SATURDAY 7 JULY
Not bad temperature wise but the frequent heavy rain showers continued on and on......
At COLLEGE LAKE BBOWT (BUCKS) first thing, Paul Reed identified two adult ICELANDIC BLACK-TAILED GODWITS and a single WHIMBREL on the main marsh bit all 3 departed quickly to the east. By the time I arrived, it was mainly breeding waders on view: the OYSTERCATCHERS with three young on west island, no less than 5 juvenile COMMON REDSHANKS, a pair of Lapwings with two small young, LITTLE RINGED PLOVERS and at least 1 Ringed Plover.
In addition to the last nesting pair, 129 post-breeding Lapwings were also present
Three juvenile COMMON SHELDUCKS have survived, whilst other species noted included 15 Common Terns, a juvenile Pied Wagtail and 40 Common Swifts
The BTO ringing session yielded Western Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler and Great Spotted Woodpecker amongst its highlights, along with a surprising good number of juvenile Great Tits.
At WILSTONE RESERVOIR, Ian Williams helped me out with my first local LESSER WHITETHROAT rattler of the year - in the new outflow hedgerow - with the Black Poplar nesting pair of SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS busily feeding two young and the male GRASSHOPPER WARBLER still reeling nearby.
Mute Swan numbers have now risen to 42, with a juvenile Common Tern present amongst 21 adults and 5 migrant COMMON SANDPIPERS