A WeBs count was completed at Pitsford Reservoir today, some of the count being conducted in very dull and sometimes wet conditions. Good numbers of birds were present despite some quite considerable disturbance which kept the birds active and the counters on their toes!
Highlights included a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper between the dam and Moulton Grange Bay, a Dunlin, 5 Ruff, a Redshank, a Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, the Great White Egret, 6 Little Egrets, the two Ruddy Shelduck (mobile), the Bar-headed Goose, several Hobbys including two perched juveniles in the Holcot Bay, 13 Red-crested Pochard (Scaldwell Bay), 2 Pintail, an adult Yellow-legged Gull, a Kingfisher, Yellow and Grey Wagtails and a Willow Tit. Two Cormorant nests still hold late-hatched juveniles and there are comparatively very young broods of Great Crested Grebes on-site, both species enjoying a excellent breeding season.
This morning there were four Whinchats and a Redstart in vegetation at the most southern field of the Blueberry Farm complex.
|Distant Curlew Sandpiper|