Sunday, 22 July 2012

Not much going down

Barry Reed had a BLACK-TAILED GODWIT in summer plumage at Amwell NR on Friday, whilst a Mandarin Duck has been lingering there.

I found a fairly worn female MARSH HARRIER at Mount Hill last week, presumably the regular nesting bird, whilst nearby, Barry Reed, Alan Reynolds, Dave Beer and Mike Ilett had up to two calling COMMON QUAIL at Deadman Hill. SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS have done well in Wallington village, with two separate broods fledging, but HOBBIES have fared badly

There has been no breeding detail of the Hilfield Park Reservoir Black-necked Grebes - must get over to see if any young have fledged yet. COMMON RAVENS seem to have done well though

At Tring Reservoirs, very quiet of late, highlights being two NUTHATCHES and a COAL TIT, numerous SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS and a few returning COMMON SANDPIPERS

At Weston Turville Reservoir, not far from the Herts border, there is a report of a SAVI'S WARBLER reeling but I had a listen on Friday evening but failed to hear anything other than young Tawny Owls.

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