Recording Area Annual Totals

97 Species in 2013, 99 in 2012, 94 in 2011, 108 species were recorded in 2010;

Monday, 6 July 2009

Returning wader bonus and Common Swifts already heading south


Following what was an exceptionally hot last week of June, today saw a return to more normal summer temperatures but with occasional torrential downpours associated with fresh SW winds. With return wader passage in full swing (see yesterday's entries on my Tring Reservoir's blogsite), it was somewhat thrilling (on a very local basis) to find a COMMON SANDPIPER this evening at Shardeloes Lake - a species with less than one record annually.

SHARDELOES LAKE (1915-2115 hours)

Highlights included the first COMMON SANDPIPER in the Recording Area this year, successful breeding of Pied Wagtail and a large passage of COMMON SWIFT.

GREAT CRESTED GREBE (1 adult feeding)
Little Grebe (2 adults)
Grey Heron (3)
Canada Geese (11)
Mallard (13)
Tufted Duck (8)
Red Kite (1)
Common Buzzard (1)
Coot (43 including 12 fledged juveniles)
Moorhen (9 including 1 fledged juvenile)
**COMMON SANDPIPER (early returning adult roosting on branch on island)

Stock Dove (pair)
Green Woodpecker (2)
*Pied Wagtail (successful breeding; pair feeding 5 juveniles on cricket pitch)
*COMMON SWIFTS (gathering of at least 66 birds over lake - presumably early returning adults. A similar passage was noted in Essex today)
Barn Swallow (2 adults)
House Martin (8)
Goldfinch (3 including one noisy youngster)
Carrion Crow (successful breeding; pair feeding two fledged young)
*REED BUNTING (singing male; no evidence of breeding this year)

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