1st Bunker, 11.10, also 2 Northern Wheatears

14 Apr  Common Redstart  Daventry CP – a male in hedge bordering horse paddock on the east side, 10.15

14 Apr  Osprey  Pitsford Res – one in Scaldwell Bay, 09.50, also 2 Garganeys still and Great Egret from Bird Club Hide

14 Apr  Ring Ouzel  Brampton Valley Way – one in a pony field by car park at Draughton Crossing 52.3886, -0.8918

14 Apr  Common Redstart  Harrington AF – another male, 08.30, in bushes along concrete track near Shooting Wall, also 40 Golden Plovers and 12+ Bramblings

14 Apr  Glossy Ibis  Stanwick GP – first-winter flew north-east, 08.10

14 Apr  Ring Ouzel  Harrington AF – one still, in bushes on Old Airstrip between Chippings Compound and 1st Bunker, 07.55, also male Common Redstart

14 Apr  Ring Ouzel  Harrington AF – one in bushes on Draughton Road, 07.25, 200 m west of Chippings Compound, before flying to trees 200 m south of there

TUESday 13TH APRIL

13 Apr  Ring Ouzel  Earls Barton GP – male still, two fields east of Mary’s Lane, 19.30

13 Apr  White Wagtail  Stanwick GP – one on Main Lake, 17.15

13 Apr  Ring Ouzel  Earls Barton GP – male still, two fields east of Mary’s Lane, 17.10

13 Apr  Reed Warbler  Stanwick GP – one in pools by car park, 16.40

13 Apr  Reed Warbler  Summer Leys LNR – one singing near the feeding station, 16.00: the first spring record

13 Apr  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – first-winter, still, 15.00

13 Apr  ‘Channel’ Wagtail  Clifford Hill GP – one on shoreline in south-east corner of Main Barrage Lake, 13.35, also 3 White Wagtails

13 Apr  Ring Ouzel  Earls Barton GP – male still, one field east of Mary’s Lane, 12.50

13 Apr  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – first-winter again on shoreline of Aldwincle Lake, viewed from North Hide, 12.30

13 Apr  White Wagtail  Earls Barton Hill GP – one on New Workings (North), 12.00, also Common Sandpiper

13 Apr  Ring Ouzel  Earls Barton GP – male still, two fields east of Mary’s Lane, on grassy strip along western side of tilled field, viewed from minor road from Wollaston to Great Doddington, 11.15, also Mediterranean Gull on Gull Island at adjacent Summer Leys LNR

13 Apr  Common Redstart  Hinton AF – one/two male(s), 10.00, also Curlew and 2 Northern Wheatears

13 Apr  Ring Ouzel  Earls Barton GP – male still, two fields east of Mary’s Lane, on grassy strip along western side of tilled field, viewed from minor road from Wollaston to Great Doddington, 09.35, also male Blue-headed Wagtail in adjacent field plus ‘Channel’-type/Blue-headed hybrid

13 Apr  Black Redstart  Long Buckby – one in sheep paddock at the bottom of The Banks, 09.35

13 Apr  White Wagtail  Clifford Hill GP – one, 08.55

13 Apr  Ring Ouzel  Earls Barton GP – male again, two fields east of Mary’s Lane, on grassy strip along western side of tilled field, viewed from minor road from Wollaston to Great Doddington, 08.50

13 Apr  Blue-headed Wagtail  Summer Leys LNR – male still in ploughed field behind Paul Britten Hide, 08.35

13 Apr  Osprey  Pitsford Res – one fishing in Scaldwell Bay, 08.35, also Green Sandpiper

13 Apr  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – four (2 drakes) still on the scrape, 08.15

13 Apr  Ring-necked Duck  Clifford Hill GP – drake still, on Main Barrage Lake, 08.10, also 4 Ringed Plovers, Redshank and Common Sandpiper

13 Apr  Ring Ouzel  Earls Barton GP – male still, 07.25, in flight over ploughed field behind Paul Britten Hide (Summer Leys LNR)

13 Apr  Garganey  Pitsford Res – two (one drake) still in Scaldwell Bay, near Feeding Station, 05.50

MONday 12TH APRIL

12 Apr  Ring Ouzel  Earls Barton GP – male still showing well until dusk, two fields east of Mary’s Lane, on grassy strip along western side of tilled field, viewed from minor road from Wollaston to Great Doddington

12 Apr  Ring Ouzel  Earls Barton GP – male showing well in ploughed field to east of Mary’s Lane. 18.50

12 Apr  Blue-headed Wagtail  Summer Leys LNR – male still with showing well in ploughed field behind Paul Britten Hide, 18.50

⊗ 12 Apr  Blue-headed Wagtail  Earls Barton GP – male on New Workings (North) reidentified as ‘Channel’ Wagtail

12 Apr  Common Redstart  Hinton AF – male plus 2 Northern Wheatears, 18.05

12 Apr  Northern Wheatear  Clifford Hill GP – male on south side of Main Barrage Lake, 17.30

12 Apr  Blue-headed Wagtail  Earls Barton GP – male with 3 Yellow Wagtails, on New Workings (North), 16.45, visible from Breedons gateway, just off the A45, also 2 Redshanks, Green Sandpiper and Common Sandpiper

12 Apr  Blue-headed Wagtail  Summer Leys LNR – male still with 5 Yellow Wagtails, showing well in corner of in ploughed field behind Paul Britten Hide, 16.40, also 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls

12 Apr  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – two (one drake) still on small lake by River Nene, just south of Wollaston Lock, 16.30

12 Apr  Ring-necked Duck  Clifford Hill GP – drake still, on Main Barrage Lake, 14.45, also 4 Ringed Plovers and White Wagtail

12 Apr  Blue-headed Wagtail  Summer Leys LNR – male again with Yellow Wagtails, showing well in corner of in ploughed field behind Paul Britten Hide, 13.50

12 Apr  Garganey  Pitsford Res – two (one drake) still in Scaldwell Bay, near Feeding Station, 10.20

12 Apr  Mediterranean Gull  Summer Leys LNR – two adults flew over Pioneer Hide, 09.30

12 Apr  Common Redstart  Harrington AF – male, 09.10, three-quarters of its length from the entrance, near Shooting Wall and trackside bunker

12 Apr  Ring-necked Duck  Clifford Hill GP – drake still on Main Barrage Lake, 09.10

12 Apr  Smew  Thrapston GP – drake on Aldwincle Lake (Titchmarsh LNR), 09.05

12 Apr  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – four (2 drakes) still on the scrape, 07.50

SUNday 11TH APRIL

11 Apr  Nightingale  Stanwick GP – one near underpass on North Lake this evening: the first spring record

11 Apr  Ring-necked Duck  Clifford Hill GP – drake still, around peninsula of Main Barrage Lake, 13.25

11 Apr  White Wagtail  Earls Barton GP – three on new workings, 12.50

11 Apr  Osprey  Ditchford GP – one flew over Rushden Lakes at midday

11 Apr  Ring-necked Duck  Clifford Hill GP – drake still on south side of Main Barrage Lake, 11.30

11 Apr  Glaucous Gull  DIRFT 3 – juvenile again on A5 Pools, 11.10, from lay-by at 52.3735, -1.1826

11 Apr  White Wagtail  Earls Barton GP – two: one on New Workings (North), second on New Workings (South), 10.40, also Common Sandpiper

11 Apr  Northern Wheatear  Clifford Hill GP – male on the south side of Main Barrage Lake this morning, also 4 Ringed Plovers and Common Sandpiper

11 Apr  Northern Wheatear  Deenethorpe AF – three, 10.00

11 Apr  Garganey  Pitsford Res – two (one drake) in Scaldwell Bay, near Willows Hide, mid-morning

11 Apr  Common Redstart  Summer Leys LNR – male, 09.30

11 Apr  Marsh Harrier  Earls Barton GP – one over New Workings (South), from Whiston Road, 08.40

11 Apr  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – four (2 drakes) again on the scrape, 07.50, also White Wagtail in ploughed field behind Paul Britten Hide

11 Apr  Glossy Ibis  Stanwick GP – flew north-east over Main Lake, 06.45

SATURday 10TH APRIL

10 Apr  Blue-headed Wagtail  Summer Leys LNR – one with 25+ Yellow Wagtails in ploughed field behind Paul Britten Hide, 19.20, also 10+ White Wagtails

10 Apr  Glossy Ibis  Stanwick GP – flew south-west over A45 Lay-by Pit, 19.05, also Great Egret flew north-east and adult Kittiwake, 19.20

10 Apr  Mediterranean Gull  Chelveston AF – adult in sheep field near buildings, 16.45, also 4 Northern Wheatears

10 Apr  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – two (one drake) on small lake by River Nene, just south of Wollaston Lock, 16.35

E  10 Apr  Red-tailed Hawk  Corby – one (escape) on grassy area in Danesholme Road, 13.50, feeding on a feral pigeon

10 Apr  Osprey  Deene Lake – one flew over, early afternoon

10 Apr  Northern Wheatear  Clifford Hill GP – one on the south side, 12.55, also 2 White Wagtails

10 Apr  Osprey  Summer Leys LNR – one flew over the scrape this morning

10 Apr  Osprey  Chapel Brampton – one perched in A5199 roadside tree, just north of Merry Tom Lane, 11.50

10 Apr  Mediterranean Gull  Summer Leys LNR – adult, still, late morning

10 Apr  Osprey  Hollowell Res – one, 11.20, also Common Sandpiper and Crossbill

10 Apr  Tree Pipit  Stanford Res – one flew over the old railway track, 11.10: the first spring record

10 Apr  Common Redstart  Stanford Res – male trapped and ringed, 10.10

10 Apr  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – two (one drake) in Wader Bay before flying to nearby ARC Pit, Earls Barton GP, 10.00

10 Apr  Smew  Thrapston GP – drake on Town Lake, 09.35

10 Apr  Ring-necked Duck  Clifford Hill GP – drake still on Main Barrage Lake, 08.50, also Osprey flew over, 5 Ringed Plovers, Common Sandpiper and White Wagtail

10 Apr  Blue-headed Wagtail  Stanwick GP – one on Main Lake, briefly, 07.25

10 Apr  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – four on small pit between Main Lake and Southern Lakes, 07.15

10 Apr  Hawfinch  Harrington AF – one calling shortly after dawn, also 250 Golden Plovers, 1-2 Common Redstarts and 25+ Bramblings

FRIday 9TH APRIL

09 Apr  Ruff  DIRFT 3 – three still on A5 Pools, today, from lay-by at 52.3735, -1.1826 also 3 Ringed Plovers and White Wagtail

⊗ 09 Apr  Sandwich Tern  Ditchford GP – no sign on Watersports Pit, 15.35

09 Apr  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – four (2 drakes) still on the scrape, 15.20

09 Apr  Spoonbill  Ditchford GP – two flew north-east from Delta Pit toward Stanwick GP, 14.55

09 Apr  Sandwich Tern  Ditchford GP – one still on posts in north-east corner of Watersports Pit, close to Ditchford Lane, 13.30

09 Apr  Spoonbill  Ditchford GP – two still in trees on Delta Pit, close to Cormorant colony, 13.15, also drake Smew still

09 Apr  Osprey  Ravensthorpe Res – one, early afternoon

09 Apr  Spoonbill  Ditchford GP – two in trees on Delta Pit, close to Cormorant colony, 12.35, also drake Smew

09 Apr  Ring-necked Duck  Clifford Hill GP – drake still on Main Barrage Lake this morning

09 Apr  Northern Wheatear  Mawsley – three by track south-east of village, 52.378610, -0.794278, 11.00

09 Apr  Osprey  Pitsford Res – one in Walgrave Bay, 10.55, also Great Egret and c.6 Common Snipes

09 Apr  Sandwich Tern  Ditchford GP – one on posts in north-east corner of Watersports Pit, close to Ditchford Lane, 10.50-11.22

09 Apr  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – four (2 drakes) still on the scrape, 10.45, also Great Egret, female Pintail, and 6+ Common Snipe 

09 Apr  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – four (2 drakes) on the scrape, 07.50

09 Apr  Glossy Ibis  Stanwick GP – flew north-east from Main Lake, 06.50, also Pink-footed Goose on A45 Lay-by Pit, Pintail, plus 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls flew south-west 

THURSday 8TH APRIL

08 Apr  Spoonbill  Stanwick GP – two flew back, north-east, 18.15

08 Apr  Osprey  Harlestone Lake – one toward Althorp, 17.55

08 Apr  Spoonbill  Stanwick GP – two flew south-west, 17.00

08 Apr  White Wagtail  Ravensthorpe Res – two on the dam, 16.35

08 Apr  Glaucous Gull  DIRFT 3 – juvenile still on A5 Pools, 16.10, from lay-by at 52.3735, -1.1826 also 3 Ruff, still, Green Sandpiper, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (second-winter and third-winter) and second-winter Caspian Gull

08 Apr  Spoonbill  Summer Leys LNR – back on the reserve, 15.00

08 Apr  Spoonbill  Summer Leys LNR – two flew west, 13.59

08 Apr  Glaucous Gull  DIRFT 3 – juvenile still on A5 Pools, 12.50, from lay-by at 52.3735, -1.1826 also juvenile Iceland Gull, which then flew north

08 Apr  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – two (one drake) still on the scrape, 11.55

08 Apr  Glaucous Gull  DIRFT 3 – juvenile still on A5 Pools, 11.50, from lay-by at 52.3735, -1.1826 also 3 Ruffs still

08 Apr  Glaucous Gull  DIRFT 3 – juvenile on A5 Pools, 11.15, from lay-by at 52.3735, -1.1826 also 3 Ruffs 

08 Apr  Ring-necked Duck  Clifford Hill GP – drake still on Main Barrage Lake, 10.15, also 3 Ringed Plovers

08 Apr  Osprey  Stortons GP – one flew over, 09.50

08 Apr  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – two (one drake) still on the scrape, 08.30

08 Apr  Ring-necked Duck  Clifford Hill GP – drake still on Main Barrage Lake, 07.35

08 Apr  Glossy Ibis  Stanwick GP – flew from Main Lake toward Thrapston, 07.10 

WEDNESday 7TH APRIL

07 Apr  Avocet  Thrapston GP – two still on Aldwincle Lake scrape, 16.45

07 Apr  Common Sandpiper  Earls Barton GP – one on new workings, 16.45: the first spring record

07 Apr  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – two (one drake) still on the scrape, 16.15

07 Apr  Common Redstart  Fawsley Park – male in sheep fields on the track past The Granary, 16.00 

07 Apr  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – two (one drake) still on the scrape from Paul Britten Hide, 12.50, also 3 adult Mediterranean Gulls

07 Apr  Osprey  Pitsford Res – one in Scaldwell Bay, 10.50, also Great Egret

07 Apr  Avocet  Thrapston GP – two on Aldwincle Lake scrape, 10.30

07 Apr  Glossy Ibis  Stanwick GP – again on Main Lake 08.10, also adult Kittiwake flew north-east from A45 Lay-by Pit, 08.20

TUESday 6TH APRIL

06 Apr  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – two (one drake) still on the scrape, showing well from Paul Britten Hide, 16.30

06 Apr  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – two (one drake) still on the scrape, showing well from Paul Britten Hide, 15.40, also female Pintail by Wader Bay (13.00)

06 Apr  Shag  Daventry CP – two first-winters off the dam, close to blue buoy, 10.00, but not since

06 Apr  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – two (one drake) still on the scrape, 09.55

06 Apr  Greater Scaup  Pitsford Res – drake still, in Moulton Grange Bay, 09.35

06 Apr  Garganey  Summer Leys LNR – two (one drake) on the scrape, 08.15

06 Apr  Crossbill  Hollowell Res – at least 2 in Guilsborough Bay, 07.45

MONday 5TH APRIL

05 Apr  Northern Wheatear  Hollowell Res – one, 17.50, in field on west side

05 Apr  Osprey  Hollowell Res, one 16.20

05 Apr  Northern Wheatear  Harrington AF – one, 14.00, also 40+ Golden Plovers

05 Apr  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – still in horse field behind lay-by on A605, east of Thrapston, before flying toward Titchmarsh LNR, 12.00

⊗ 05 Apr  Kittiwake  Thrapston GP – no sign of adult, 11.40

05 Apr  Mediterranean Gull  Summer Leys LNR – adult, 10.55

05 Apr  Kittiwake  Thrapston GP – adult still, 10.35

05 Apr  Northern Wheatear  Chelveston AF – three, 10.15

05 Apr  Kittiwake  Thrapston GP – adult on island in Aldwincle Lake, 10.00; view from North Hide area

05 Apr  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – again in field behind lay-by on A605, east of Thrapston, 09.10

05 Apr  Greater Scaup  Pitsford Res – drake still, in Moulton Grange Bay, 08.45, also female Greater Scaup x Tufted Duck hybrid and Yellow-legged Gull

05 Apr  Ring-necked Duck  Clifford Hill GP – drake still on Main Barrage Lake, 08.25, also Ringed Plover

05 Apr  Osprey  Hollowell Res, one over, 08.00, also Jack Snipe and Common Snipe

05 Apr  Smew  Stanwick GP – drake on Main Lake, also 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 06.40

SUNday 4TH APRIL

04 Apr  Common Scoter  Scaldwell – a flock sound-recorded in flight, 23.15

04 Apr  Black-tailed Godwit  Summer Leys LNR – three still,on the scrape, 18.30

04 Apr  Merlin  Raunds – a male flew north, 17.30

⊗ 04 Apr  Black Redstart  Chelveston AF – no sign late afternoon, also 4 Northern Wheatears

04 Apr  Mediterranean Gull  Summer Leys LNR – adult, 13.15

04 Apr  Hen Harrier  Kettering – a ‘ringtail’ over A43/A14 Kettering/Northampton junction, 12.30

04 Apr  Black Redstart  Wellingborough – one again in a private garden at midday

04 Apr  Black-tailed Godwit  Ditchford GP – three on Townholme Meadows (Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows LNR), 11.50

04 Apr  Black Redstart  Chelveston AF – one on wooden fence by recycling centre before flying into Bedfordshire, 11.25, also 2 Northern Wheatears

04 Apr  Ring-necked Duck  Clifford Hill GP – drake still on Main Barrage Lake, 11.15, also Ringed Plover

04 Apr  Osprey  Pitsford Res – one north of the causeway flew toward Walgrave, 10.30

04 Apr  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – again on Aldwincle Lake, 10.00, also 4 Great Egrets

04 Apr  Black Redstart  Shutlanger – still along River Tove fenceline, on footpath between Shutlanger and Alderton, 09.50, also male Common Redstart still

04 Apr  Osprey  Hollowell Res – one over, north, 09.20, also Jack Snipe

04 Apr  Greater Scaup  Pitsford Res – drake still, by sailing club, 07.50

04 Apr  Ring-necked Duck  Clifford Hill GP – drake still on Main Barrage Lake, 07.15, also Ringed Plover

⊗ 04 Apr  Smew  Stanwick GP – drake flew off east with Goldeneye, 06.45

04 Apr  Common Whitethroat  Hardingstone GP – one, 06.40: the first spring record

04 Apr  Glossy Ibis  Stanwick GP – still on Main Lake, 06.20, also drake Smew

SATURday 3RD APRIL

03 Apr  Glossy Ibis  Stanwick GP – still on Main Lake, from double-decker hide, 17.00

03 Apr  Black Redstart  Shutlanger – one along River Tove fenceline, on footpath between Shutlanger and Alderton, 16.35, also one male Common Redstart still

03 Apr  Osprey  Thorpe Malsor Res – one, 15.35

03 Apr  Black Redstart  Wellingborough – one in a private garden, mid-afternoon

03 Apr  Osprey  Stanford Res – one flew east over wood by old railway line, 14.15

03 Apr  Dark-bellied Brent Goose  Ditchford GP – one still on meadow adjacent to Otter Lake, Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows LNR, 14.13

03 Apr  Common Redstart  Shutlanger – two males by River Tove, between Shutlanger and Alderton, 13.05

03 Apr  Common Redstart  Shutlanger – male by River Tove, between Shutlanger and Alderton, 12.35

03 Apr  Crossbill  Wakerley Great Wood – one this morning, also Brambling on feeders

⊗ 03 Apr  Water Pipit  Earls Barton GP – no sign of yesterday’s 2 on new workings this morning

03 Apr  Black-tailed Godwit  Summer Leys LNR – three still, in Wader Bay, 10.50

03 Apr  Smew  Ditchford GP – drake again on Skew Bridge Lake, 10.15

03 Apr  Glossy Ibis  Stanwick GP – still on Main Lake, from open-backed hide, 10.00, also 2 Cattle Egrets flew east

03 Apr  Water Pipit  Hollowell Res – one, possibly two, on the dam before flying south, 09.50

03 Apr  Ring-necked Duck  Clifford Hill GP – drake still on Main Barrage Lake, 09.30, also 3 Ringed Plovers and Dunlin

03 Apr  Black-tailed Godwit  Summer Leys LNR – three still, in Wader Bay, 08.00

03 Apr  Glossy Ibis  Stanwick GP – one on Main Lake, showing well from open-backed hide, 06.50

03 Apr  Smew  Stanwick GP – drake still on Main Lake, 06.30

FRIday 2ND APRIL

02 Apr  Kittiwake  Pitsford Res – first-winter flew south-west over Scaldwell Bay, 18.23

02 Apr  White WagtailEarls Barton GP – two on new workings, with Pied Wagtails, 18.20

02 Apr  Osprey  Hollowell Res – one, 18.05

02 Apr  Black-tailed Godwit  Summer Leys LNR – three still, in Wader Bay, 17.10

02 Apr  Greater Scaup  Pitsford Res – drake still, in Moulton Grange Bay, 15.40, also female Greater Scaup x Tufted Duck hybrid

02 Apr  Water Pipit or Scandinavian Rock Pipit  Earls Barton GP – two on new workings, 15.00, on scrape on south side of River Nene, west of the track from Whiston,  just before Whiston Lock

02 Apr  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – still on Aldwincle Lake, at north end, 14.45

⊗ 02 Apr  Whimbrel  Stanwick GP – two on Main Lake, reidentified as Curlew

02 Apr  Water Pipit  Earls Barton GP – unconfirmed report of 2 on new workings, 12.00, but no precise location details

02 Apr  Greater Scaup  Pitsford Res – drake still, off dam, 12.00, also female Greater Scaup x Tufted Duck hybrid and Yellow-legged Gull

02 Apr  Crossbill  Wakerley Great Wood – four this morning

02 Apr  Mealy Redpoll  Wakerley Great Wood – one with Siskins and Lesser Redpolls at feeders in car park, 11.30

02 Apr  White Wagtail  Earls Barton GP – one on new workings, south of River Nene near Whiston Lock, 11.20

02 Apr  Whimbrel  Stanwick GP – two on Main Lake, 10.30: the first spring record

02 Apr  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – still on Aldwincle Lake, at north end, 09.45

02 Apr  Greater Scaup  Pitsford Res – drake still, 09.40

02 Apr  Black-tailed Godwit  Summer Leys LNR – three on the scrape, 09.30

02 Apr  Ring-necked Duck  Clifford Hill GP – drake still on south side of Main Barrage Lake, 09.15  

02 Apr  Dark-bellied Brent Goose  Ditchford GP – one still on meadow adjacent to Otter Lake, Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows LNR, 09.10

02 Apr  Ring-necked Duck  Clifford Hill GP – drake reported again on south side of Main Barrage Lake, 07.50 but no sign of any Garganeys

02 Apr  Marsh Harrier  Stanwick GP – one flew east over reedbed, 07.05, also one east over Main Lake, 07.15 (considered likely to be a second individual)

⊗ 02 Apr Black Redstart  Hanging Houghton – no sign on houses in The Croft this morning, 06.40

02 Apr  Smew  Stanwick GP – drake on Main Lake, 06.40

THURSday 1st APRIL

01 Apr  Black Redstart  Hanging Houghton – one reported on houses in The Croft, late evening

01 Apr  White Wagtail  Aldwincle – one in a ploughed field, 18.00

01 Apr  Little Gull  Thrapston GP – adult still on Town Lake, 17.30

01 Apr  Osprey  Hollowell Res – one, 16.50

01 Apr  Little Gull  Thrapston GP – adult still on Town Lake, 16.25

01 Apr  Pink-footed Goose  Cogenhoe Mill – one with Greylags in meadow between the mill and Billing GP, 16.15

01 Apr  Little Gull  Thrapston GP – adult still on Town Lake, 14.00

01 Apr  Caspian Gull  DIRFT 3 – first-winter on A5 pools, early afternoon, also first-winter Caspian Gull-type hybrid, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (adult and third-winter) and Dunlin

01 Apr  Garganey  Clifford Hill GP – three (2 drakes) in south-west corner of Main Barrage Lake, late morning, also Ringed Plover and Redshank on north shore

01 Apr  Greater Scaup  Pitsford Res – drake still, off sailing club, 11.40, also female Greater Scaup x Tufted Duck hybrid and Yellow-legged Gull

01 Apr  Yellow Wagtail  Clifford Hill GP – male in south-west corner of Main Barrage Lake, 10.20: the first spring record

01 Apr  Mediterranean Gull  Summer Leys LNR – adult still, mid-morning, also Ringed Plover

01 Apr  Garganey  Clifford Hill GP – four (2 drakes) on south side of Main Barrage Lake, close to peninsula, 09.30: the first spring record

01 Apr  Greater Scaup  Pitsford Res – drake still, off dam, 08.40, also Curlew flew north

01 Apr  Little Gull  Thrapston GP – adult on Town Lake, 08.20, also Curlew over

01 Apr  Sandwich Tern  Stanwick GP – two flew east, 07.00

WEDNESday 31st March

31 Mar  Ring-necked Duck  Clifford Hill GP – drake on south side of Main Barrage Lake, 15.30

31 Mar  Black-necked Grebe  Ditchford GP – one still on Dragonfly Lake, Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows LNR, 15.00

31 Mar  Avocet  Summer Leys LNR – two still, on Round Island, 14.30

31 Mar  Common Redstart  Harrington AF – male along main track near old shooting wall, 12.00

31 Mar  Common Redstart  Borough Hill – male reported briefly this morning

31 Mar  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – still on Aldwincle Lake, at north end, 10.45, also 4-5 Great Egrets and Peregrine

31 Mar  Little Gull  Daventry CP – adult or second-winter, 10.05

31 Mar  Black-necked Grebe  Ditchford GP – one on Dragonfly Lake, Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows LNR, 09.40

31 Mar  Dark-bellied Brent Goose  Ditchford GP – one again on Otter Lake, Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows LNR, 09.15

31 Mar  Avocet  Summer Leys LNR – two again this morning, initially on the scrape before flying to Round Island, 09.00, also adult Mediterranean Gull

31 Mar  Black-tailed Godwit  Stanwick GP – three flew in to Main Lake, 08.55

31 Mar  Sandwich Tern  Stanford Res – two flew east, 08.00

31 Mar  Black-tailed Godwit  Summer Leys LNR – three on the scrape, 07.15

TUESday 30TH March

30 Mar  Northern Wheatear  Harrington AF – male this evening, also 25 Golden Plovers, 2 Common Snipes and Brambling

30 Mar  Hobby  Hollowell – one flew north over the village, 18.05: the first spring record

30 Mar  Northern Wheatear  Brackley – female on muck heap along Hinton Road, 500 m west of A422, 17.05

30 Mar  Ring-necked Duck  Stanwick GP – drake still on Main Lake, 15.40

30 Mar  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – still on Aldwincle Lake, at north end of scrapes, 15.20

30 Mar  Northern Wheatear  Harrington AF – two males still, 14.00, also Jack Snipe and Brambling

30 Mar  Avocet  Summer Leys LNR – two still on the scrape, 13.00

30 Mar  Water Pipit  Hollowell Res – one on sheep pasture, Guilsborough Bay Point for ten minutes before flying north, 12.00

30 Mar  Ring-necked Duck  Stanwick GP – drake on Main Lake, 11.15, also Sedge Warbler – the first spring record

30 Mar  Avocet  Summer Leys LNR – two on the scrape, late morning, also 30+ Common Snipes

30 Mar  Northern Wheatear  Polebrook AF – two, 10.55

30 Mar  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – again on Aldwincle Lake, by Sand Martin bank, 10.45

30 Mar  Northern Wheatear  Harrington AF – two males still at 2nd Bunker, 09.30

30 Mar  Crossbill  Pitsford Res – one in Christie’s Copse, 08.40

30 Mar  Greater Scaup  Pitsford Res – drake still, off dam, 08.30

30 Mar  Jack Snipe  Hollowell Res – one still, 08.00, also Great Egret and 2 Common Snipes

30 Mar  Ring-necked Duck  Stanwick GP – drake still on Main Lake, 07.05 then flew south-west

MONday 29TH March

29 Mar  Northern Wheatear  Hinton AF – nine (8 males) this evening,

29 Mar  Northern Wheatear  Stanford Res – one, 18.15

29 Mar  Avocet  Ditchford GP – two still, on western island of Otter Lake (Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows LNR), 17.50

29 Mar  Osprey  Ravensthorpe Res – one, 16.30

29 Mar  Northern Wheatear  Harrington AF – two males at 2nd Bunker, 16.00

29 Mar  Avocet  Ditchford GP – two still, on Otter Lake (Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows LNR), 14.00

29 Mar  Northern Wheatear  Clifford Hill GP – male on south side of the Main Barrage Lake, in third field east of the Premier Inn, 11.30

29 Mar  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – on Aldwincle Lake, by Sand Martin bank, 11.10

29 Mar  Greater Scaup  Pitsford Res – drake still, off dam, 09.50, also apparent female Greater Scaup x Tufted Duck hybrid still

29 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Summer Leys LNR – three adults, 09.25

29 Mar  Northern Wheatear  Clifford Hill GP – five on the south side of the Main Barrage Lake, 09.15

29 Mar  Crossbill  Hollowell Res – two-four behind Guilsborough Bay, 07.25

SUNday 28TH March

28 Mar  Ring-necked Duck  Stanwick GP – drake still on Main Lake, 16.40, also 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls

28 Mar  Northern Wheatear  Thrapston GP – one in field adjacent to Willowbrook Fishing Lake, 14.35

28 Mar  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – four still on Roadside Lake, 13.00

28 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Summer Leys LNR – two (adult and first-winter) on the scrape, 10.35

28 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Summer Leys LNR – first-winter on the scrape, 10.25, also Black-tailed Godwit

28 Mar  Willow Warbler  Northampton – male singing in Cavendish Drive, 09.40: the first spring record

28 Mar  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – still in horse field behind lay-by on A605, immediately east of Thrapston, 09.00

28 Mar  Smew  Stanwick GP – drake on North Central Lake, 08.50

28 Mar  Ring-necked Duck  Stanwick GP – drake again on Main Lake, 07.35, also Black-tailed Godwit

SATURday 27TH March

27 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Burton Latimer – two adults in field with Black-headed Gulls at Isebrook Bridge 52.350931, -0.683534 this evening

27 Mar  White Wagtail  Earls Barton GP – one on new workings near Whiston Lock, 17.30, also 2 Green Sandpipers

27 Mar  Osprey  Ravensthorpe Res – one still fishing, 17.00

27 Mar  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – still in horse field behind lay-by on A605, immediately east of Thrapston, late afternoon

27 Mar  Osprey  Ravensthorpe Res – one (from Hollowell Res), fishing, 16.25

27 Mar  Osprey  Hollowell Res – one flew west toward Ravensthorpe Res, 16.15, also Jack Snipe and 5 Crossbills

27 Mar  Northern Wheatear  Harrington AF – male at 2nd Bunker, 15.25

27 Mar  Northern Wheatear  Clifford Hill GP – four on the south side of the Main Barrage Lake, 15.10

27 Mar  Ring-necked Duck  Stanwick GP – drake again on Main Lake, near pontoon, 14.40

27 Mar  Avocet  Ditchford GP – two still, on Townholme Meadows (Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows LNR), 12.50, as viewed from bottom of Lime Street, Irthlingborough

27 Mar  Northern Wheatear  Chelveston AF – one at the southern end, near white tanker, 11.30

27 Mar  Northern Wheatear  Clifford Hill GP – three, late morning

27 Mar  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – reported from Aldwincle Lake, 10.47

27 Mar  Avocet  Ditchford GP – two still, on Townholme Meadows (Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows LNR), 10.00, as viewed from Lime Street, Irthlingborough

27 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Summer Leys LNR – three adults on Gull Island, 10.10, also Black-tailed Godwit in Wader Bay

27 Mar  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – four on Roadside Lake, 10.00

27 Mar  Smew  Ditchford GP – drake still on Delta Pit, 09.45

27 Mar  Osprey  Pitsford Res – one north of the causeway, 09.40, also Great Egret

27 Mar  Avocet  Ditchford GP – two (not 3, as previously reported) on the island in Otter Lake (Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows LNR), 08.40, as viewed from Greenway

27 Mar  Northern Wheatear  Clifford Hill GP – two on the southern side of the Main Barrage Lake, 09.15

27 Mar  Osprey  Billing GP – one over Ecton Lake, 09.10

27 Mar  Avocet  Ditchford GP – three reported from the eastern (A6) end of Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows LNR, 08.40

27 Mar  Osprey  Pitsford Res – one fishing in Scaldwell Bay, 07.30-07.35, then flew north

FRIday 26TH March

26 Mar  Northern Wheatear  Clifford Hill GP – still on the north shore of the Main Barrage Lake, 16.00, c.50 m from wier bridge 

26 Mar  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – still in horse field behind lay-by on A605, immediately east of Thrapston, 16.00

26 Mar  White-fronted Goose  Stanford Res – first-winter still, 14.30

26 Mar  Common Tern  Thrapston GP – one at the north-east end of Town Lake, 14.20: the first spring record

⊗ 26 Mar  Avocet  Ditchford GP – no further sign of this morning’s two on Otter Lake (Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows LNR), 13.15

26 Mar  Greater Scaup  Pitsford Res – drake still, off dam, 11.05, also apparent female Greater Scaup x Tufted Duck hybrid still

26 Mar  Avocet  Ditchford GP – two on the east island on Otter Lake (Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows LNR), 10.25

26 Mar  Avocet  Ditchford GP – one on the east island on Otter Lake (Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows LNR), 10.05

26 Mar  Northern Wheatear  Clifford Hill GP – one on the north shore of the Main Barrage Lake, 10.00

26 Mar  Greater Scaup  Pitsford Res – drake still off dam, near overflow, 09.40, also apparent female Greater Scaup x Tufted Duck hybrid still plus Yellow-legged Gull

26 Mar  Dark-bellied Brent Goose  Ditchford GP – one still, on meadow behind Dragonfly Lake (Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows), 09.30

26 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Stanwick GP – two adults on Main Lake, 08.30

THURSday 25TH March

25 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Stanwick GP – two adults 17.40

25 Mar  Black-tailed Godwit  Summer Leys LNR – still on the scrape this afternoon

25 Mar  Ring-necked Duck  Ditchford GP – drake still on Big Lake, 14.20

25 Mar  Greater Scaup  Pitsford Res – drake still, off dam, 14.00, also apparent female Greater Scaup x Tufted Duck hybrid still

25 Mar  Osprey  Pitsford Res – one in Scaldwell Bay, early afternoon

25 Mar  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – again in horse field behind lay-by on A605, immediately east of Thrapston, 11.40

25 Mar  Osprey  Ravensthorpe Res – one over the causeway, 11.35

25 Mar  Caspian Gull  Boddington Res – first-winter, 11.20

25 Mar  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – again in horse field behind lay-by on A605, immediately east of Thrapston, 10.30

25 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Summer Leys LNR – adult still on Gull Island, 08.30

25 Mar  Black-tailed Godwit  Summer Leys LNR – one still on the scrape, 08.05, also 34 Common Snipes

25 Mar  White-fronted Goose  Stanford Res – first-winter still then flew off with Greylags toward South Kilworth, 07.50

25 Mar  Osprey  Hollowell Res – one, 07.05-07.20 before flying off

WEDNESday 24TH March

24 Mar  White-fronted Goose  Stanford Res – first-winter still with Greylags in field by dam, 18.00

24 Mar  Dark-bellied Brent Goose  Ditchford GP – one still, on meadow behind Otter Lake, 16.00

24 Mar  Dark-bellied Brent Goose  Ditchford GP – one still, on meadow behind Otter Lake, 14.50

24 Mar  Black-tailed Godwit  Summer Leys LNR – one still on the scrape, 13.50, also 2 Little Ringed Plovers and 6 Redshanks

24 Mar  Merlin  Harrington AF – male over fields between concrete path and bunkers, 11.45

24 Mar  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – again in horse field behind lay-by on A605, immediately east of Thrapston, 11.15

24 Mar  Ring-necked Duck  Ditchford GP – drake still on Big Lake, 11.10

⊗ 24 Mar  Black Redstart  Ashton STW – no further sign up to 11.00

24 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Summer Leys LNR – adult still on Gull Island, 10.35, also Pintail, plus Great Egret, Little Ringed Plover and Black-tailed Godwit on the scrape

24 Mar  Dark-bellied Brent Goose  Ditchford GP – one still, on meadow behind Otter Lake, 10.30

24 Mar  Common Crane  Thrapston GP – one flew north over Titchmarsh LNR, 10.25 

24 Mar  Osprey  Bulwick – one flew over, 10.00

24 Mar  Black Redstart  Ashton STW – one seen briefly on wall of settling bed at the southern end. 09.15

24 Mar  Greater Scaup  Pitsford Res – drake still, off Moulton Grange Bay, 08.35, also apparent female Greater Scaup x Tufted Duck hybrid still

24 Mar  Merlin  Stortons GP – one between Sixfields Lake and the reedbed, early morning

24 Mar  White-fronted Goose  Stanford Res – first-winter still with Greylags in field by dam, 07.35, best viewed from reservoir perimeter between old hide and dam

TUESday 23rd March

23 Mar  White-fronted Goose  Stanford Res – first-winter with Greylags in field by dam, just prior to dusk

23 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Stanwick GP – three adults on A45 Lay-by Pit, 18.00

23 Mar  Dark-bellied Brent Goose  Ditchford GP – one still, 17.45

23 Mar  Avocet  Clifford Hill GP – still on north shore of the Main Barrage Lake, 17.40

23 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Stanwick GP – two adults on A45 Lay-by Pit, 16.10

23 Mar  Dark-bellied Brent Goose  Ditchford GP – one still, 15.30

23 Mar  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – again in horse field behind lay-by on A605, immediately east of Thrapston, this afternoon, also White Wagtail

23 Mar  Dark-bellied Brent Goose  Ditchford GP – one still, 14.00, east of Greenway on meadow before Otter Lake, Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows LNR

23 Mar  Crossbill  Hollowell Res – one by the sailing club, 11.45. also Jack Snipe

23 Mar  Dark-bellied Brent Goose  Ditchford GP – one on Otter Lake, Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows LNR, 11.10

23 Mar  Avocet  Clifford Hill GP – still, 11.10, on north shore of Main Barrage Lake

23 Mar  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – on Aldwincle Lake, Titchmarsh LNR, 10.50

23 Mar  Avocet  Clifford Hill GP – still on Main Barrage Lake, though mobile, 10.25

23 Mar  Greater Scaup  Pitsford Res – drake still off the dam, 09.25, also apparent female Greater Scaup x Tufted Duck hybrid still, plus 2 Dunlins

23 Mar  Black-tailed Godwit  Barnwell – five on floods at Lower Barnwell Lock, from A605, 09.15

23 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Summer Leys LNR – adult still on Gull Island, 08.55

23 Mar  Avocet  Clifford Hill GP – still on the north shore of Main Barrage Lake, 08.40

23 Mar  Caspian Gull  Hollowell Res – adult, 08.30

23 Mar  Avocet  Clifford Hill GP – one on the north shore of Main Barrage Lake, 07.30

MONday 22nd March

22 Mar  Pink-footed Goose  Scaldwell – one sound-recorded in flight, 21.15

22 Mar  Northern Wheatear  Brampton Valley – one reported below Hanging Houghton, late afternoon

22 Mar  Northern Wheatear  Harrington AF – one reported late afternoon

22 Mar  Black-tailed Godwit  Summer Leys LNR – one still on the scrape, 16.35, also 5 Dunlins and 6 Redshanks

22 Mar  White Wagtail  Ecton SF – one with Pied Wagtails on Winter Flashes, 15.10, also 2 Pintails (one drake) and Common Snipe

22 Mar  Northern Wheatear  Wigsthorpe – male on farmland, 14.40: the first spring record

22 Mar  Short-eared Owl  Harrington AF – one still, 13.05, also female Merlin

22 Mar  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – still in horse field behind lay-by on A605, immediately east of Thrapston, 12.00

22 Mar  Crossbill  Hollowell Res – fifteen this morning

22 Mar  Greater Scaup  Pitsford Res – drake still off the dam, 10.25, also apparent female Greater Scaup x Tufted Duck hybrid still

22 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Summer Leys LNR – adult still, 08.30, on Gull Island, also Black-tailed Godwit on the scrape

⊗ 22 Mar  Ring-necked Duck  Stanwick GP – no sign of drake, early morning

SUNday 21st March

21 Mar  Crossbill  Hollowell Res – at least 5 in pines behind Guilsborough Bay

21 Mar  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – still in horse field behind lay-by on A605, immediately east of Thrapston, 16.10

21 Mar  Ring-necked Duck  Stanwick GP – drake still on Main Lake, near pontoon, 15.55

21 Mar  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – still in horse field behind lay-by on A605, immediately east of Thrapston, 14.05

21 Mar  Osprey  Spratton – one flew north, 14.00: the first spring record

21 Mar  Ring-necked Duck  Stanwick GP – drake still on Main Lake, near pontoon, 10.55

21 Mar  House Martin  Raunds – one flew north, 10.50: the first spring record

21 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Summer Leys LNR – adult still, 09.25, on Gull Island, also Dunlin, 9 Redshanks and 9 Common Snipes

21 Mar  Ring-necked Duck  Stanwick GP – drake still on Main Lake, near pontoon, 08.55

21 Mar  Rock Pipit  Stanwick GP – one on A45 Lay-by Pit, 08.30, then flew east

21 Mar  Jack Snipe  Clifford Hill GP – one, 07.55

21 Mar  Ring-necked Duck  Stanwick GP – drake on Main Lake, 06.25

SATURday 20th March

20 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Stanwick GP – adult, late afternoon, also 2 Dunlins and 9 Redshanks

20 Mar  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – still in horse field behind lay-by on A605, immediately east of Thrapston, 15.45, then flushed by Red Kite and flew off

20 Mar  Crossbill  Hollowell Res – seven in waterside willows on the north side of Guilsborough Bay before flying south, 15.40

20 Mar  Greater Scaup  Pitsford Res – drake still off the dam, 15.10

20 Mar  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – back in horse field behind lay-by on A605, immediately east of Thrapston, 15.10

20 Mar  Jack Snipe  Hollowell Res – one, 15.10

20 Mar  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – still in horse field behind lay-by on A605, immediately east of Thrapston, 13.00, before flying toward Town Lake

20 Mar  Greater Scaup  Pitsford Res – drake still off the dam, 11.50, also apparent female Greater Scaup x Tufted Duck hybrid still

20 Mar  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – again in horse field behind lay-by on A605, immediately east of Thrapston, 11.48

⊗ 20 Mar  Avocet  Barnwell – one on flooded field at Lower Barnwell Lock, flushed by microlight 11.30

20 Mar  Avocet  Barnwell – one on flooded field at Lower Barnwell Lock, 11.20

20 Mar  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – four on Roadside Lake, 10.05

20 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Summer Leys LNR – adult still, 09.15, also 4 Dunlins, 9 Redshanks and 26 Common Snipes

⊗ 20 Mar  Black-necked Grebe  Earls Barton GP – no sign of yesterday’s two on Mary’s Lake this morning

⊗ 20 Mar  Black-necked Grebe  Summer Leys LNR – no sign of the one off Brayshaw’s Bund this morning

FRIday 19th March

19 Mar  Black-necked Grebe  Summer Leys LNR – one still off Brayshaw’s Bund, 15.30, also adult Mediterranean Gull still

19 Mar  Marsh Harrier  Byfield – one flew east, 15.20

19 Mar  eagle sp.  Byfield – one, presumably White-tailed Eagle, flew north toward Fawsley, 15.15

19 Mar  Black-necked Grebe  Earls Barton GP – two still on Mary’s Lake, 14.38

19 Mar  Black-necked Grebe  Summer Leys LNR – one still off Brayshaw’s Bund, 14.25, also Great Egret on the scrape plus 8 Common Snipes this morning

19 Mar  Black-necked Grebe  Summer Leys LNR – one still off Brayshaw’s Bund, 13.15, also 3 Dunlins, 6 Redshanks and 9 Common Snipes 

19 Mar  Black-necked Grebe  Earls Barton GP – two in summer plumage, close to the shoreline at the far north-eastern end of Mary’s Lake, 12.50

19 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Summer Leys LNR – adult on Gull Island, 12.20

19 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Summer Leys LNR – adult on scrape, 10.35, then flew off

19 Mar  Black-necked Grebe  Summer Leys LNR – one in summer plumage off Brayshaw’s Bund, 09.55 

⊗  19 Mar  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – no sign in horse field behind lay-by on A605, immediately east of Thrapston, 09.50

19 Mar  harrier sp.  Little Irchester – one flew north-east, 09.46

19 Mar  Greater Scaup  Pitsford Res – drake still off the dam this morning, also apparent female Greater Scaup x Tufted Duck hybrid still, plus Great Egret north of the causeway

19 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Stanwick GP – three adults on Main Lake, 07.25

THURSday 18th March

18 Mar  Common Scoter  Scaldwell – flock sound-recorded overhead, 21.54

⊗  18 Mar  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – no sign in horse field behind lay-by on A605, immediately east of Thrapston, 11.55

18 Mar  Greater Scaup  Pitsford Res – drake still, between dam and Moulton Grange Bay, 10.45 also apparent female Greater Scaup x Tufted Duck hybrid still

18 Mar  Merlin  Harrington AF – one still, 09.50, also Brambling

WEDNESday 17th March

17 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Stanford Res – adult in the gull roost, 17.25

17 Mar  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – still in horse field behind lay-by on A605, immediately east of Thrapston, 13.30

17 Mar  Ring-necked Duck  Ditchford GP – drake still on Big Lake, 11.40, also drake Smew still on Delta Pit

17 Mar  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – still in horse field behind lay-by on A605, immediately east of Thrapston, 09.45

17 Mar  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – still in horse field behind lay-by on A605, immediately east of Thrapston, 08.45

17 Mar  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – two flew north-west over Main Lake this morning, also Dunlin 

17 Mar  Kittiwake  Hollowell Res – adult found dead this morning, 08.25

TUESday 16th March

16 Mar  Black-tailed Godwit  Summer Leys LNR – one still today, also Great Egret, Curlew and Dunlin

16 Mar  Greater Scaup  Pitsford Res – drake still off sailing club, 17.40 also apparent female Greater Scaup x Tufted Duck hybrid still, plus Yellow-legged Gull

16 Mar  Merlin  Boddington Res – one flew low north, 17.35

16 Mar  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – still in horse field behind lay-by on A605, immediately east of Thrapston, 13.50 until at least 17.35

16 Mar  Caspian Gull  Rushton Landfill – second-winter, 13.20 

16 Mar  Caspian Gull  Daventry CP – first-winter, late morning, also second-winter Yellow-legged Gull and 3 Common Snipes

16 Mar  Crossbill  Salcey Forest – at least 20 near Church Path Oak, 09.30

16 Mar  Merlin  Harrington AF – one, 09.25, also c.80 Golden Plovers, Short-eared Owl still at 3rd Bunker and Brambling

16 Mar  Kittiwake  Stanwick GP – adult on Main Lake, 08.05, then flew south-west, 08.20, also Dunlin and adult Mediterranean Gull

MONday 15th March

15 Mar  Common Scoter  Scaldwell – flock sound-recorded overhead, 21.33

15 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Daventry CP – adult this evening, also adult and third-winter Yellow-legged Gull this morning

15 Mar  Kittiwake  Stanford Res – first-winter still in the gull roost, 17.30

15 Mar  Kittiwake  Stanford Res – first-winter in the gull roost, 17.10

15 Mar  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – still in horse field behind lay-by on A605, immediately east of Thrapston, this afternoon

15 Mar  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – one in field north-east of Hogs Dyke, 15.00 

15 Mar  Crossbill  Pitsford Res – one in Christie’s Copse today, also two Barnacle Geese, two Great Egrets, Curlew, 2 Jack Snipes and Yellow-legged Gull

15 Mar  Ring-necked Duck  Ditchford GP – drake still on Big Lake, 11.45

15 Mar  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – again in horse field behind lay-by on A605, immediately east of Thrapston, 11.40

15 Mar  Greater Scaup  Pitsford Res – drake still off dam this morning, also apparent female Greater Scaup x Tufted Duck hybrid still

15 Mar  Black-tailed Godwit  Summer Leys LNR – one still on Main Lake, 11.25, viewable from old railway track, also Curlew and Dunlin

15 Mar  Smew  Ditchford GP – two (one drake) still, on Delta Pit, 09.40

15 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Stanwick GP – adult again this morning

15 Mar  Crossbill  Hollowell Res – three, mobile between the sailing club and Guilsborough Bay, early morning

SUNday 14th March

14 Mar  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – again in horse field behind lay-by on A605, immediately east of Thrapston, this afternoon

14 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Stanford Res – second-winter, 16.30 

14 Mar  Ring-necked Duck  Ditchford GP – drake still on Big Lake, 14.20, also drake Smew still on Delta Pit

14 Mar  Black-tailed Godwit  Summer Leys LNR – one still, in Wader Bay, 12.45

14 Mar  Crossbill  Wakerley Great Wood – several still this morning, also 2 male Bramblings

14 Mar  Ring-necked Duck  Ditchford GP – drake still on Big Lake, late morning

14 Mar  Black-tailed Godwit  Summer Leys LNR – one this morning at 10.10 but not since, also 2 Great Egrets

14 Mar  Greater Scaup  Pitsford Res – drake still, off sailing club, 08.30

14 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Stanwick GP – adult on A45 Lay-by Pit, 07.10 

SATURday 13th March

13 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Stanford Res – adult again in the gull roost, 16.20 

13 Mar  Greater Scaup  Pitsford Res – drake still, off sailing club, 14.48, also apparent female Greater Scaup x Tufted Duck hybrid still

13 Mar  Ring-necked Duck  Ditchford GP – drake still on Big Lake, 12.40

13 Mar  Greater Scaup  Pitsford Res – drake still off dam, late morning

13 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Stanwick GP – two adults flew over car park toward Main Lake, 08.25 

FRIday 12th March

12 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Boddington Res – adult in the gull roost this evening

12 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Stanford Res – adult again in the gull roost, 16.25 

12 Mar  White Wagtail  Woodford – one in field by A14 eastbound layby near junction 12, 15.30

12 Mar  Cattle Egret  Thrapston GP – one from Heronry Hide, 11.15

12 Mar  Greater Scaup  Pitsford Res – drake still off dam, 10.10, also apparent female Greater Scaup x Tufted Duck hybrid and Yellow-legged Gull

12 Mar  Pink-footed Goose  Daventry CP – one at 09.05, then flew east

12 Mar  Crossbill  Harrington AF – two flew south-west, 08.20, also c.120 Golden Plovers and 2 Bramblings

THURSday 11th March

11 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Stanford Res – two adults in the gull roost this evening

11 Mar  Kittiwake  Boddington Res – first-winter in the gull roost, 18.25 

11 Mar  Cattle Egret  Thrapston GP – one in fields between the A605 Lay-by footpath to Town Lake and the housing estate, late afternoon

11 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Stanford Res – adult in the gull roost, 16.25 

11 Mar  Greater Scaup  Pitsford Res – drake still off dam, 16.00, also possible female hybrid 

11 Mar  Greater Scaup  Pitsford Res – drake still off dam, 11.00

WEDNESday 10th March

10 Mar  Greater Scaup  Pitsford Res – drake still, off dam, 14.00, also 2 Barnacle Geese still north of the causeway

TUESday 9th March

09 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Thrapston GP – adult on Aldwicle Lake until 17.15, then flew toward Town Lake but no further sign of Glossy Ibis

09 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Stanford Res – adult in the gull roost, 16.35 

09 Mar  Greater Scaup  Pitsford Res – drake off sailing club, 14.25, also Yellow-legged Gull

09 Mar  Marsh Harrier  Summer Leys LNR – one (2cy) around The Scrape and adjoining field, 13.10-13.40, also 2 Great Egrets 

09 Mar  White Wagtail  Hollowell Res – one with Pied Wagtails on the dam, 12.30, also, 3 Jack Snipes, 14 Common Snipes and 3 Crossbills

09 Mar  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – still on Aldwincle Lake, 12.20, viewed from Peter Scott Hide, also 4+ Great Egrets

09 Mar  Black-tailed Godwit  Ecton SF – one on East Pool, 11.40, also 3 Pintails (one drake)

09 Mar  Ring-necked Duck  Ditchford GP – drake still on Skew Bridge Lake, 10.45

09 Mar  Black-tailed Godwit  Northampton – one flew east over Ecton Brook, 09.15

09 Mar  Short-eared Owl  Harrington AF – one, still, 09.10, also c.30 Golden Plovers and 3+ Bramblings

09 Mar  Black-tailed Godwit  Pitsford Res – one, 09.00, also 2 Barnacle Geese, Great Egret, Jack Snipe and 20-30 Common Snipes

09 Mar  Swallow  Clifford Hill GP – two, 08.50: the first spring record

09 Mar  Black-tailed Godwit  Stanwick GP – one still on Main Lake, 08.05, also Dunlin and 9 Redshanks

09 Mar  Crossbill  Hollowell Res – up to 9 between the sailing club and Guilsborough Bay, 07.40

MONday 8th March

08 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Stanford Res – two adults in the gull roost this evening

08 Mar  Crossbill  Yardley Chase – four flew south over Denton Wood today

08 Mar  Black-tailed Godwit  Pitsford Res – one in Scaldwell Bay this afternoon, also 2 Barnacle Geese, Great Egret, 4 Jack Snipes and 80 Common Snipes

08 Mar  Ring-necked Duck  Ditchford GP – drake on Skew Bridge Lake by ‘Canoe 2’, 15.25, also drake Smew on adjacent Delta Pit

08 Mar  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – still on Aldwincle Lake, 11.25, as viewed from North Hide

08 Mar  Black-tailed Godwit  Stanwick GP – one on Main Lake, 08.10, also Ferruginous Duck x Pochard hybrid

SUNday 7th March

07 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Stanford Res – three (2 adults and a second-winter) in the gull roost this evening, also Great Egret

07 Mar  Bittern  Summer Leys LNR – one dropped into reeds in front of Rotary Hide, 16.00, also 4 Pintails

07 Mar  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – four still at North Lake, 15.50

07 Mar  Crossbill  Hollowell Res – approximately 15 in pines on north side of Guilsborough Bay, 15.10, also 2 Jack Snipes and 2-4 Common Snipes

07 Mar  White-fronted Goose  Priors Hall – one this afternoon, from 13.50

07 Mar  Ring-necked Duck  Ditchford GP – drake still on Big Lake, 13.25, also drake Smew on nearby Delta Pit

07 Mar  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – back on the island in Aldwincle Lake, 13.15

07 Mar  Marsh Harrier  Stanford Res – one over the old railway track, 12.00, also 2 White Wagtails on the dam

07 Mar  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – reported in a horse field between A605 and east end of Town Lake before flying off west this morning

07 Mar  Crossbill  Hollowell Res – at least three, calling from trees behind Guilsborough Bay, 12.00

07 Mar  White Wagtail  Thrapston GP – one with Pied Wagtails on tilled field, to the right of the track from A605 to Aldwincle Lake, 11.30

07 Mar  Crossbill  Wakerley Great Wood – three still this morning

07 Mar  Little Ringed Plover  Scaldwell – one sound-recorded in flight, 00.03

SATURday 6th March

06 Mar  Crossbill  Bucknell Wood – one this afternoon, also 2 Bramblings

06 Mar  Crossbill  Scotland Wood – two this afternoon

06 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Stanford Res – adult in the gull roost, 16.15

06 Mar  Hen Harrier  Deenethorpe – a ‘ringtail’ flew over Benefield Road between Deenethorpe and Upper Benefield, 14.30

06 Mar  Crossbill  Hollowell Res – three (one male) in spruce trees below dam, 11.30

06 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Thrapston GP – adult still on Aldwincle Lake, 11.05

06 Mar  Short-eared Owl  Harrington AF – one, still, 11.00, also 200+ Golden Plovers, Peregrine and Brambling

06 Mar  Ring-necked Duck  Ditchford GP – drake still on Big Lake, 10.55, also 2 Smews (one drake) on nearby Delta Pit

06 Mar  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – five still at North Lake, 10.30, also Great Egret

FRIday 5th March

05 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Stanford Res – adult in gull roost, 16.35

05 Mar  Ring-necked Duck  Ditchford GP – drake still on Big Lake this afternoon

05 Mar  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – four still, north of North Lake, 16.00

05 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Daventry – adult flew over, heading toward Daventry CP, 13.30

05 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Thrapston GP – adult again on island in Aldwincle Lake, 09.20

THURSday 4th March

04 Mar  Iceland Gull  Rushton Landfill – juvenile still, on field between wind farm and Oakley Road, 15.25

04 Mar  Red-crested Pochard  Clifford Hill GP – drake still on Deep Water lake, 14.30

04 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Stanwick GP – adult again on A45 Lay-by Pit, 13.50, also Pintail, Dunlin and 9 Redshanks

04 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Thrapston GP – adult again on island in Aldwincle Lake, 10.20

04 Mar  Red-crested Pochard  Clifford Hill GP – drake on Deep Water lake, 10.15

04 Mar  Crossbill  Hollowell Res – eight flew south from Guilsborough Bay, 07.15

WEDNESday 3Rd March

03 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Thrapston GP – adult on island in Aldwincle Lake then flew toward Town Lake, 17.00

03 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Earls Barton GP – adult on new workings at west end today

03 Mar  Short-eared Owl  Harrington AF – one, still, around 3rd Bunker, this afternoon, also c200 Golden Plovers

03 Mar  Merlin  Pitsford Res – female in field to west of Scaldwell Bay, 14.35, also 2 Jack Snipes north of the causeway this morning

03 Mar  Smew  Summer Leys LNR – ‘redhead’, 11.30

03 Mar  Sand Martin  Summer Leys LNR – one, 10.30, the first spring report 

03 Mar  Smew  Ditchford GP – drake still on Skew Bridge Lake, 10.00

TUESday 2nd March

02 Mar  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – three still, 15.45, at northern end, viewed from Hogs Dyke

02 Mar  Iceland Gull  Rushton Landfill – juvenile still, on landfill, 14.45

02 Mar  Smew  Ditchford GP – drake still on Skew Bridge Lake this morning

02 Mar  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – five, 10.30, also 7 Redshanks

02 Mar  Crossbill  Hollowell Res – approximately 8 on the north side of the sailing club, 07.20

MONday 1st March

01 Mar  Mediterranean Gull  Stanford Res – adult in gull roost, 16.55

01 Mar  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – four, still, 16.05

01 Mar  Ring-necked Duck  Ditchford GP – drake still on Big Lake, 14.45, also drake Smew still on Skew Bridge Lake

01 Mar  Merlin  Rockingham – immature male in Welland Valley, 14.45

01 Mar  Smew  Ditchford GP – drake still on Skew Bridge Lake this morning

01 Mar  Short-eared Owl  Harrington AF – one, still, flushed from 3rd Bunker, 09.40, also c100 Golden Plovers

SUNday 28th FEBRuary

28 Feb  Mediterranean Gull  Boddington Res – two adults in the gull roost this evening

28 Feb  Cattle Egret  Summer Leys LNR – four with sheep, visible from Paul Britten Hide, 16.30, also 3 Great Egrets

28 Feb  Bearded Tit  Stortons GP – male in reedbed, 15.00

28 Feb  Caspian Gull  DIRFT 3 – first-winter on A5 roadside pool, 14.55, also Curlew and Peregrine

28 Feb  Ring-necked Duck  Ditchford GP – drake still on Big Lake, 11.09

28 Feb  Smew  Ditchford GP – drake on Skew Bridge Lake, 10.30

SATURday 27th FEBRuary

27 Feb  Crossbill  Hollowell Res – approximately 10 on the north side of the sailing club, 16.30

27 Feb  Mediterranean Gull  Stanford Res – adult in gull roost, 16.05

27 Feb  Smew  Ditchford GP – two (one drake) at ‘Rushden Lakes’, 16.05 (no precise location details)

27 Feb  Iceland Gull  Rushton Landfill – juvenile still, 11.55, on field south of Station Road before flying to the landfill 

27 Feb  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – four on the island in North Lake, 08.45

FRIday 26th FEBRuary

26 Feb  Mediterranean Gull  Hollowell Res – adult off dam, 17.00, also 4 Jack Snipes, 9 Common Snipe, 4 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, 3 Stonechats and Crossbill

26 Feb  Mediterranean Gull  Stanford Res – two adults in gull roost, 16.50

26 Feb  Crossbill  Wakerley Great Wood – six males this afternoon

26 Feb  Smew  Thrapston GP – ‘redhead’ still at north end of Aldwincle Lake, Titchmarsh LNR, 15.20, also 6 Great Egrets

26 Feb  Ring-necked Duck  Ditchford GP – drake still on Big Lake today

26 Feb  Iceland Gull  Rushton Landfill – juvenile still, 13.45, on shed roof by site entrance on Oakley Road 

26 Feb  Crossbill  Wakerley Great Wood – at least 12 this morning

THURSday 25th FEBRuary

25 Feb  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – first-winter still, 14.30, at north end of  Aldwincle Lake, Titchmarsh LNR

25 Feb  Ring-necked Duck  Ditchford GP – drake still on Big Lake, 13.15

25 Feb  Crossbill  Wakerley Great Wood – approximately 20 this morning

25 Feb  Smew  Thrapston GP – ‘redhead’ still from North Hide, Aldwincle Lake, Titchmarsh LNR, 11.40

25 Feb  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – first-winter still, mid-morning, at north end of  Aldwincle Lake, Titchmarsh LNR, also up to 10 Great Egrets and 2 Stonechats

25 Feb  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – three, 07.45

WEDNESday 24th FEBRuary

24 Feb  Mediterranean Gull  Stanford Res – two adults in gull roost, 17.20

24 Feb  Mediterranean Gull  Stanford Res – adult from old hide, 16.30

24 Feb  Iceland Gull  Rushton Landfill – juvenile still, 16.25, in sheep field south of the site, viewed from Station Road, then flew north

24 Feb  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – first-winter flew toward Town Lake, 15.45

24 Feb  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – first-winter still, in flight over Aldwincle Lake, Titchmarsh LNR, toward Heronry Lake, 15.35, also ‘redhead’ Smew again from North Hide

24 Feb  Ring-necked Duck  Ditchford GP – drake still on Big Lake, 14.04

24 Feb  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – first-winter still on Aldwincle Lake, Titchmarsh LNR, 11.30 but no sign of ‘redhead’ Smew

TUESday 23Rd FEBRuary

23 Feb  Merlin  Harrington AF – female, 15.50, also 300-400 Golden Plovers and 1-2 Bramblings

23 Feb  Iceland Gull  Rushton Landfill – juvenile still, 15.05, in fields south of the site, viewed from gateway on station Road at 52.4409136, -0.7466590

⊗  23 Feb  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – still no further sign of first-winter on Aldwincle Lake, 14.40; ‘redhead’ Smew still present

23 Feb  Barnacle Goose  Stanwick GP – nine, still, from adventure trail near metal bridge, 14.00

⊗  23 Feb  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – no further sign of first-winter on Aldwincle Lake, 13.00; ‘redhead’ Smew still present

23 Feb  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – first-winter still on Aldwincle Lake, Titchmarsh LNR, 12.00, viewed from North Hide, looking toward Sand Martin bank, also ‘redhead’ Smew and 7-8 Great Egrets

23 Feb  Merlin  Sutton Bassett – one, 12.00

23 Feb  Crossbill  Hollowell Res – fifteen on the south side of Guilsborough Bay, 11.10, also 2 Jack Snipes, 8 Common Snipes and 3 Stonechats 

23 Feb  Barnacle Goose  Stanwick GP – nine in fields towards Little Addington, 10.30

23 Feb  Smew  Ditchford GP – two (one drake) at eastern end of Higham Lake, 09.45

23 Feb  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – juvenile still, south of the causeway in Catwalk  Bay, 08.25, also Great Egret 

MONday 22nd FEBRuary

22 Feb  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – first-winter on Aldwincle Lake, Titchmarsh LNR, 16.10, viewed from North Hide, looking toward Sand Martin bank

22 Feb  Iceland Gull  Rushton Landfill – juvenile, still on landfill, on view distantly, 11.50

22 Feb  Glossy Ibis  Wadenhoe – first-winter in flooded fields between here and Aldwincle, viewed from Lyvden footpath to Wadenhoe Church, 10.50

22 Feb  Bar-tailed Godwit  Stanwick GP – one, still, 08.50, also 2 Cattle Egrets

SUNday 21st FEBRuary

21 Feb  Bar-tailed Godwit  Stanwick GP – one, still, on Main Lake, 15.45, also Ferruginous Duck x Pochard hybrid and 2 Dunlins

21 Feb  Ring-necked Duck  Ditchford GP – drake still on Big Lake, 14.45

21 Feb  Jack Snipe  Ravensthorpe – at least 4, possibly 8, on farm ponds, 14.35

21 Feb  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – first-winter again on Islip Water Meadows, 14.20

21 Feb  White-tailed Eagle  Kettering – one of unknown origin over Boughton Estate, north of the town, heading east, 13.30; confirmed as not one of the individuals from the Isle of Wight reintroduction scheme

21 Feb  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – three, 12.40, also Great Egret

21 Feb  Cattle Egret  Thrapston GP – one on Titchmarsh LNR this morning, also 2 Great Egrets

⊗  21 Feb  Greater Scaup  Hollowell Res – no sign of female to 10.50

21 Feb  Iceland Gull  Rushton Landfill – juvenile, still on landfill, then flew to shed roof by site entrance on Oakley Road, 10.40

21 Feb  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – juvenile still, south of the causeway, opposite Catwalk Bay this morning, also Great Egret and Stonechat north of the causeway

21 Feb  Ring-necked Duck  Ditchford GP – drake still on Big Lake, 10.20

21 Feb  Black-tailed Godwit  Summer Leys LNR – one in Wader Bay, 10.10

21 Feb  Ring-necked Duck  Ditchford GP – drake back on Big Lake, 09.15

SATURday 20th FEBRuary

20 Feb  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – juvenile still, showing well off the dam, 15.30

20 Feb  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – first-winter again on Islip Water Meadows, flew over footpath by Town Lake and dropped behind the treeline, 12.44

20 Feb  Iceland Gull  Rushton Landfill – juvenile, still on landfill, 10.25, viewed from Oakley Road

20 Feb  Bar-tailed Godwit  Stanwick GP – one, still, on Main Lake, 09.45, also Pink-footed Goose, Great Egret and 6 Redshanks 

20 Feb  Pink-footed Goose  Ringstead GP – one, still, with Greylags in field next to Woodford Mill, 09.20

⊗  20 Feb  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – no sign of first-winter on Islip Water Meadows this morning

20 Feb  White-fronted Goose  Byfield – two flew over, 07.40 

FRIday 19th FEBRuary

19 Feb  Greater Scaup  Hollowell Res – female still, in the south-east corner,14.50, also 3 Common Snipes and 6 Stonechats

19 Feb  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – first-winter still on Islip Water Meadows, at the southern end, 13.00, viewable from the track by the sailing club or from Mill Lane, Islip

19 Feb  Pink-footed Goose  Ringstead GP – at least one, still, with Greylags from old railway line between Woodford Mill & viaduct, 11.30, also 3 Pintails and Great Egret on Kinewell Lake

19 Feb  Bar-tailed Godwit  Stanwick GP – one, still, on Roadside Lake, 10.55, also 5 White-fronted Geese in fields by old railway track, plus 2+ Great Egrets, Dunlin and 5 Redshanks 

19 Feb  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – first-winter still at the northern end of Islip Water Meadows, 10.50

19 Feb  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – first-winter still at the northern end of Islip Water Meadows, 08.45, showing well by River Nene 

19 Feb  Short-eared Owl  Harrington AF – one, still, 08.40, also 150 Golden Plovers and 3 Bramblings

19 Feb  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – first-winter still at the northern end of Islip Water Meadows, 07.50 

THURSday 18th FEBRuary

18 Feb  Bar-tailed Godwit  Stanwick GP – one, still, on Main Lake, 13.40, also 31 White-fronted Geese

18 Feb  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – first-winter still on Islip Water Meadows, 12.40, though mobile, subject to human disturbance

18 Feb  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – first-winter still on Islip Water Meadows, 10.20, though mobile, subject to human disturbance, also 4 Great Egrets and Redshank

18 Feb  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – first-winter still on Islip Water Meadows, on bank of River Nene, 09.20, as viewed from east side by track running north-east past sailing club

WednESday 17th FEBRuary

17 Feb  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – one back again on Islip Water Meadows, close to River Nene, 14.15; view east from Ridge Road, north of Islip Mill, by track which runs to Islip STW at 52.406026, -0.546890 or from east side by sailing club

17 Feb  Pink-footed Goose  Ringstead GP – two in meadow looking north from old railway line between Woodford Mill & Viaduct, 12.45

17 Feb  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – flushed by walkers from north-east corner of Islip Water Meadows, close to River Nene, 12.15 and had not returned by 13.05; view east from Ridge Road, north of Islip Mill, by track which runs to Islip STW at 52.406026, -0.546890

17 Feb  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – one back again in north-east corner of Islip Water Meadows, close to River Nene, 11.50; view east from Ridge Road, north of Islip Mill, by track which runs to Islip STW at 52.406026, -0.546890

17 Feb  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – one back again on Islip Water Meadows, showing well close to River Nene, 10.25; view east from Ridge Road, north of Islip Mill, by track which runs to Islip STW at 52.406026, -0.546890

17 Feb  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – one back again on Islip Water Meadows, showing well close to River Nene, 10.10; view east from Ridge Road, north of Islip Mill, by track which runs to Islip STW at 52.406026, -0.546890

17 Feb  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – one still on Islip Water Meadows, showing well close to River Nene, 09.15 before being flushed by a dog-walker; view east from Ridge Road, north of Islip Mill, by track which runs to Islip STW at 52.406026, -0.546890

17 Feb  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – one still on Islip Water Meadows, showing well, 08.55

17 Feb  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – one again on Islip Water Meadows, 08.20

17 Feb  Bar-tailed Godwit  Stanwick GP – one, still, on Main Lake, 07.55, also Pink-footed Goose still, 33 White-fronted Geese, 3 Pintails and 4 Dunlins

TUESday 16th FEBRuary

16 Feb  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – one on Islip water meadows late afternoon before flying to meadows behind Aldwincle Church

16 Feb  Jack Snipe  Kettering – three on Wicksteed Water Meadows this afternoon, also Stonechat 

16 Feb  Greater Scaup  Hollowell Res – female still, in south-east corner, 15.45, also 6 Stonechats

16 Feb  Bar-tailed Godwit  Stanwick GP – one, still, on Main Lake, 14.25, also Pink-footed Goose at 16.00, c.30 White-fronted Geese, 3 Pintails, 2 apparent Mallard x Shoveler hybrids and 4 Dunlins

16 Feb  Smew  Pitsford Res – drake in Holcot Bay 13.30

16 Feb  Smew  Ravensthorpe Res – one ‘redhead’ still, 12.10, close to west bank, by tall willows

16 Feb  Bar-tailed Godwit  Ditchford GP – one on Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows LNR, briefly at 11.00, before flying toward Stanwick GP (presumed to be the original Stanwick individual from recent days)

16 Feb  Greater Scaup  Hollowell Res – female still, off east shoreline, 09.00, also Pintail, 3 Jack Snipes, 3 Stonechats and Crossbill near sailing club

MONday 15th FEBRuary

15 Feb  Short-eared Owl  Harrington AF – one, still near 3rd bunker, 16.15, also 70 Golden Plovers and 2 Bramblings

15 Feb  Smew  Ravensthorpe Res – three ‘redheads’ still, 15.45, also Great Egret still

15 Feb  Jack Snipe  Pitsford Res – two north of the causeway this afternoon, also 58 Common Snipes and 2 Stonechats 

15 Feb  Bar-tailed Godwit  Stanwick GP – one, still, on Roadside Lake, 12.10, also Pink-footed Goose and c.30 White-fronted Geese on Main Lake

15 Feb  Greater Scaup  Hollowell Res – female still, off east shoreline,11.40

SUNday 14th FEBRuary

14 Feb  Ring-necked Duck  Ditchford GP – drake relocated on Higham Lake today

14 Feb  Short-eared Owl  Brampton Valley – one below Hanging Houghton late afternoon, also 2 Stonechats

14 Feb  Greater Scaup  Hollowell Res – female with Tufted Ducks off south-east shoreline,13.35

14 Feb  Smew  Ditchford GP – drake again on Skew Bridge Lake, 10.00

14 Feb  Pink-footed Goose  Stanwick GP – one still on Main Lake with c.30 White-fronted Geese, this morning, also 3 Pintails and 4 Dunlins

14 Feb  Short-eared Owl  Harrington AF – one this morning, also 2 Bramblings

14 Feb  White-fronted Goose  Stanwick GP – thirty-three again on Main Lake, 07.50 

SATURday 13th FEBRuary

13 Feb  Smew  Ravensthorpe Res – three ‘redheads’ still, late afternoon, also Great Egret north of the causeway

13 Feb  Crossbill  Hollowell Res – eight or nine this afternoon, also Great Egret, Jack Snipe and 10 Common Snipes

13 Feb  Jack Snipe  Clifford Hill GP – two this afternoon, also 14+ Golden Plovers, 4 Dunlins, 2 Common Snipes and 2 Stonechats

13 Feb  White-fronted Goose  Stanwick GP – thirty-three on Main Lake, 14.25, also 3 Great Egrets and 2 Cattle Egrets

13 Feb  Pink-footed Goose  Stanwick GP – one still on Main Lake with 29 White-fronted Geese, 12.35

13 Feb  Smew  Ravensthorpe Res – three ‘redheads’ 300 m north of the dam, 12.05

13 Feb  Caspian Gull  Stanford Res – Polish-ringed first-winter on ice before flying off just after midday

13 Feb  White-fronted Goose  Stanwick GP – twenty-nine, still, 11.45, also 2 Pintails

13 Feb  Glossy Ibis  Thrapston GP – one flew south, 11.30

13 Feb  Knot  Thrapston GP – one with Lapwings on Islip water meadows, 10.20

13 Feb  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – two still just north of North Lake this morning

13 Feb  Merlin  Harrington AF – female, 09.15

13 Feb  Pink-footed Goose  Stanwick GP – one on Main Lake, 09.05

13 Feb  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – juvenile still, between the causeway and Catwalk Bay, 08.45

13 Feb  White-fronted Goose  Stanwick GP – twenty-nine flew north-east from Main Lake, early morning, also 4 Pintails and 2 Dunlins

FRIday 12th FEBRuary

⊗  12 Feb  Ring-necked Duck  Ditchford GP – no sign of drake anywhere on site this afternoon 13.30-16.20, also no sign of any Smew

12 Feb  Iceland Gull  Rushton Landfill – juvenile, still, on shed roof by site entrance on Oakley Road, 16.20

12 Feb  Jack Snipe  Clifford Hill GP – one at the western end of the Main Barrage Lake, 15.30

12 Feb  Bar-tailed Godwit  Stanwick GP – still on Main Lake, 15.30, also 2 Dunlins, Redshank and 5 Common Snipes

12 Feb  Bewick’s Swan  Sulby – two flew north-east, 11.00

12 Feb  Bewick’s Swan  Brampton Valley – five flew east between Clipston and Arthingworth, 10.30

12 Feb  Bar-tailed Godwit  Stanwick GP – still on Main Lake, late morning, also Dunlin, 2 Redshanks and 9 Common Snipes

12 Feb  Ring-necked Duck  Ditchford GP – drake still on Big Lake, east of Ditchford Lane, mid-morning

12 Feb  Bar-tailed Godwit  Stanwick GP – still on Main Lake, early morning, also 7 Pintails

THURSday 11th FEBRuary

11 Feb  Ring-necked Duck  Ditchford GP – drake still in north-east corner of Skew Bridge Lake, 16.20, also 2 Smews (one drake) on east side of Delta Pit, 16.45

11 Feb  Bewick’s Swan  Sulby – five flew south-west, 16.00

11 Feb  Ring-necked Duck  Ditchford GP – drake still, plus 2 drake Smews – all on Skew Bridge Lake, 12.40, also 2 ‘redhead’ Smews – one on Big Lake, one on Wilson’s Pit

11 Feb  Merlin  Boddington Res – a female flew east, 11.50, also 24 Barnacle Geese on sheep pasture to south-west, plus 7 Common Snipe

11 Feb  White-fronted Goose  Stanwick GP – at least 27 still at the north-east end, 11.25, also 2 Cattle Egrets 

11 Feb  Ring-necked Duck  Ditchford GP – drake still, plus drake Smew, now on Skew Bridge Lake, 11.20, also ‘redhead’ Smew on Big Lake

11 Feb  Bar-tailed Godwit  Stanwick GP – still on Main Lake, 10.40, also Dunlin and 4 Redshanks

11 Feb  Bar-tailed Godwit  Stanwick GP – still on Main Lake, 09.50

WednESday 10th FEBRuary

10 Feb  Merlin  Pitsford Res – a female flew north over Scaldwell Bay, 16.50

10 Feb  Knot  Gretton – one still south of the village, in meadow by the River Welland, 13.15, as viewed from Rockingham Road at approximately 52.532762, -0.694452 also c.20 Dunlins still

10 Feb  Crossbill  Harlestone Heath – four this afternoon

10 Feb  Bar-tailed Godwit  Stanwick GP – still on Main Lake, late morning, also Great Egret, 3 Dunlins and 7 Redshanks

10 Feb  Ring-necked Duck  Ditchford GP – drake still on Big Lake, east of Ditchford Lane, 10.50

10 Feb  Bar-tailed Godwit  Stanwick GP – still on Main Lake, 07.15, also 3 Dunlins and 6 Redshanks

TUESday 9th FEBRuary

09 Feb  Bar-tailed Godwit  Stanwick GP – one on Main Lake, 15.05, also Knot still

09 Feb  Ring-necked Duck  Ditchford GP – drake still on Big Lake, east of Ditchford Lane, 14.20

09 Feb  Knot  Stanwick GP – one on Main Lake, 14.20, also 29 White-fronted Geese and 2 Cattle Egrets still at the north-eastern end, plus 2 Dunlins and 5 Redshanks

09 Feb  Knot  Gretton – one still south of the village, in meadow by the River Welland, 12.30, as viewed from Rockingham Road 52.528815, -0.702692 also 81 Golden Plovers and 20 Dunlins 

09 Feb  Ring-necked Duck  Ditchford GP – drake still on Big Lake, east of Ditchford Lane, 11.12, also Great Egret

09 Feb  Ring-necked Duck  Ditchford GP – drake still on Big Lake, east of Ditchford Lane, this morning

09 Feb  Crossbill  Hollowell Res – between 5 and 10, mobile between sailing club and Guilsborough Bay, 08.05

MONday 8th FEBRuary

08 Feb  Crossbill  Harlestone Heath – five in trees by the gatehouse today

08 Feb  Knot  Kings Sutton – three on floods south of Twyford Bridge at approximately 52.030747, -1.291147 late afternoon, also 5 Dunlins

08 Feb  White-fronted Goose  Stanwick GP – twenty-nine still at the north-east end this afternoon, also Ferruginous Duck x Pochard hybrid, 3 Cattle Egrets and 2 Redshanks

08 Feb  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – juvenile still, off sailing club, 15.40

08 Feb  Ring-necked Duck  Ditchford GP – drake still on Big Lake, east of Ditchford Lane, 15.20, also Great Egret on Fishing Lake and Dunlin on floodwater on south side of Watersports Pit 

08 Feb  Knot  Byfield – thirteen flew NNE over Byfield, 14.45

08 Feb  Knot  Gretton – one south of the village, in meadow by the River Welland, 12.15, as viewed from Rockingham Road 52.528815, -0.702692 also 21 Golden Plovers and c.30 Dunlins 

SUNday 7th FEBRuary

07 Feb  Iceland Gull  Rushton Landfill – juvenile still, 11.50, in fields adjacent to windfarm on Oakley Road before flying on to landfill, also adult Caspian Gull

⊗  07 Feb  Ring-necked Duck  Ditchford GP – no sign of yesterday’s drake to 10.45 this morning 

07 Feb  Iceland Gull  Rushton Landfill – juvenile still, 09.15, in fields adjacent to windfarm on Oakley Road (limited parking)

SATURday 6th FEBRuary

06 Feb  Jack Snipe  Hollowell Res – one still this afternoon, also 4 Common Snipes and 3 Stonechats

06 Feb  Short-eared Owl  Harrington AF – one flushed from 3rd Bunker, 15.00

06 Feb  Ring-necked Duck  Ditchford GP – drake still on Big Lake, east of Ditchford Lane, 13.50, best accessed from car park at Rushden Lakes

06 Feb  Ring-necked Duck  Ditchford GP – drake on Big Lake, east of Ditchford Lane

06 Feb  Ring-necked Duck  Ditchford GP – drake reported, 11.39 but no precise location details

06 Feb  Bewick’s Swan  Sulby – eighteen flew north-east, 11.25

06 Feb  Bewick’s Swan  Stanford Res – eighteen briefly 11.05 before flying off

FRIday 5th FEBRuary

05 Feb  Iceland Gull  Rushton Landfill – juvenile on depot roof at site entrance, then flew to fields south of Station Road, 15.20, also 2 adult Caspian Gulls 

05 Feb  Caspian Gull  Hollowell Res – adult this afternoon, also adult Yellow-legged Gull

05 Feb  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – juvenile still, in Pintail Bay, 09.30

THURSday 4th FEBRuary

04 Feb  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – two this afternoon, also 5 Redshanks

04 Feb  Bearded Tit  Stortons GP – male again, near grit tray on the south side of the reedbed, mid-morning

WEDNESday 3Rd FEBRuary

03 Feb  White-tailed Eagle  Kettering – one flew north-east over the southern district, 11.40

03 Feb  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – juvenile still, in Pintail Bay, 07.35

TUESday 2nd FEBRuary

02 Feb  White-fronted Goose  Stanwick GP – twenty-nine still at the north-east end, late afternoon, also 2 Great Egrets and 2 Cattle Egrets

02 Feb  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – juvenile still, off Moulton Grange Bay/Pines area, early afternoon, also Great Egret and 3 Stonechats north of the causeway

02 Feb  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – juvenile still, off sailing club, 11.15, also adult Yellow-legged Gull

02 Feb  Ruddy Shelduck  Crick – female at Foxholes Fisheries, 09.40

MONday 1st FEBRuary

⊗  01 Feb  White-tailed Eagle  Pitsford – immature male G393 from Isle of Wight reintroduction scheme continued to fly toward Chapel Brampton from 13.55, has left the county and is now in north Oxfordshire, this afternoon flying south-west over Althorp, Badby Wood and passing west of Byfield (information via satellite-tracking data)

01 Feb  White-fronted Goose  Stanwick GP – approximately 30 still at the north-east end, mid-afternoon, also 3 Great Egrets and 3 Cattle Egrets

01 Feb  White-tailed Eagle  Pitsford – immature male G393 from Isle of Wight reintroduction scheme circling above road between Pitsford village and Chapel Brampton, 13.55

01 Feb  White-tailed Eagle  Pitsford Res – immature male G393 from Isle of Wight reintroduction scheme still in fields to north of reservoir, 07.50 (via satellite data). Please note that access to Pitsford Reservoir is by permit only. The bird is mobile and best looked for from an elevated position, along a footpath or bridleway, outside of the reservoir grounds

SUNday 31st January

31 Jan  Cattle Egret  Irthlingborough – three in field behind Manor Dive, today, also Great Egret on adjacent floodwater

31 Jan  Jack Snipe  Hollowell Res – one still today, also Common Snipe 

31 Jan  White-tailed Eagle  Pitsford Res – immature male G393 from Isle of Wight reintroduction scheme in and around trees on the north-east side of Scaldwell Bay, 15.15, as viewed from the top of the old road down to the feeding station, 300 m west of the causeway, present for 3rd day. Please note that access to Pitsford Reservoir is by permit only. The bird is mobile and best looked for from an elevated position, along a footpath or bridleway, outside of the reservoir grounds

31 Jan  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – one still at the northern end today, also Great Egret; Great Egret also at nearby Ringstead GP, on Kinewell Lake

31 Jan  Ferruginous Duck x Pochard hybrid  Stanwick GP – female again, on long, narrow pit, west of visitor centre, 13.20

31 Jan  White-tailed Eagle  Pitsford Res – immature male G393 from Isle of Wight reintroduction scheme in trees between Holcot Bay and Walgrave Bay, 13.10, present for 3rd day. Please note that access to Pitsford Reservoir is by permit only. The bird is best looked for from an elevated position, along a footpath or bridleway, outside of the reservoir grounds

31 Jan  White-tailed Eagle  Pitsford Res – immature male G393 from Isle of Wight reintroduction scheme in tree in Walgrave Bay, 11.32, present for 3rd day. Please note that access to Pitsford Reservoir is by permit only. The bird is best looked for from an elevated position, along a footpath or bridleway, outside of the reservoir grounds.

SATURday 30th January

30 Jan  Jack Snipe  Hollowell Res – one today, also Great Egret, 3 Common Snipes and 3 Stonechats

FRIday 29th January

29 Jan  White-fronted Goose  Stanwick GP – at least 20 still at the north-east end, 16.45

29 Jan  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – juvenile still off Pintail Bay, 16.00

29 Jan  Crossbill  Harlestone Firs – two this morning

29 Jan  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – juvenile still, in Pintail Bay, 10.30, also Great Egret also Redshank and 2 Stonechats 

29 Jan  Crossbill  Hollowell Res – ten flew south from Guilsborough Bay, 07.50

THURSday 28th January

28 Jan  Ruff  Summer Leys – fourteen, 14.00, also Great Egret

28 Jan  White-fronted Goose  Stanwick GP – twenty-eight at the north-east end, 13.30, also 4 Redshanks on Main Lake

WEDNESday 27th January

27 Jan  White-fronted Goose  Stanwick GP – thirty still, this afternoon

27 Jan  Great Northern Diver  Pitsford Res – juvenile still, approximately 1 km south of the causeway, on the Brixworth side, this afternoon, also Redshank, several Common Snipes and at least 3 Stonechats north of the causeway

TUESday 26th January

26 Jan  Ruddy Shelduck  Hollowell Res – female still, 08.20, also 3 Common Snipes and 9 Crossbills

MOnday 25th January

25 Jan  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – one this afternoon, also 2 White-fronted Geese, 2 Great Egrets, 4 Redshanks and 30 Common Snipes

25 Jan  Cattle Egret  Ditchford GP – one at Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows LNR this morning, also Great Egret, 46 Golden Plovers and 2 Redshanks 

25 Jan  Jack Snipe  Earls Barton GP – one north of the complex, on meadows by the River Nene this morning, also 2 Stonechats

25 Jan  Crossbill  Hollowell Res – several still this morning, 07.30, also 2 Great Egrets and 3 Common Snipe

Sunday 24th January

24 Jan  Whooper Swan  Nassington – thirty-five on flooded meadows south of the village today

24 Jan  Crossbill  Hollowell Res – nine, north-west of sailing club bay, 14.20

24 Jan  White-fronted Goose  Stanwick GP – thirty still, on fields beyond North Lake, 12.30

24 Jan  Cattle Egret  Stanwick GP – four at North Lake, 09.35, also 2 Great Egrets, 3 Redshanks and 2 Stonechats

⊗ 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

 

 

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  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!

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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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