Monday, 14 August 2017

Seaton Marshes update

Whimbrel, SM, 14/08/17 (Copyright T D Wright)
Common Sandpiper, SM, 14/08/17 (Copyright T D Wright)
Whimbrel, SM, 14/08/17 (Copyright T D Wright)
Southern Hawker, SM, 14/08/17 (Copyright T D Wright)
Blackwit, SM, 14/08/17 (Copyright T D Wright)
I visited BHM twice over the weekend but only had what's been around anyway - 3 Green Sands at dusk last night and 2 Greenshanks plus 9 Ringed Plover (no sign of LRP from Sat) and just 1 Cattle Egret. Today, then, I thought I'd give Seaton Marshes a go for 2 hours. Best birds were Whimbrel and 3 Common Sands but Willow Warblers are about too. Here's some snaps of other wildlife...
Gatekeeper, SM, 14/08/17 (Copyright T D Wright)

Southern Hawker, SM, 14/08/17 (Copyright T D Wright)
Southern Hawker,SM, 14/08/17 (Copyright T D Wright)

Blue-tailed Damselfly, SM, 14/08/17 (Copyright T D Wright)
Rattus Norvegicus (for all the Stranglers fans!), SM, 14/08/17 (Copyright T D Wright)

Monday, 7 August 2017

Sunday Afternoon Birding

Cattle Egret, Axe Estuary, 05/08/17 (Copyright T D Wright)
Cattle Egret, Axe Estuary, 05/08/17 (Copyright T D Wright)
Cattle Egrets, Axe Estuary, 05/08/17 (Copyright T D Wright)
Cattle Egret, Axe Estuary, 05/08/17 (Copyright T D Wright)
Cattle Egret, Axe Estuary, 05/08/17 (Copyright T D Wright)
I finally managed to get down to BHM this weekend but couldn't add anything new to Steve Waite's monthly roundup. The 6 Goosander were on the estuary briefly Sunday evening and I posted video of them on Facebook. They flew off and I lost them but I expect they are still around. I had a single Yellow Wagtail by Island Hide before leaving and at least 2 Cattle Egrets were on BHM. Looking at different birds on Sat/Sun I'm sure there were 4 Cattle Egrets about as one had a black juvenile bill and the other 3 were a pair and a single which differed in the extent of black & yellow on their legs & bills. Anyhow, I'm sure we'll end up with more than 4 by the end of the Autumn. I could only manage 2 Green Sandpipers but the numbers of Common Sandpipers remain in double figures. Plenty of Dunlin still but only a single Ringed Plover at high tide so we await the next 'wave' of those. I'm not having any luck with these Wetlands Hobbies either but I've not had as much time to look for them lately as other things have been detracting from my birding time. What a nuisance!