Archive for August 4th, 2006

4th August 2006, Friday

Brede High Wood.

A few highlights from Brede High Wood this morning, 15+ Southern Hawker and Brown Hawker were the pick of the Dragonflies. Butterflies included Ringlet (pictured) and Silver-washed Fritillary (close-up photo) which gave good views feeding on Ragwort.

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4th August 2006, Friday

Golden Plover on Flat Beach

Annual counts of Golden Plover during August up to 2003 averaged 1, this afternoon 87 were roosting on Flat Beach. Last year the peak count during August was 380.

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4th August 2006, Friday

Still trying…

Ringed Plovers have a very long breeding season they start displaying in February and can have young as late as September. This means that several nesting atempts can be made. The pair in front of the Crittall Hide at Ternery Pool are on their 3rd nesting atempt.. at least. Now they have a single young chick and the adults take it in turn to look after it. With today’s cool wind the chick was being brooded about once every 15 minutes.
Ringed Plover chick being brooded
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4th August 2006, Friday

Pannel Valley NR

After the rain and strong winds of the past few days, a clear night promised a good arrival of migrants and we were not to be disappointed although the variety was limited. Willow Warbler was the most obvious species in the sallows and hedgerows with at least 100 present and Sedge Warbler were particularly numerous in the reedbed. Otherwise a fly over Crossbill was noteworthy, as were 8 Greenshank in flight over the valley. 

4th August 2006, Friday

Beach Reserve

Yellow Wagtail numbers are begining to build up now, 80+ were along Shore Ridges along with a few Willow Warbler which looked strange perched amongst the drying Sea Kale. At Ternery Pool 7 Common Sandpiper were feeding on the pit margins along with 20 Dunlin. Offshore the huge Common Scoter flock can still be seen feeding, and an Arctic Skua was at the River Mouth.

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