Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Low Water

Pitsford Water has been at its lowest level now than for quite a few years. This has been mainly due to the bank workings on the southern side. I suspect this won't be the case for much longer and as the works are completed water will be pumped back into the reservoir from the rivers.
This is the level we were used to back in the 60's 70's and 80's and most of us will have a nostalgic memories of the birding in those days - except Jacob of course.
Hopefully the level will remain low in time for some good birds and especially wader migration. At the moment we have had some good numbers of Common Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, Dunlin etc.
Also Osprey has been quite a regular visitor possibly not quite so many Hobbys this year. Common Terns have departed as have the Oystercatchers but the arrival of a Black Tern could be the precursor for good things to come.
The southern side still seems to hold a fair amount of water and yesterday hosted a Spotted Redshank and with all those boulders in place a Purple Sandpiper may find its way.
All in all I hope we have some great passage, an off course Buff-breasted Sandpiper or another
Sociable Plover would be nice, wouldn't it!

Walgrave arm

Scaldwell arm

Holcot bay

Spotted Redshank  Bob Gill.

Osprey RDG.
Greenshanks RDG.

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