Sunday, 19 July 2015

Nice birds

The Prof and I both independently had the idea that the heavy early morning rain might have dropped a wader onto Lockwood. Unfortunately, no one had told the birds. We did manage seven Common Sandpipers together - two more than I recorded yesterday - and another on No 5 but no other waders at all. There was no sign either of the male Whinchat that Paul had on Lockwood on Friday. According to Pete L, July Whinchats, unlike those later in the autumn, rarely hang around and this one had clearly read the rules. The best bird of the day was the Cetti's Warbler Paul had singing in one of the willows on the stream running on the east side of East Warwick which was the first for a few weeks. In general, however, the amount of bird song had dropped noticeably from last weekend while the numbers of returning Tufted Ducks and Pochard had increased. Autumn is on its way, it just ain't here yet.
DB @porthkillier.

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