Recording Area Annual Totals

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

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Exceptional HOUSE MARTIN passage at Shardeloes Lake


A warm wet front arrived from the south overnight bringing intermittent rain, overcast grey skies and surprisingly warm temperatures. I was hoping for an arrival of waders at Tring but as usual this failed to materialise but it was a good day for House Martin passage.


The garden feeders held the first pair of Greenfinches for a few weeks, and several Long-tailed Tits that passed through late morning.


GREAT CRESTED GREBE (just the breeding pair present now, still busily feeding the three juveniles)
Little Grebe (6 adults present, with one pair feeding the three juveniles and the two independent young birds still present)
Mute Swans (family party of 6 birds)
Tufted Duck (female with five recently fledged ducklings)
Coot (66)
Lesser Black-backed Gulls (7 flew high west up the Misbourne Valley)

Red Kites (the shrill, wailing calls of begging juvenile Red Kites could be heard all around)

COMMON SWIFTS (25 through, all heading South)
*HOUSE MARTINS (at least 115 birds flying low over the cricket pitches and the adjoining fields indicating a strong passage)
Barn Swallow (1 adult hawking for insects over the cricket field)
Common Chiffchaff (2 juveniles)
WILLOW WARBLER (1 juvenile in the Willows)
Goldfinch (5 feeding on the cricket pitch)

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