Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Tuesday 2 September


Vizmigging up IVINGHOE BEACON produced very little in the light SSE winds, highlights being 4 WHINCHATS with 62 Meadow Pipits in the Sheep Pen fields....

Over at STARTOP'S END RESERVOIR (TRING), the juvenile BLACK TERN was present for its third day, commuting back and forth to the bales. A single Little Grebe was new here, but all of yesterday's 52 Shoveler had gone! Otherwise, 5 Mute Swans, 25 Tufted Duck, 1 Gadwall, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 25 Black-headed Gull, 8 Common Tern, 53 Coot, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail and 13 House Martin. With the water level dropping, 12 Moorhen were counted...

WILSTONE had attracted nothing new in the Southeasterlies, and after two fishermen had walked out onto the Drayton Bank, the only waders left were the 8 juvenile BLACK-TAILED GODWITS, 2 GREENSHANK, a COMMON REDSHANK and 1-2 Green Sandpipers; 2 Whooper Swans still and a lot of wildfowl: 170 Mallard, 42 Gadwall, 7 Wigeon, 28 Shoveler and 14 Northern Pochard.

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