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Rare Bird

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Saturday 29th September 2012
The highlight was Avro Vulcan XH558 performing a flypast at Staverton on its Diamond Jubilee tour. See http://www.vulcantothesky.org/ and get the App to help support it. Some photos here as it did its rounds just before 4pm in glorious sunshine.
Earlier at WWT Slimbridge, the juvenile RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was feeding on floods on The Dumbles, but quite distant. Around the high tide, waders seen from Holden Tower included two Curlew Sandpipers, 45 Grey Plovers, three Little Stints, a Sanderling, a few Ringed Plover and c100 Dunlin.On the Top New Piece from Zeiss Hide, the LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER with Black-tailed Godwits, two Spotted Redshanks, a Greenshank, three Knot, 50 Golden Plovers and 33 Redshanks. A fully-winged drake Mandarin was near the hide.

Buff-breasted & Pec fest

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Saturday 22nd September 2012
The midday guided walk at WWT Slimbridge on to The Dumbles produced absolutely stunning views of both the BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER and PECTORAL SANDPIPER feeding together on the tidal salt-marsh ledge. The lighting was perfect, and many people enjoyed the experience, many with cameras. Thanks to the WWT staff and volunteers for arranging and facilitating a great couple of hours. Here are a few of my best pics of the Yankee sandpipers; first, Buff-breasted:
And Pectoral:
As if that wasn't enough, I spotted my first PAINTED LADY for two years on the Ivy near the In Focus shop. The Ivy flowers were swarming with Hoverflies, including Helophilus pendulus, and several other butterflies; I counted seven Red Admirals, five Commas and two Small Tortoiseshells.
Elsewhere on the reserve the LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was on the Top New Piece with 291 Black-tailed Godwits, also c10 Snipe, six Ruff, a Spotted Redshank, 24 Redshanks and the four GCP Common Cranes. Severa…

Aylburton Warth

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Sunday 9th September 2012
A stunning sunny morning at Aylburton Warth produced a modest selection of birds, but this Wheatear provided a nice photo opportunity (above)
The main highlights were a total of five Wheatears (mostly first-winters), three Yellow Wagtails, 20+ Goldfinches, mainly juvs, three Skylarks including a recently-fledged bird, c20 Meadow Pipits, also several juv birds, two Chiffchaffs, three Buzzards, and a Stock Dove. Hoverflies included three Helophilus trivittatus(below). Oh, and a Brown Hare.
Two Souther Hawkers were in the garden (below) today, also a Common Darter.

Recent Sightings - WWT and beyond

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Monday 21st August - Sunday 2nd September 2012
This Green Sandpiper was coming very close to the hide on the Rushy on Sunday (2nd September), giving a great photo opportunity.

Video here.

Here are some other highlights from recent days, including my week-and-a-bit leave:

22/8/12
Two Willow Warblers were in the front garden early morning. Hidcote Manor Gardens was teeming with butterflies later, on a warm, sunny day. Lots of Peacocks and Red Admirals especially but also a Holly Blue, a Brimstone, a Comma, and Large, Small, and Green-veined Whites. Also a Migrant Hawker and a Brown Hawker.
Late afternoon a Common Darter was in the garden.
23/8/12
No sign of White Storks at Whit Moor - they had moved on to Dorset and beyond, but I found a Great White Egret along with 32 Little Egrets and c50 Grey Herons. At Shapwick Heath I saw the Great Whit Egret nest, with one adult (presumed female) and one fully-grown young. Also an Osprey here.
24/8/12
At WWT again, four Common Cranes from the releas…