Monday, 1 September 2014

Nothing new today

The juvenile BLACK TERN remains on Startop's End (with an influx of 52 Shoveler) while Wilstone harbours just 3 GREENSHANK, 8 BLACK-TAILED GODWIT, 3 Green Sandpipers, the first Common Snipe of the autumn and the 2 Whooper Swans

Mike Nott's images from today -:


Juvenile Black-tailed Godwit




Lapwings: up to 600 present on some days


Green Sandpiper


today's Common Snipe


Whooper Swan


Chinese Water Deer

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Yet another GREAT WHITE EGRET (becoming annual)

DAVE HUTCHINSON kindly supplied the following -:

After seeing the juvenile BLACK TERN at Startop's, I moved on to Wilstone where Steve Rodwell had spotted a GREAT WHITE EGRET fly in.

Also noted at Wilstone were 9 BLACK-TAILED GODWITS, 2 Green Sands, 2 Greenshanks, 2 Whoopers and 3 Shelducks


Hobby at College Lake


Great White Egret on Wilstone - remained on view for about 10 minutes before flying off to College Lake




Juvenile Black Tern on Startop's End Reservoir

Saturday, 30 August 2014

BAR-TAILED GODWIT for 15 minutes


Phone-'scoped picture of today's BAR-TAILED GODWIT found by Mike Campbell.

Mike watched it fly in and land at 12:10, unfortunately it was only present ca. 15 mins before flying off towards Aston Clinton (David Bilcock)

Thursday, 28 August 2014

OSPREY overnights it



One of yesterday's OSPREYS remained overnight. The bird photographed by Dave Hutchinson above reappeared over Wilstone at 0900 hours this morning (Steve Rodwell) and then flew purposefully east towards Tringford, where I intercepted it. It then continued to Marsworth, where it hovered for a while (to 0917), before relocating to College Lake and lastly Pitstone Quarry, eventually disappearing from view at about 0930.

Otherwise, nothing new: Little Grebe, 8 Little Egret, 2 Whooper Swans, Barnacle Goose, 3 juvenile Common Shelduck, 5 Eurasian Wigeon, 130 Teal, Hobby, juvenile Common Buzzard, numerous Red Kite, 598 Lapwing, the 13 juvenile Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Redshank, 2 Common Greenshank, a juvenile Little Ringed Plover, 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 7 Common Swift, 375 House Martin (LGRE, SR, Francis Buckle, Richard Woodhead)

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

A Red Letter Day at Tring

Please find attached some (very much) record shots of the OSPREY this afternoon taken from the Jetty bank as it moved over the Drayton bank (0.4 miles away). Spotted by Graham Gillan flying north to
south over Drayton bank spooking everything in sight. Subsequently seen catching a fish in Wilstone, so no doubt there are better pictures out there. This was one of two OSPREYS present simultaneously (Michale Nott)


Otherwise, first thing Dave Bilcock had 8 Ringed Plover and 2 Dunlin fly through, then Steve Rodwell located a party of 3 SANDWICH TERNS (2 adults and a juvenile), which stayed for just over an hour before flying off east. Later in the afternoon, Steve had 13 BLACK-TAILED GODWITS, 2 GREENSHANK, a juvenile LITTLE RINGED PLOVER, 2 Common Redshanks, the 2 Whooper Swans, the Barnacle Goose, Peregrine and 1 Common Swift (up to 6 in recent days). Steve also had a juvenile YELLOW-LEGGED GULL yesterday.

On the Hills, up to 6 WHINCHATS still present.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Chats on the Hills

There were still 2 WHINCHAT and 2 NORTHERN WHEATEAR on Ivinghoe Sheep Fields this morning (Francis Buckle, Richard Woodhead, et al) whilst at Wilstone Reservoir, everything was the same bar 2 Dunlin (13 juvenile BLACK-TAILED GODWITS, 2 GREENSHANK, 4 Shelduck, etc)









Saturday, 23 August 2014

Saturday's Highlights

A summary of news taken from the Diaries of Ian Williams, David Bilcock and Steve Rodwell -:

Not much change at WILSTONE where BLACK-TAILED GODWITS had risen by 1 to 14 juveniles, COMMON GREENSHANKS now become 2, a 'new' juvenile DUNLIN and up to 8 Common Sandpipers; the juvenile PEREGRINE was patrolling again.

Steve had what was possibly a HONEY BUZZARD drift through very high mid-morning, while Ian saw the 3 SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS in the field behind the hide access track.

David did the IVINGHOE HILLS between 0700 and 0900 hours and had 4 WHINCHATS in the sheep pen vicinity (not located later) and 4+ COMMON REDSTARTS between the car park and trig point (I had 7 this evening, with a Tawny Owl hooting loudly from the Beech strip).

A PIED AVOCET was reported from Wilstone last knockings last night but was not there at dawn this morning.