Monday, 4 May 2009


Solitary WHIMBREL flew NE over Bedmond at 1325 hours. Also some northerly movement of Swift, Swallow & Lesser Black-backed Gull.

Selected breeding records: Chaffinch & Song Thrush nests found at Garston in past couple of days; Long-tailed Tits carrying food at Bourne End & Berkhamsted Castle on Saturday; fledged Mistle Thrushes near Bedmond today (Colin Everett)

Received a call from Jim Rudland at 3.00pm to say that he had found a WOOD SANDPIPER in front of the viewpoint at Amwell. I got down there at 5.10pm and watched it for 10-15 seconds during which time it was calling most of the time, clearly unsettled. It then flew off and towered above the island before heading out over Easnye Wood and away.

Nice to get one by 10 seconds for a change rather than miss one by 10 seconds as is usually the case (Alan Reynolds)

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