Monday, 24 August 2009

PIED FLYCATCHERS and BLACK TERNS herald autumn passage

A summary of Recent Sightings - 21-24 August

Two juvenile PIED FLYCATCHERS were discovered: in Willows and scrub in the old sailing base area of the North Metropolitan Pit at Cheshunt (Graham White) on 22nd and at New Park Farm, Newgate Street on 23rd (per Alan Gardiner)

With a touch of east in the wind, BLACK TERNS arrived at Wilstone Reservoir, with 27 on 23rd and a further 18 on 24th (many observers), whilst a juvenile MARSH HARRIER lingered from 1605-1618 hours on 24th (Steve Rodwell)

At least 1 GARGANEY remained at Rye Meads RSPB, with a juvenile RUFF there on 22nd-23rd (Graham White), whilst at Cheshunt GP on 22nd, a late COMMON SWIFT, 8 YELLOW WAGTAILS and a WHINCHAT were noted (Graham White), and a NORTHERN GOSHAWK near Broxbourne Woods on 23rd (Graham White).

MARSH HARRIER numbers have now dwindled on the Therfield Downs, with just 4 juveniles remaining, whilst the first-summer female HEN HARRIER continues to roam, being watched on the ground for some time on 22nd (Mike Ilett)

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