This weekend I have spent all my available daylight hours, apart cooking my mum breakfast in bed today as it is mothers day and I am a good boy, I have been down at Pitsford Reservoir doing my daily checks and an obvious movement of birds is starting to take place.
There has been quite a fair amount of gull passage occurring over the last two weeks or so and Friday was no exception. I was round the dam area of Pitsford Res in the evening after school and there was no gulls or very few birds to be seen at all from here, then in one big flock, at least 300+ Herring Gulls dropped in with about 50+ Lesser Black Backed and a handful of Greater Black Backed Gulls. I thought my luck had changed for a white winged gull but my hopes didn't come to much at all.
Yesterday was a bright but windy day with a strong northerly wind persisting through most of the day, however this did not deter a female Osprey to fly in from the south at around 11 O' clock and fish for about half an hour in the Scaldwell Bay before it continued its journey north without a fish, but with a Red Kite chasing it till it was out of sight. Interestingly, this bird was bearing a green colour ring and was originally ringed at Rutland Water in 2004 as a female. This makes it 13 years old if it reaches to the summer, imagine the number on miles that bird will have covered in its life! Other birds noted include the White Fronted Goose, two Oystercatcher, a Snipe, a Redshank, two Lapwing, three Green Sandpiper, a Marsh Tit and a few Little Egrets. I then went up to Harrington Airfield to feed the birds were I flushed two Grey Partridge and a male White Wagtail was along the concrete track with Pied Wagtails and Yellowhammers.
Today was the day of patch year ticks, I managed to catch up finally with the Nuthatch in the Moulton Grange Bay which has been present for nearly two weeks now as it was singing refutably as was the Willow Warbler in a neighbouring tree, this was my first of the year. Then, after walking less than 100 yards, a Curlew went over calling wildly as it was flying south, I was able to repeat its call and it started to circle above me, this was when I found out I had left my camera battery at home. Ah well. After five minutes of it circling, it continued its journey south. The Slavonian Grebe was still present in its winter plumage in the Pintail Bay and other birds included the three Green Sandpipers, two Oystercatchers, six Snipe, a Pintail and what could possibly be my last Fieldfares of the year. Its weird seeing winter and summer migrants on the same day.
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