Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Bank Holiday Weekend Highlights

Amwell was the place to be with the first-summer drake RED-BREASTED MERGANSER remaining throughout on the private Sheepcote Farm Fishing Pit immediately north of the access track to the railway crossing. There is only one very narrow window of opportunity to view this pit along this entrance road and every now and again the merganser comes into view. Up to 3 different BLACK TERNS visited the site over the weekend, with the singing male COMMON NIGHTINGALE showing well on occasions and the GRASSHOPPER WARBLER reeling sporadically.

At Tyttenhanger GP, a BAR-TAILED GODWIT and WHIMBREL remained on 5th-6th (Simon West, Steve Blake), whilst WHINCHATS included 2 at Croxley Common Moor (Martin Parr) and up to 3 at Hatfield Aerodrome.

On 7th May, 7 WHIMBREL flew over Moneyhill, Rickmansworth (Steve Younger) whist today, Francis Buckle watched an OSPREY fly south over Amwell Watchpoint.

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