Saturday, 11 September 2010

Saturday 11th September

The bird I have been expecting all week finally arrived this morning with a Black Tern (121) resting on the buoys in the centre of the reservoir this represents the first for the year and takes the year list to 121. There were still two Common Sandpiper on the edge but yesterdays Ringed Plover appears to have gone.

There was a large mixed tit flock of around 100 birds mostly Blue, Great, Long-tailed but it was hard to get on birds as they moved through thick vegetation but I picked up a few Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Chaffinch and Bullfinch in with them.

Another good species today was a Raven by the railway line behind small pool. I saw the male Sparrowhawk again today.

After a text from TP about an Arctic Tern at Shustoke, I curtailed my visit to Coleshill Quarry (Greenshank still) dropped the dog at home, picked up my scope and returned to the Res, the juvenile Arctic Tern was found in flight with a juvenile Common Tern allowing for a comparison of both species in flight. The Black Tern was still present and all three species could be savoured at the same time! Common Sandpiper number had increased to three.

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