Thursday, 29 August 2013

On a roll!

Tuesday 27th August

Had a walk around, nothing unexpected a late Swift was the pick. One Common Sandpiper was the only wader apart from Lapwing. A Kingfisher flew across the Reservoir and there were still good numbers of hirundines feeding just above the tree tops in the Sailing Club car park. If nothing else at least it was a good bit of exercise.

Wednesday 28th August

Took a walk with the Captain, this time we actually saw a few passerines, which have been scarce on the ground recently. The Water Treatment Works held numerous Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler, a party of Long-tailed Tits and various other common birds. The highlight tonight was the number of gulls with a near adult Yellow-legged Gull.

I had commented recently that in previous years at the end of August that there are usually good numbers of wildfowl attracted to the Reservoir. Well tonight three Shoveler flew in and there were also four Gadwall and around six Wigeon. The Lapwing seemed to have peaked at around 50 bird and tonight they were joined by two Common Sandpiper. Hirundines tonight mainly consisted of Swallow were as in recent days they have been mainly Sand Martin. And lastly we saw a Yellow Wagtail which flew down the length of the Reservoir but wasn’t relocated.

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