Friday, 14 August 2015

Amwell LITTLE STINTS present for a second day, WOOD SAND briefly at Tyttenhanger and first COMMON REDSTARTS of autumn

First thing this morning Dave Bilcock discovered this DUNLIN on Startop's End Reservoir (Tring) - my first of the year in the Recording Area...

With the water levels dropping at Tring in recent weeks, we have seen a fair few waders appearing with an adult PECTORAL SANDPIPER, 3 Greenshank, at least 1 Black-tailed Godwit, up to 9 Green Sandpipers and several Common Sandpipers. More will follow in the next few weeks..

Over at AMWELL, Barry Reed discovered 2 juvenile LITTLE STINTS yesterday, both being present today, as well as an adult TURNSTONE, while Steve Blake had a WOOD SANDPIPER very briefly at Tyttenhanger GP

On the passerine front and following 2 in the Bishop's Stortford area, Dan Forder discovered a male COMMON REDSTART this evening in the hedgerow that borders Nettleden Road in Crossways Farm Horse Paddocks. I watched the bird until dusk...

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

First WHINCHATS of the autumn

Present for a second day, this pair of WHINCHAT represent the first of the autumn. They are frequenting the fenceline bordering the marsh just north of Shafford Farm and are viewable very distantly from the lane that runs through and beyond the farm looking through the gap in the hedgerow. Shafford Farm is situated east of the main road between St Albans and Redbourne and is accessed on foot from the main road half a mile north of St Albans link road.