Severnside and Windrush-side

Saturday 9th May 2009
An excursion into South Gloucestershire this morning produced c60 Oystercatchers, a Turnstone, eight Dunlins, a Whimbrel and a smart male Wheater (above) at New Passage, but very little earlier at Severn Beach on the high tide, just some Swift and Swallow movement, and some House Martins collecting mud from the shore (below).

An afternoon's walk from the Fox Inn at Little Barrington taking in Sherborne Meadows and Windrush was extremely pleasant, with a good variety of birds including a Cetti's Warbler next to the River Windrush, a Peregrine, two Buzzards, two Kestrels, a Cuckoo, a Kingfisher, six Whitethroats (below), a Lesser Whitethroat, two Willow Warblers, three Blackcaps, three Skylarks, c40 Swifts, c30 House Martins, several Swallows and my first Red Admiral of the year.

Comments

Great shot of the Wheater, lovely colours, looks like a bandit with that black eye stripe.
Paul said…
Thanks, a well-marked male Wheatear is always very photogenic!
JRandSue said…
Nice shot Paul,tell me did you manage to make your own Moth trap.
John.
Paul said…
Not yet, hopefully in the near future, and let's hope we get a decent summer!

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