Friday, 15 August 2014


Still plenty of wader activity with a new juvenile BLACK-TAILED GODWIT on site, showing well from the hide; also 4-5 Green Sandpipers, 4 Common Sandpipers, the continuing Common Greenshank, an increase to 340 Lapwing and a single Dunlin. The Dunstable Sewage Farm Whooper Swan pair are back, along with 2 juvenile Common Shelduck, 27 Teal, 36 Gadwall and 46 Mute Swans - whilst migrants include up to 106 Sand Martin and a Common Swift.

A Barnacle Goose with Greylag Geese on College Lake BBOWT on Tuesday relocated to Marsworth/Wilstone next day and still remains present, with up to 5 Red-crested Pochards still in residence and broods of both Little and Great Crested Grebe (including 7 of the latter). Two family parties of SPOTTED FLYCATCHER are about, including 4 on Wilstone and 5 on Marsworth.

Images from Wednesday Evening.......

The Barnacle Goose on Marsworth (in fields east of the canal)

Juvenile Black-tailed Godwit

Two broods of Great Crested Grebe on Marsworth: 3 and a 1

The long-staying Common Greenshank

Lapwing flock on the Drayton Bank now up to 340 birds

The eclipsed drake Mandarin Duck on Marsworth

Pair of Whooper Swans on Wilstone: these birds originate from the once 11-strong flock in Wardown Park, Luton but now retricted to just two surviving adults, most often residing at Dunstable Sewage Treatment Works

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