September 2014 blog

September 2014 delivered a good variety of waders to the Severn and WWT scrapes, unfortunately low numbers of Dunlin and Ringed Plover were generally recorded. The settled weather may well have allowed many migrants to pass through unhindered. Little Stints and Curlew Sandpipers were present in double figures, an easterly airflow helped to deliver higher than average numbers.

Dunlin with a Curlew Sandpiper and Ringed Plover over the Severn

Waders in flight, Dunlin and single Curlew Sandpiper  (5)_edited-1

Great Crested Grebes
Adult and begging juvenile on Gloucester to Sharpness Canal
Some late broods around this year.

Great Crested Grebes, Frampton church, Glos to Sharpness Canal (3)_edited-1

Ruff juvenile

Ruff, juvenile, MJMcGill_edited-1

Golden Plover

Golden Plover, Dumbles, MJMcGill (3)_edited-1

Common Blue Butterfly

Common Blue butterfly, male, MJMcGill (2)_edited-1

Spotted Flycatcher
A few turn up in the Severn Vale on passage, a few more were around than is typical this year thanks to rain storms.

Spotted Flycatcher, Knott Hide (2)_edited-1

Crane and Greylags
One of the Great Crane Project birds at home among geese (and swans) as they are across their range

Crane and Greylags, Top New Piece (1)_edited-1


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