NORTHAMP­TON­SHIRE

Bird Watching (UK) - - Uk Bird Sightings - Bob Bul­lock (01604 627 262)

HIGH­LIGHTS: Three Black-winged Stilts were at Stan­ford Reser­voir (20th). This was the fifth county record. The Long-tailed Duck there re­mained (to 29th). A Hen Harrier flew over Bur­ton La­timer (5th). A Black-necked Grebe was at Daven­try CP (4th-11th). Two Red-necked Grebes were there (8th-9th), with an­other at Stan­ford (7th). Two Spoon­bills flew over Thrap­ston GP (8th). Two Cranes were at Stan­ford (9th). There were 35 Waxwings in Abing­ton (to 12th). Twenty Sand­wich Terns and a Gan­net vis­ited Sy­well CP (15th). Two Com­mon Scot­ers vis­ited Pits­ford Reser­voir (23rd) with a Wood War­bler there (29th). Some 300 Black-tailed God­wits flew over Scald­well (28th), when a Bit­tern was at Earls Bar­ton GP. Great White Egrets were at Clifford Hill GP, Stan­wick GP and over Six­fields Northamp­ton.

CLIFFORD HILL: There were three Grey Plovers, two Bar-tailed God­wits, a Whim­brel, Green­shank, 12 Arc­tic Terns, three Black Terns, a Whin­chat, Red­start, Wheatears, 15 Yel­low, ten White and one ‘Chan­nel’ Wag­tail, two Pere­grines and a Red-crested Pochard.

DAVEN­TRY: A White-fronted Goose, Lit­tle Tern, Sand­wich Tern, Arc­tic Tern, Hobby, Lit­tle Gull, Red­start, Yel­low-legged Gull and three Com­mon Sand­pipers vis­ited.

DITCHFORD GP: There was a Marsh Harrier, Gar­ganey, Green­shank, Ruff, Ringed Plover, Lit­tle Ringed Plover, Wheatear and three Black Terns.

EARLS BAR­TON: There were 20 Arc­tic Terns, a few Black Terns, a Lit­tle Tern, two Lit­tle Gulls, two Red-crested Pochards, a Gar­ganey, Wood Sand­piper, Curlew, four Whim­brels, two Ruff, two Green­shanks, a Curlew, Marsh Harrier, Whin­chat, three White Wag­tails, two Green­land-race Wheatears, a Grasshop­per War­bler, five Hob­bies and two Pere­grines.

HOLLOWELL RESER­VOIR: There was a Gar­ganey, Os­prey, Whim­brel, Jack Snipe and sev­eral Arc­tic Terns.

PITS­FORD: There were Ospreys on five dates, a Marsh Harrier, Pere­grine, Short-eared Owl, two Red-crested Pochards, a Gar­ganey, Knot, eight Whim­brels, three Dun­lin, two Grey Plovers, six Ringed Plovers, eight Lit­tle Ringed Plovers, three Com­mon Sand­pipers, a Green Sand­piper, 23 Black Terns, 55 Arc­tic Terns, a Lit­tle Tern, Lit­tle Gull, 50 Yel­low Wag­tails, a ‘Chan­nel’ Wag­tail, White Wag­tail, Rock Pipit, Wheatear and eight Bram­blings.

STAN­FORD: There were eight Black-tailed God­wits, two Bar-tailed God­wits, five Green­shanks, five Whim­brels, 14 Dun­lin, ten Ringed Plovers, 12 Lit­tle Ringed Plovers, four Com­mon Sand­pipers, two Green Sand­pipers, 110 Arc­tic Terns, a Lit­tle Tern and 22 White Wag­tails.

STAN­WICK: There were two Mediter­ranean Gulls, a Marsh Harrier, Gar­ganey, Scaup, Green­shank, Nightin­gale and Grasshop­per War­blers.

THRAP­STON: Three Red-crested Pochards, four Wheatears, two Egyp­tian Geese, two Red­shanks, sev­eral Nightin­gales, 11 Black Terns and 112 Arc­tic Terns were among the best birds logged.

OTHER SITES: Har­ring­ton air­field hosted a Ring Ouzel, Red­start, four Wheatears, four Golden Plovers and a Short-eared Owl. Ospreys were at seven sites. Ring Ouzels were at Up­per Catesby and Newn­ham Hill. Whooper Swans were at Sy­well CP and Bozen­ham Mill. Red­starts were at Brad­laugh Fields Northamp­ton, Long Buckby, Badby Wood and Bor­ough Hill. Bod­ding­ton Reser­voir hosted 30 Arc­tic Terns. Two Cross­bills were at Buck­nell Wood. A Grey Plover flew over Hang­ing Houghton.

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