Thursday, 23 August 2012

A Blast From The Past




The last two days have been spent birding Grove in the morning and then popping in to Restharrow on the way home. There has not been anything new to write about as such, the juvenile Purple Heron is still roosting at Grove and flying out towards Marshside a couple of minutes later each day, 5.37 yesterday 5.39 today. The 5 Garganey are still on the pool from the Ramp as is the singe Ruff. Little Egret numbers fluctuate with 22 yesterday and 16 today. A Black-tailed Godwit has been appearing with the Ducks, Lapwing and the Ruff on the spit as is 1-3 Green Sandpipers; there is also a 1 sometimes 2 Wigeon present. Passing by Feast hide toady I could hear Bearded Tits but they remained out of sight and when I got to the Harrison’s Drove cross over the Wheatear that was present yesterday was still in the first field and while watching this bird I came across 2 Whinchats, the first ones here this Autumn, fortunately we had three spring records with 2 males and a female, a very scarce bird in the spring.
Two Ring-necked Parakeets were calling from the bottom of Harrison’s Drove and at the top end by the river the trees and bushes were alive with migrant Warblers including % or 6 Willow Warblers, several Chiffchaffs, A few Whitethroats, Reed and Sedge Warblers plus mixed in with them several Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tits.
Reed Warbler
The Water Meadows are drying up a bit now and there was no sign today of any Wood Sandpipers, there were three yesterday, only 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpipers, 1 Greenshank and 2 Black-tailed Godwits. At the lake in Stodmarsh I spent some time looking for the Great-white Egret that had been sowing well (albeit distant) there yesterday but, there was no sign of it in the hour I was there and all the lake held save a few common Ducks, were 2 Great-crested Grebes, 3 Pochards and a Great Black-backed Gull on the Tern raft although 300+ Greylag Geese did fly over.
Great-white Egret

Green Woodpecker
There were 2 Kingfishers immediatley in front of Marsh hide but with no fishing perces availble they rested on reeds and were obscured most of the time.
There was more migrant Warblers along the path from Marsh hide to Harrison’s that again included Reed and Sedge, Chiffchaff and Whitethroat plus a couple of Lesser Whitethroats and on reaching the fields I’d earlier had the Whinchats there was now 3 Whinchats and 2 Wheatears. Dropping in on Restharrow has produced very little with the Garganey still there but no sign of the Wood Sand but there was a Little-ringed Plover both times. The best thing, however, today was meeting a onetime birding and twitching colleague who moved to Cornwall back in the early 2000’s and that was Dave Allen with his wife, we had a good catch up talking about new patches and memorable twitches  

Migrant Hawker

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