1-31 August 2010 Blog and sightings

27-31 August 2010 Lots of new birds around WWT, I will have to update the images when I get a chance. Best birds have been the Curlew Sandpipers (up to 15 juveniles) , a Redstart, the high tide waders including juvenile Knot, a Merlin that was hunting the high tide waders and a juvenile Red-necked Phalarope. All of them are pictured above/below.

26 August 2010 Thirteen mostly breeding plumaged Bar-tailed Godwits, six Knot, three juvenile Ruff and the adult Little Stint were wader highlights, the Little-ringed Plover commutes between the estuary mud and the Rushy. A second summer Common Tern was around at high tide. Six Wheatear were logged too.

25 August 2010 Still lots of waders about, new birds include a juvenile Little-ringed Plover in the Rushy, an adult and two juvenile Little Stint.

24 August 2010  Went in to work early with JSL to try to count some of the birds which are around in high numbers, with Gord Youdale counting the scrapes we had a good haul, it was a good move we logged a minimum of 126 Yellow Wagtail, 703 Ringed Plover and 900 Dunlin plus a total of 19 species of wader. The first juvenile Golden Plover was ‘in’ today. In the Rushy this afternoon were we are all busy on various improvements to the lake we had the usual daily flock of Yellow Wagtail around the digger etc, in fact all three wagtail sp are seen daily here, up to 60 Black-tailed Godwit feeding in the shallows and a juvenile Whimbrel over.

Little Stint-first juvenile of the year

Knot and Dunlin

Adult Turnstone (moulting)

Yellow Wagtail at WWT Slimbridge
With what could be over 100 present this morning it will long live in my memory that August 2010 has been the best I have ever known for this species locally.

22-23 August 2010 Back at WWT Slimbridge and plenty to write about, all sightings are on the WWT website. I find it very pleasing to look through a thousand waders that are on the estuary due to the heavy rains, 380 Ringed Plover, 550 Dunlin, 50 Sanderling, 7 Knot and single adult Turnstone, first-summer Bar-tailed Godwit, adult Golden Plover, juv Common Sandpiper,  4 Greenshank plus the other waders on the scrapes. Nick Goatman reports 4 Arctic Terns on Frampton Townfield Lake. Also very large numbers of passerines, warblers and especially Yellow Wagtail, I reckon there are over 100 on the reserve and am seeing and hearing them all day long (when not on or in machinery). I had three Whinchat and 5 Wheatear yesterday.

19-21 August 2010 A weekend in Bournemouth, the Friday afternoon was spent at Studland where I went for a walk for 1.5 hours on the slopes of Ballard Down. Perhaps as many as 1000 Adonis Blue Butterflies were on show as well as Brown Argus and Chalkhill Blues. Nice to see and hear Sandwich Terns from the sister in laws porch!


9-18 August 2010 A few birding sessions at work and a bit of dragonfly watching, the highlights are in images. Three Spotted Flycatcher were at the Tack Piece hedge on the 15th.

Buzzard i.d….could be useful as now is the time for Honey’s passing through
First one a WWT Slimbridge Common Buzzard the second a Honey Buzzard in Corsica.


1-8 August 2010 Corsica trip with the family, a full trip report is on the relevant page.

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