Saturday, September 09, 2006

9th September 2006

SN Reservoirs 0930-1430hrs MJP,LP
Light SE, mild, sunny. some high cloud p.m.

(an accomadating Migrant Hawker, East Res., 9th Sep 2006)

Unremarkable after yesterday's shot in the arm, with few notable sightings (despite having eyes on the skies for several hours). Wildfowl numbers are still high, with Shovelers reaching an autumn peak of 36, and all other common ducks very well represented; the two Red-crested Pochards remain, with the immature male moulting into less conservative dress. 14 Little Grebes is perhaps the highest day count for a number of years; 60+ Cormorants (mainly heading west) is also a high day count.

Raptors were confined to Sparrowhawks (2) and Kestrels (2), and few passerine migrants were recorded.

Reed Warbler - 3
Chiffchaff - 4
Willow Warbler - 1
Kingfisher - 1
Jay - 5
Goldcrest - 2
Grey Wagtail - 2
Pied Wagtail - 2
Herring Gull - 2
LBB Gull - 6
Black-headed Gull - 12

Also: 4 Red Admirals, 6 Speckled Woods.