Friday, 26 August 2011



A few heavy showers swept through during the morning leaving cooler but much brighter conditions behind. The wind switched back to a fresh Southwesterly.......

(Evening visit; with Mike Hirst and Steve Rodwell)

The main highlight of the day was the arrival overnight of an adult transitionally-plumaged BLACK-NECKED GREBE (Roy Hargreaves), which spent its time feeding between the algae bunds and the car park steps. It was the first to be seen at the reservoirs this year.....

Next off, it was a fall of warblers in the East Hedgerow that incited most interest, with a LESSER WHITETHROAT, 3 juvenile WILLOW WARBLERS and 5 Common Chiffchaffs working their way along the hedge south of the tall Poplars

Waders were consistent with all four juvenile RUFFS still present (see Lucy Flower's shots above), the 2 juvenile BLACK-TAILED GODWITS, 9 COMMON GREENSHANKS, 1 GREEN SANDPIPER, 4 Common Sandpipers, the 8 RINGED PLOVERS and the 2 LITTLE RINGED PLOVERS..

Of the rest, still 15 Little Egrets and 8 Wigeon, now 127 Common Teal, 34 Cormorants, juvenile Sparrowhawk and 43 House Martins.

The Chinese Water Deer family has now increased to four with the arrival of another fawn

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