Saturday, 7 July 2012

Migrant waders briefly at College


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

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