Tree sparrows are a particular speciality at Summer Leys, with possibly the largest breeding colony in Northamptonshire and one of the largest in Britain. A visit to the feeding station will reward you with close views of this attractive species whose numbers have suffered dramatic declines elsewhere. Wading birds use the scrape and the shallow lake margins. Oystercatcher, ringed plover, little ringed plover and redshank stay to breed, whilst whimbrel, turnstone and common sandpiper pass through during migration. One of the most obvious breeding bird species is the common tern; numerous pairs nest in a colony on the islands where they are safe from predators. During the winter large numbers and a wide variety of ducks can be seen, including teal, wigeon, shoveler, pochard and tufted duck. They are joined by large numbers of golden plover, sometimes over a thousand, which roost on the islands and fly out to nearby fields to feed.

Male goldeneye

Location

Postcode: NN29 7PT

Latitude / Longitude: 52.2611196, -0.7029279

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