Sunday, 19 July 2009

A day of two halves

Sunday 19th 10.00am...

Greenfinch 2
Goldfinch 25/30
Sparrowhawk 1
Whitethroat 2
Sedge Warbler 1
Usual Moorhen, Coot, Little Grebe plus large group of House Martins, Swallow and Swifts at the pools and in area.
Moorhen with 2 young on Darter Pool and 2 Emperor Dragonfly.
Wildfowler’s Green Sandpiper 1.
Moorhen 2 on flood
Willow Warbler on upper track along with numerous Goldfinch, Wren and Dunnock.
Marsh, numerous Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Curlew 3, Grey Heron 3, Skylark 1, Kestrel 3. Common Sandpiper 5 on mud with Pied Wagtail 2.

Cheers for that Steve. I only managed an early evening today visit where the highlights included:

1 Little ringed plover, 3 little grebe, the usual coot, mallard etc at Freeman's Pools. Male reed bunting.

2 green sandpiper and first post-breeding snipe at the Wildfowlers' Pools - as viewed from the cycle track gate.

1 green sandpiper on the Flood, plus moorhen pair with 1 well-grown young.

Little egret over the marsh.

Stunning summer plumaged islandica black-tailed godwit feeding in the fields with a group of 12 curlew and 6 lapwing.

Heard a call I couldn't place coming from a briefly seen silhouetted 'large finch' as I was cycling along - a very dull, dry un-melodic trill, almost with the texture of skylark but none of the warmth... if I figure it out I'll post it on here!

Jon C


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