Thursday, 13 September 2012


The patch has been fairly quiet of late.  The only birds of note were 7 Black-tailed Godwits present on Saturday morning that I was unable to go for.

A single Green Sand has been present on and off moving between the pit and presumably Randall's Lake and a single Common Snipe is fairly regular.  Duck numbers continue to rise - 4 Wigeon arrived on the 11th, which were the first of the autumn and yesterday, with little else to look at, I counted some of the other duck:

Tufted Duck - 117 min.
Shoveler - 13 min.
Pochard - 2

There are still small numbers of Yellow-legged Gulls with the LWHG, but usually only 1 or 2 at any one time.

There have also been some repeat sightings of colour-ringed gulls:

Dutch ringed LBBG - white WO (red) - ringed as a 4cy+ male at Maasvlakte (Yangtzehaven), Zuid-Hollad, NL on 12/05/2012
German ringed BHG - black A2NO (white)
Polish ringed BHG - white T64H (black)

On my sporadic checks of the paddocks at Pump Lane, I found a Whinchat and a Wheatear on the northern fencing in the valley bottom after work on the 6th.  These birds don't seem to stick here and are usually gone after a day.

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