MONDAY 14 SEPTEMBER
Plenty of rain came through in the night to leave a day of heavy showers and blustery, warm SW winds.....
At WILSTONE RESERVOIR this morning, the juvenile OSPREY came in to look on two occasions before flying back towards Weston Turville Reservoir. This bird spent nearly two hours at WTR on Saturday and hovered over Wilstone late yesterday afternoon (IW/DB).
Otherwise, much the same as usual, but with a vast increase in wildfowl.....
Great Crested Grebe (21)
Little Grebe (4)
Sinensis Cormorant (31)
Grey Heron (7)
LITTLE EGRET (16 - my highest count this autumn)
Mute Swan (21)
Greylag Goose (90)
Atlantic Canada Goose (1 with Greylag Geese)
Eurasian Wigeon (58)
Common Teal (massive numbers present - at least 507)
*GARGANEY (at least 3 present, probably all four)
PINTAIL (increase with 5 birds now present)
Tufted Duck (45)
Northern Pochard (large increase to 94 birds)
GREATER SCAUP (eclipse drake still present)
Red Kite (5)
Common Coot (marked decrease - just 331 now)
Ringed Plover (juvenile still present)
Little Ringed Plover (3 juveniles still present)
Green Sandpiper (1)
COMMON GREENSHANK (4 still present)
RUFF (a new juvenile - 2nd day)
Black-headed Gull (270)
MEDITERRANEAN GULL (2 juveniles)
Green & Great Spotted Woodpecker
Common Kingfisher (2)
Very quiet in terms of small birds with very few migrants: 8 SAND MARTINS flew through, a single Barn Swallow, 7 Common Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap and the odd Goldcrest
At COLLEGE LAKE BBOWT, the reported Scaup related to a female Tufted Duck with a broad white forehead blaze, with the WHINCHSAT still in the field in the NE corner
Very quiet at PITSTONE HILL, with just singles of SISKIN, Barn Swallow & Linnet, plus 3 Yellowhammers, whilst a long migration vigil on IVINGHOE BEACON culminated in a very poor 23 House Martins south, 2 Barn Swallows, 1 Common Buzzard and 3 Common Kestrels and just 1 Common Chiffchaff in the scrub.