I keep an eye on what rare birds are present in Northants although I rarely do anything about them!
Two or three weeks ago, on a Sunday, there was a pair of Black-winged Stilts at the local Summer Leys nature reserve only a few minutes away from my home. I didn’t rush off to look at them as my attitude was that they would either stay for ages (in which case I would catch up with them eventually) or they would be a one-day wonder (in which case I wasn’t too fussed). They were a one-day wonder but they seemed to spend most of that day copulating – Northamptonshire hadn’t seen anything like it before!
I wonder whether this pair, because they did seem quite close, ended up in either Sussex at Medmerry, or Kent at Cliffe, RSPB Reserves for we now hear that both pairs at those sites hatched young last week.
Last week I noticed that there was a Great White Egret at my local patch of Stanwick Lakes but the bird that caught my eye on the newswire was a singing Corn Bunting, the only known one in the county, at an undisclosed location.
Who would have thought that Black-winged Stilts would be having babies in southern England when Great White Egrets are flying around central England but that there is only a single singing Corn Bunting in Northants?