Friday, 3 June 2011



Another gorgeous day, high pressure firmly in charge - wall-to-wall sunshine, clear blue skies and temperatures in the mid 70's

(1100-1200 hours)

Following Steve Blake's call, I met up with him and Terry Wood at Tyttenhanger Farm. Two COMMON GREENSHANKS were present on the sand - presumably late northbound migrants. Both birds were together and feeding very voraciously.

My attention then turned to the more regular birds present, with 8 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Little Grebes, 21 Lapwing, 2 Ringed Plovers, 1 adult Argenteus Herring Gull, 8 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 11 Black-headed Gulls, 6 Common Terns, Red-legged Partridge pair, 2 Stock Dove, 24 Sand Martins, 2 Reed Buntings and 2 singing male Western Reed Warblers. A total of 6 Common Whitethroats was noted and just one nesting pair of TREE SPARROWS but Terry and I were unable to locate the resident Little Owl, despite the warm sunshine.

Odonata were well represented with Emperor Dragonfly (5+), Common Blue, Blue-tailed and Azure Damselflies, Black-tailed Skimmer and Broad-bodied and Four-spotted Chasers being noted at the 'Cut-off' Marsh, with Common Blue and Small Heath butterflies in the farmland adjacent.

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