Friday, 12 August 2011

LITTLE EGRETS through the 30 barrier


A strong SW wind was blowing, with occasional rain in the air and a mixture of sunshine and cloudy conditions. It was fairly warm.

(Evening visit)

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.


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.


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.


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.


A gathering of 55 House Martins at dusk

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