Sunday, 9 May 2010

......And a few snippets from Steve Rodwell

Saturday Wilstone Reservoir: There was another single WHIMBREL and then a group of 6. It was great to hear that the 3 TURNSTONES that circled around Wilstone several times ended up at College Lake. Up to 4 ARCTIC TERNS, 2 still present in the evening (all above seen with Dan Forder).

There was some fantastic views of HOBBIES hunting. Up to 3 Hobbies chasing hirundines or Swifts. One Hobby overshoot when dive-bombing a swallow yesterday and hit the water, but managed to fly off. Today 2 Hobbies grappled with one another, both plunging down to the surface of the reservoir, and this time one bird was almost totally submerged and just about struggled out from the water.

On Wednesday there were 15 Hobbies just before dusk and 11 on Thursday.

On Tuesday Dave, Stuart and I saw 4 Common Shelducks briefly in the evening. Wednesday - 2 Arctic Terns. Friday - 3 Dunlins. Ivinghoe Beacon - Wednesday evening: Only 1 gropper was singing. There was no sign of the one on Steps Hill.

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