THURSDAY 11 AUGUST
A strong SW wind was blowing, with occasional rain in the air and a mixture of sunshine and cloudy conditions. It was fairly warm.
WILSTONE RESERVOIR, TRING (HERTS)
LITTLE EGRETS were the main talking point this evening with no less than 31 present - another new record for the locality. At one point, 22 were standing together by the exposed inlet stream at the far SW corner of the site. A new development was of a breakaway group of 8 birds roosting in the dead trees at the west end of Tringford Reservoir late evening - ignoring the main roost in the Willows on the Drayton Bank. The vast majority of birds are juveniles.
Otherwise, little in the way of new arrivals - the juvenile Spotted Redshank of the past four days had departed leaving a wader presence consisting of 7 COMMON GREENSHANKS, 5-6 GREEN SANDPIPERS, 3 Common Sandpipers, an adult summer DUNLIN (on the main spit), 395 Lapwings and a newly arrived adult RINGED PLOVER (also on the main spit between the jetty and bank that has now become fully exposed).
The remaining roll-call comprised just 10 Great Crested Grebes, very few waterfowl with just 8 Common Teal, 38 Mute Swans, 87 Atlantic Canada Geese, 59 Greylag Geese and 51 Common Terns, whilst overhead were 1 COMMON SWIFT and 43 House Martins.
TRINGFORD RESERVOIR (HERTS)
In addition to the 8 roosting Little Egrets in trees at the west end were 2 Mute Swans, 27 Tufted Duck and 3 Northern Pochards.
STARTOP'S END RESERVOIR (HERTS)
Another reservoir being used to support the neighbouring canal and clearly dropping in level. As a result, no less than 148 Mallard counted, along with the two adult WHOOPER SWANS, 2 Mute Swans, 42 Tufted Duck, 2 Northern Pochard, 4 Great Crested Grebe and 8 Moorhen.
MARSWORTH RESERVOIR (HERTS)
Another 4 Great Crested Grebes, a pair of Moorhen feeding a single tiny young and noisy activity by 8 or more Western Reed Warblers in the overflow reedbed.
BELL LANE, LITTLE CHALFONT (BUCKS)
A gathering of 55 House Martins at dusk