Friday, 22 August 2014

GODWIT flock still present

Wind now in the Southwest but still very light - pretty cloudy but no rain
At WILSTONE RESERVOIR with increasing mud by the day, all 13 juvenile BLACK-TAILED GODWITS are still present (3rd day), as well as the 6 Common Sandpipers, 2 Green Sandpipers, the long-staying juvenile COMMON GREENSHANK and 102 Lapwing; 3 juvenile DUNLIN were new in.
Otherwise, Ian Williams and I noted 16 Great Crested Grebe, 30 Mute Swan, the 2 adult Whooper Swans, 106 Greylag Geese, the BARNACLE GOOSE with them, 170 Atlantic Canda Geese, 4 juvenile COMMON SHELDUCK, 216 Mallard, 2 MANDARIN DUCK, 30 Gadwall, 96 Common Teal, 15 Northern Shoveler, 9 Pochard, 199 Black-headed Gull, juvenile Argenteus Herring Gull, 15 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (all flying east), 3 HOBBY, 90+ Sand Martin and 16 Pied Wagtails (mainly juveniles).
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Earlier in the day, I partook in my first VizMig session of the autumn on IVINGHOE HILLS NATURE RESERVE. Unsurprisingly, it was very quiet - just a few raptors moving (HOBBY, 5 Common Kestrel, several Red Kites) - only migrants being the odd Common Chiffchaff and single TREE PIPIT and YELLOW WAGTAIL. Otherwise, 10 Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker and Yellowhammer of note.

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