Tuesday, 27 July 2010

DUNLIN at Tyttenhanger for second day


A few light rain showers during the morning followed by very humid and cloudy conditions. Dark clouds gathered again early evening. I spent the day searching for Yellow Wagtail in my local Recording Area but without success (these next four weeks are optimum for this species). Autumn is fast approaching now with my local Common Swifts sadly now departed (after an excellent breeding season) and the first juvenile Willow Warbler of the fall appearing.........


The summer-plumaged adult DUNLIN was present on the spit for its second day but other than that still no sign of the hoped-for passage Black-tailed Godwit or Common Greenshank

A supporting cast consisted of -:

Great Crested Grebe (4 adults, with one pair attending two noisy juveniles)
Little Grebe (two adults)
Mute Swan (pair with 3 cygnets)
Greylag Geese (pair)
Gadwall (15)
Tufted Duck (11)
Northern Pochard (1 female)
Lapwing (117 on spit)
Black-headed Gull (126)
COMMON GULL (1 adult on spit)
Common Terns (10 including 4 juveniles)

Green & Great Spotted Woodpecker
Sand Martin (2)
Western Reed Warblers (8)
Blackcap (1)
Common Chiffchaff (2)
Goldcrest (3)
TREE SPARROW (2 in the Oak hedgerow but none now attending last week's nest hole)
Carrion Crow (8 - two family parties in the sheep fields)
Reed Bunting (singing male)


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