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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

1st September

I am back from a very hot and cloudless Algarve, where temperatures were in the thirties most days. A few photo highlights are below, these are followed by the birds that I missed whilest away. There are more photos from my holiday at and go to galleries.

This bird caused some confusion when seen at first from a long distance. Its identity is made clear at the bottom of the page.

Red-necked Nightjars were seen on several evenings as we sat by the pool. I was lucky enough to find an adult (top) juvenile (below).

Elanora's Falcon a lifer for me and totally unexpected.

Park Highlights

Sedge Warbler:
two birds were in a Willow tree by Long Bridge on 20th.
Common Redstart: a 1st winter male was in the grounds of the old golf/tennis school.
Garden Warbler: one on 21st and two on the 25th.
Little Grebe: a pair in area 2 had at least three fairly recently hatched young.
Yellow Wagtail: birds flew over on 22nd, 25th and 30th.
Garganey: the drake was still present on 26th.
Common Sandpiper: one was seen around the lake 26th.
Sandwich Tern: birds were heard flying over but not seen at 7.10am 26th, probably the birds that had flown south over Brent Res a few minutes earlier.
Lesser Whitethroat: one was present 30th.
Swift: two flew through 30th.

September 1st

Sand Martin:
one flew south at 8.00am.
Swallow: three flew south.
House Martin: fifteen over the lake.
Willow Warbler: three birds in area 26.
Chiffchaff: eight birds dotted about the park:

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