Tuesday, 18 October 2016

JACK SNIPES in residence

Not a lot to report locally I am afraid. The continuing highlight is the presence of up to 4 JACK SNIPES feeding along the muddy reedbed fringe of WILSTONE RESERVOIR in Cemetery Corner (see image below for location but basically first reedbed right of largest bay looking across from jetty bench). A couple of Water Rail also feeding in this area, with wildfowl numbers still high, including 454 Common Teal & 94 Shoveler but only 2 Pintail remaining and a single GARGANEY. A few Grey Wagtails about and the odd migrant Skylark and Meadow Pipit overhead. A further 68 Shoveler feeding on MARSWORTH RESERVOIR.

Dave Bilcock informs me that the drake GREATER SCAUP is back on STARTOP'S, in pretty much full eclipse, while Richard Whitehead had 150 European Golden Plover over WILSTONE yesterday

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