22.08.12. Birdlog

22.08.12. Birdlog

Morning Watch: 500 Canada and an assortment of Greylag and Greylag mutants with 224 Curlew on No 5 tank. A juvenile Curlew Sandpiper and 4 Common Sandpiper on No 6 tank.

Observer: WSM

Evening Watch: 45 Ringed Plover, 3 Black-tailed Godwit and 4 Dunlin. 64 Teal, Sparrowhawk and Peregrine. The gull roost included a 2nd summer and a colour ringed adult Mediterranean Gull, 240 Black-headed and 50 Common Gulls.

250 Swallow and smaller numbers of House Martins and an impressive flock of 500+ Goldfinch were dancing through the thistle heads on No 5 tank.

Observers: Paul Crawley and WSM.

Part of the 500 strong flock of Goldfinches over No 5 tank. Image by Paul Crawley

Sparrowhawk mobbed by hirundines over No 6 tank. Image by Paul Crawley

Stop Press: A colour ringed Black-tailed Godwit recorded on No 6 tank in late July was ringed in Iceland as a chick this summer. Details to follow when they arrive.