Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Farlington Marshes (27/08/2013)

For the first time ever I did a double loop of the walk which turned out to be of some benefit.  I walked clockwise.  There were quite a few Whitethroats in the bushes but little else, a juvenile Bearded Tit by the hut and heard Yellow Wagtail.  The sun was a little awkward but there were a couple of Greenshank on the mudflats but I did get better views on the lake side.  Eventually I saw a flock of 5 Yellow Wagtails, 2 of which landed and then another flock of 8 flying south.  In the usual place on the fence line I saw 4 Whinchats which had increased to 6 on the second lap.

On the lake there was very little apart from a scattering of ducks but on the second loop a Curlew Sandpiper appeared with 4 Dunlin.  One Common Sandpiper was against the reeds.  Down by the stream were 2 Clouded Yellows.

The only birds that the second loop did produce differently was a female type Redstart where the path from the huts met the sea wall and a brief Wheatear

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Tice's Meadow (11/08/2013)

News of a Wood Sandpiper led me to making the short drive to the meadow.  Initial scans of the meadow didn't reveal the Wood Sandpiper, just 4 Green Sandpipers, two Common Sandpipers and a Yellow-legged Gull.  Speaking to another birder I found out the Wood Sandpiper had been seen further down the path, so I made my way down there and finally had good views, although brief of the bird feeding on the near bank so it wouldn't have been visible from the viewing mound.

One Swift was in amongst the many hirundines.

Tundry Pond (10/08/2013)

Although the weather wasn't great for dragonfly hunting I did see at least 2 Brown Hawkers and best of all at least 3 Small Red-eyed Damselflies sitting on weed on the smaller cut off area of pond.

Saturday, 3 August 2013

More photos

Egyptian Goose, Red-eyed Damselfly, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small Red Damselfly