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.