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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:  THURSday 25th FEBRuary 2021 13.25

TOday

25 Feb  Ring-necked Duck  Ditchford GP – drake still on Big Lake, 13.15

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

 

 

16 thoughts on “Latest Reports

  1. Hi is this the right place to report birds? I’ve only just found you! I live in West Hunsbury, Northampton near the Shelfley lake off Ladybridge Drive. Very excited today as for the first time we have a flock of fieldfares in the Close. We feed a lot of birds in our garden so hopefully they will stick around. But also I walked round the lake this morning and spotted the single heron we have. Then I saw what looked like a black heron. I was a little way away from it so my details might not be quite right and my camera phone is useless. It was a bit smaller than a normal heron, completely black as far as I could see, long bill curved a bit at the end and the tail was quite fanned out. When I got home I looked for it and the only two things which resembled it were a shag and a cormorant. It looked more like the shag tbh but it would be as far away from the coast as you could get! Any thoughts? Many thanks, Sarah PS I will try to get a photo next time I go down if it’s still there.

    1. Sarah, Thanks for the report. It will almost certainly be a Cormorant – they are common in Northants and breed at several localities. Shag is not impossible, though, as there was one on Abington Park Lake a couple of winters ago. If you would like to report sightings then please email me at northantsbirds@ntlworld.com Thanks!

  2. It’s really a great and useful piece of info. I’m satisfied that
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  3. 20/01/2017 c20 Waxwing Park area back of Woodside Avenue.( North of Northampton College) Flew off over A43 towards woodland between Holmecross Road and Heather Lane.

    I hope this is the right place to send a report in.

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