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Thursday, August 16, 2012

16th August

Regent’s Park

Common Sandpiper: yesterdays bird is still present and seen flying from the main lake back into the Longbridge Sanctuary.

Common Swift: 18 birds passed through.

Common Whitethroat: 2 birds were in the bramble patches by the gorse bushes next to area 34.

Reed Warbler: 5 birds in the Wetland Pen

Blackcap: 8 birds present.

Willow Warbler: 10 present.

Chiffchaff: 10 present.

I had a rest day and went to Norfolk with Glen. It was an early start 4.00am and we had arrived at Cley’s NNT Reserve by 6.15am. From here we headed to Titchwell and the RSPB Reserve. It was relatively quiet so to speek, with waders being the most numerous group of birds on view. With Curlew Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Little Stints and 18 Spoonbills being the scarcest species seen. Apart that is for a wader that probably will turn out to be a Little Stint, though it was larger paler and didn’t mix with them particularly (pics below). A fairly unusual sighting was that of a Peregrine carrying what I believed to be a tern at least a mile out to sea.

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How many species can you see in the above photograph

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Three out of eighteen Spoonbills present at Titchwell

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This Sparrowhawk was trying to catch hirundines on the beach

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1 comment:

birdman_euston said...

17 Aug:

Mainly cloudy, muggy with stronger (20kph) S wind at dawn. The near-constant southerly wind direction this week has coincided with gradually decreasing numbers and variance of warblers in Park.

Common Sandpiper 1 (seen by Dave for third day in Longbridge Sanctuary, area 35 before 07:00).

Common Whitethroat 2 (one in Cricket Pen, area 31 at 07:40, one in shrubbery NW of Rose Wheel, area 17 at 09:00).

Chiffchaff 10 (two in nature paddock, area 39 at 06:40; seven with roaming tit flock, area 34/31/30 at 07:50; one calling from area 10 at 08:10).

Willow Warbler 6 (with Chiffchaffs in tit flock).

Reed Warbler 1 (flew from willow at Boathouse dock, area 5 to bamboo thicket on Hanover Island, area 1 at 07:10).

Swift 9.

House Martin 11.