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Numbers of Red-crested Pochards were restricted this week to a female at Pitsford Res from 18th to 21st and the two at Stanford Res until the latter date, while the female Scaup remained at Sywell CP all week.
Three Scaup were still at Pitsford on 18th, with at least one still present until 21st and the same site sprung a female Common Scoter – initially reported north of the causeway and subsequently relocated in Pintail Bay – on 19th.
Located less than a mile from the town centre, this site held up to four throughout the week, often providing excellent views and great photo opportunities.
Last week’s showy juvenile Whooper Swan remained at Ravensthorpe Res until at least 21st, while the long-staying juvenile Pink-footed Goose was still present at Stanwick GP on 23rd.
The proportion of the summer population involved is unknown and more work needs to be done to determine if this is occurring with any regularity.
Great White Egret were still ensconced in the usual sites, with maxima including five at Pitsford on 18th, four at Stanwick GP on 22nd, three at Ravensthorpe on 21st and two over Ditchford GP on 24th.November is the classic month for the arrival inland of Great Northern Divers and this month did not disappoint, with Stanford Res attracting a juvenile to the area by the dam on the last day of the week.Another sign of the approaching winter was the appearance of a Bittern, seen coming in to roost at Stortons GP on 22nd.On 3rd, one was at East Carlton CP and two were still at the traditional site of Blatherwycke Churchyard, followed the next day by one at Pitsford Res and another was photographed at Cottesbrooke on 8th.Single Snow Buntings – or perhaps the same one – were seen in flight, west-southwest over Pitsford Res on 4th and in the Brampton Valley two days later, on 6th.