Saturday, 22 July 2017

Vis Mig to the south


Some early morning visual migration at Pitsford Reservoir today included small numbers of Yellow Wagtails and Sand Martins migrating south over the dam. Gulls were also on the move and a couple of Yellow-legged Gulls went over (in addition to three more ensconced birds on the buoys off the Sailing Club). Four Whimbrel trilled their way south at 8.35am.

Later in the day, a single Whimbrel dropped in to the back of the Scaldwell Bay at 12.25pm, joining the flock of Lapwings there. However migration urge caused this bird to take flight, climb up and head off south at 12.52pm, 'trilling' delightfully as it did so!

Two Ravens were noted over the reservoir today and an impressive Common Sandpiper presence was at least twenty birds strong! A single Grey Wagtail could be found on the dam and at least five Little Egrets were also present.

Two Grey Wagtails were on a garden pond at Hanging Houghton today, Eleanor saw her pair of Raven at Staverton and a check of the reducing water levels at Ravensthorpe Reservoir was sufficient to locate singles of Common Sandpiper and Green Sandpiper.

Eric Graham and family enjoyed a walk at Titchmarsh Reserve today, the best birds being a 'reeling' Grasshopper Warbler, three Little Egrets, three Oystercatchers and the usual excellent array of breeding warblers.


Neil M


Common Sandpiper
courtesy of Neil Hasdell.

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