Monthly Sightings
  


Marsh Tit photographed in Lowick Pocket Park



May 2020

A nice early morning walk around my local patch on 8th resulted in 34 species being seen or heard, including my second Cuckoo of the year. Later that day, sitting in the garden I caught sight of a pair of Hobbies flying overhead, a first for my garden.

Sighted a 'ring-tail' Harrier (probably a Hen Harrier) over the village early in the afternoon of the 5th. It was only a quick sighting as it moved away but the white rump and long barred tail was very evident.



April 2020

Unfortunately, as you may have guessed, there were no WeBS or BBS surveys carried out for the BTO this month. Walks have been restricted to the bridleways and footpaths around Lowick. As expected this resulted in only a few additions to my annual list.

The feeders in my small garden did not produce anything new but the House Martins returned to their nests next door.

New species added to my year list (now standing at 68) this month were:

House Martin
Jay
Raven
Swallow
Whitethroat

I once again checked the nest box I put up last year in the Pocket Park, towards the end of the month, and there were 7 Blue Tit eggs present. I'm hopeful that these will hatch and fledge this year.

Hoping to be able to visit some different venues later in May.



Chaffinch
(from 2018)


March 2020


Visit to SP9383 gave some good sightings, Blackcap, several Greenfinch and over 200 Fieldfare amongst 26 different species seen.

Whilst doing my dog walking around Aldwincle Village on several evenings early in the month I heard what appeared to be two Tawny Owls calling but no sightings were made.

From mid-month onwards walks have been restricted to the local footpaths and fields in the Lowick area. Unfortunately, to date, this has limited the number of species seen. Chiffchaffs were heard in the wooded area for the first time this year and a Goldcrest was found along the road by the Pocket Park.

New species added to my year list (now standing at 63) this month were:

Chiffchaff
Goldcrest
Greenfinch
Marsh Tit
Tawny Owl

I checked the nest box I put up last year in the Pocket Park and although there was no nest present there was some fresh moss, so I remain hopeful.

For April, local walks will be the order of the day, probably throughout the month, so we will have to hope that some spring migrants visit the area.





Goldfinch
on the garden nyjer seed feeder




Sparrowhawk
with Blue Tit taken in our Garden (January)


February 2020


A good start to the month on my local patch at Lowick with a Grey Wagtail sighted in an area of rough ground on the farmland, 200 yds from the small Harpers Brook that runs through the village.

A Goldfinch managed to find my garden Nyjer feeder, otherise lots of regular birds on the feeders but nothing really notable.

Seeing raptors (Red Kite, Buzzzard, Kestrel and Sparrowhawks) regularly on my dog walking trips around Aldwincle Village (not Titchmarsh) but no Peregrine on the Church Steeple as yet.

Added a new square to my BTO BBS list, SP9678.  Fairly similar to my local Lowick patch and my other BBS square SP9383 so it will be interesting to see how they compare.

Just 8 new species added this month, some new venues in March may help the year list along.

Blackcap
Common Gull
Grey Wagtail
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Meadow Pipit
Treecreeper
Yellowhammer



Buzzard



Grey Heron

January 2020

A quiet month, mailny spent on local patches at Lowick, Brigstock and Aldwinckle (Village only). I also carried out the monthly BTO WeBS count at Hardingstone Gravel Pit (Delapre), Northampton.

51 species in total, the highlight coming at the end of the month when a Lesser Redpoll visited the Nyjer feeder in our garden.

Barn Owl
Black-headed Gull
Blackbird
Blue Tit
Bullfinch
Buzzard
Canada Goose
Carrion Crow
Chaffinch
Collared Dove
Coot
Cormorant
Dunnock
Fieldfare
Gadwall
Goldfinch
Goosander
Great Crested Grebe
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Tit
Grey Heron
Herring Gull
House Sparrow
Jackdaw
Kestrel
Kingfisher
Lesser Redpoll
Little Egret
Little Grebe
Long-tailed Tit
Magpie
Mallard
Moorhen
Mute Swan
Peregrine
Pheasant
Pied/White Wagtail
Red Kite
Red-legged Partridge
Redwing
Reed Bunting
Robin
Feral Pigeon
Rook
Skylark
Song Thrush
Sparrowhawk
Starling
Tufted Duck
Woodpigeon
Wren



Lesser Redpoll



Singing Robin

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