Slimbridge Sandpipers & BTO Atlas Survey: Hempstead

Sunday 6th July 2008

Another day of dodging the showers, but the afternoon was very pleasant and a trip to Slimbridge WWT was rewarded with a Wood Sandpiper from the Holden Tower, also 10 Green Sandpipers, a Common Sandpiper, a Greenshank and two Little Ringed Plovers. Two Green Sandpipers and a Kingfisher were at Robbie Garnett hide and from Zeiss Hide three more Green Sandpipers, three Greenshanks and two Ruffs (a well-marked male and a reeve). (Photos, Wood Sandpiper top and and first three below, Green Sandpiper next and male Ruff bottom)

BTO Atlas survey
This morning, a two-hour BTO Atlas count in SO81D Hempstead produced 39 species:

Little Egret 1
Grey Heron 1
Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
Stock Dove 1
Woodpigeon 25
Collared Dove 4
Swift 25
Green Woodpecker 3
Great Spotted Woodpecker 2
Skylark 3
Sand Martin 12
Swallow 3
House Martin 1
Pied Wagtail 1
Wren 8
Dunnock 9
Robin 9
Blackbird 8
Song Thrush 5
Sedge Warbler 1
Blackcap 3
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Whitethroat 3
Chiffchaff 4
Goldcrest 1
Long-tailed Tit 3
Blue Tit 9
Great Tit 1
Magpie 4
Jackdaw 7
Rook 9
Carrion Crow 22
Raven 1
Starling 2
House Sparrow 17
Chaffinch 1
Greenfinch 14
Goldfinch 21
Reed Bunting 4


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