Thursday, 30 September 2010

LITTLE STINTS take advantage of the mud but yet another RUFF departs quickly

Dave Bilcock's phone-scoped images


Very misty with somewhat poor visibility for a few hours after dawn. Dave Bilcock texted to say that he had seen two LITTLE STINTS at Wilstone, so I made my way straight over......

(0830-0930 hours)

As DB had implied, Wilstone was really in great shape and very attractive for birds. With work to be carried out again on the vegetation on the banks, the water level is dropping daily and extensive mud is now on show. Although the earlier RUFF had departed after just a short while, I was very pleased after missing the weekend Red Knot to finally add a new bird in late September - the LITTLE STINTS...

Both juvenile birds were still present and showing very well just to the left (north) of the Drayton Hide. Dave Hutchison managed to obtain an excellent image of one of the birds and on Wednesday and Thursday, a singleton remained.

The first 26 EUROPEAN GOLDEN PLOVERS of the autumn also arrived and were roosting on the central spit but most impressive was the 14 NORTHERN PINTAILS - the flock including one adult drake.


The juvenile BLACK-NECKED GREBE was still present, favouring between the jetty and the Drayton Bank.
Little Grebe (1 still present)
Great Crested Grebe (11)
WHOOPER SWANS (both adults still present)
Common Teal (196)
GARGANEY still present
Eurasian Wigeon (57)
Gadwall (24)
Shoveler (82)
Northern Pochard (204)
Lapwing (74)
Common Kingfisher (3)
Pied Wagtail (2)
Grey Wagtail (1)
Goldcrest (5 in North Hedgerow)

Chinese Water Deer (1)


A massive influx of wildfowl with a full inventory logging 15 Great Crested Grebe, 15 Mute Swans, 15 Teal, 34 Shoveler, 226 Tufted Duck, 93 Northern Pochard and the two continuing RED-CRESTED POCHARDS.


Just single Great Crested Grebe and Mute Swan

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