Recent sightings

Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August 2008

Friday, a visit with Mark and Andy to Sharpness in the evening turned up five Yellow Wagtails with Pied Wagtails near the lifeboat station.

On Saturday I got to WWT early to book on the special safari, a good opportunity to see waders a bit closer than is usual in Gloucestershire. Waiting for the centre to open, I spotted a Wheatear was on the roof of Lady Scott's house. There was a reasonable selection of waders on the safari at high tide, the highlights being a Turnstone and several Knots. There were also good views later of Hobbies feeding over the 100-acre. The full list of sightings from the safari are on the WWT website here.

Today, a visit to Sharpness with Andy, produced a Shag on the sand north of the lifeboat station before high tide (photos above and below), with a Cormorant nearby. With my year county year list now on 197, I can see the 200 target in sight!

Garden ticks recently include a Raven heard flying over low this morning at 7.00am, and a Chiffchaff in the front garden yesterday morning.

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