Bird Race

Saturday 8th May 2010
A bird race around the count with Andy and Mark to see how many species we could record produced a total of 95 despite the cold (8oC max.), N/NE wind and virtually constant rain - even when the sun came out for 30 seconds, it was still spitting with rain!
Here are the highlights:

Common Sandpiper - one on canal near Rea Bridge

Highnam Wood
Nightingale - one in song

Speech House
Redstart - one male

Cannop Ponds
Mandarin - 14
Siskin - seven on feeders

Dipper - one on Cannop Brook
Hawfinch - two near church
Pied Flycatcher - singing male near church

RSPB Nagshead reserve
Pied Flycatcher - two males and a female
Wood warbler - singing male along short trail return path
Goldcrest - one singing male

Tidenham Chase
Stonechat - one male
Tree Pipit
- one singing male

Beachley Point
Rock Pipit - one
Whitethroat - seven singing males
Whimbrel - two

WWT Slimbridge
Bar-tailed Godwit - two at Middle Point
Dunlin - c10 at Middle Point
Ringed Plover - c8 at Middle Point
Common Sandpipier - one on South Lake
Kingfisher - one on South Lake
Black-tailed Godwit - two on South Lake

Frampton, Court Lake
House Martin - 80
Sand Martin - 1
Swallow - 6

Frampton, Sailing Lake
House Martin - 40
Sand Martin - 120
Swallow - 20
Swift - 10

Frampton, WWT 100-acre
Cetti's Warbler - one singing male
Redshank - two
Little Ringed Plover - one

Fretherne/Saul Warth
Wheatear - three
Whimbrel - 24

Fellow anoraks can find the full list here.


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