Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Wilstone this evening..........



The morning started cloudy and calm with variable winds. A weak front then pushed in from the west bringing light drizzle for a while, quickly replaced by much brighter, warmer conditions and an increasing SW wind....

Despite a good crop of waders elsewhere (eg, Turnstone, Euff, Dunlin and 5 Greenshank all dropping in at Little Marlow today), the only new arrival at Wilstone was a very brief transitional SANDERLING (RH, SR), which had disappeared by 0745 hours.....

JT, SR and I did a comprehensive search of the reservoir this evening with the following results -:

Waders still present on the mud included the two juvenile BLACK-TAILED GODWITS (see Dave Bilcock's excellent images above), the four juvenile RUFFS (see Lucy Flowers fabulous shot above), just 9 COMMON GREENSHANK, 3 Common Sandpipers and 1 Green Sandpiper, whilst the main spit between the jetty and bank still held 8 adult RINGED PLOVERS and 2 juvenile LITTLE RINGED PLOVERS.

Wildfowl continue to increase with at least 112 Common Teal and a whopping 48 Northern Pochard, whilst Little Egrets remain at 15 and Wigeon at 9.

Two late COMMON SWIFTS were noted, along with 65 Sand Martins and 30+ House Martins. Two Jays were feeding at the back of the hide.

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