Showing posts from September, 2013

Black Redstart & Wheatear at Leckhampton Hill plus Upton-on-Severn

Saturday 28th September 2013
The Black Redstart was still at the derelict Hill Farm, Leckhampton Hill, in the morning. It was very elusive at first in a cool easterly wind, but showed nicely as the wind dropped and short glimpses of hazy sunshine broke throughthe cloud. The bird made a couple of excursions towards the car park and was on power lines near my car later. Also a Wheatear at the farm briefly, which soon moved SE and then flew off, plus a charm of 35 Goldfinches.
In the afternoon I went to Upton-on-Severn, Worcs, with Linda and Tansy (the daughter not the plant). On a pleasant walk along Upton Ham I saw two Kingfishers, also three Common Darters, two Migrant Hawkers, and an Angle Shades moth and Comma Butterfly. Also some Tansy (the plant not the daughter) in flower.

Buff-breasted Sandpiper at WWT

Saturday 21st September 2013 The BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER showed well at the Dumbles edge over the high tide in the morning. A good range of other birds included Dunlins, Ringed Plovers, two Curlew Sandpipers, four Little Stints, a Golden Plover, a Bar-tailed Godwit, two Common Terns, Yellow Wagtails with the cattle, and last but not least a COMMON SEAL, my first in the county.

Also at Slimbridge, the wild 2nd yr Common Crane was in a field to the east of Van de Bovenkamp hide, the female Ruddy Shelduck was with collection birds again in the Asia Pen, and at Zeiss Hide a Spotted Redshank, two Greenshanks and ten Ruff.

Common Crane & Ruddy Shelduck at WWT

Saturday 14th September 2013
The wild 2nd-year Common Crane was showing really well this morning at the back of the Asia pen at WWT Slimbridge; much closer than my views on Thursday.
In front of it on the water was the unringed and fully-winged Ruddy Shelduck showing down to a few feet.
A walk along the Holden/summer walkway earlier produced a Redstart, a Whinchat, a Wheatear, two Lesser Whitethroats, two Willow Warblers, at least 15 Chiffchaffs, c20 Meadow Pipits, a Sparrowhawk, and a Brent Goose out on the estuary.

Wild Common Crane at WWT

Thursday 12th September 2013
A wild Common Crane turned up today among the collection cranes at WWT Slimbridge, later moving to the Top New Piece. Following a mad dash after work, I managed to get to Zeiss Hide in time to see it for a long overdue county tick. I didn't have time to take much else in, but saw a Buff-tip caterpillar on Willow in the grounds on the way back to the centre.
And now for a bit of a catchup. On 25th August I went to the Brown Hairstreak open day at Grafton Wood, Worcestershire. The Brown Hairstreaks showed nicely with several females seen along a long section of Blackthorn hedge, egg-laying. I made full use of the photo-opportunity:
On 28th August, it was pretty quiet at WWT. I walked down to Middle Point and the tide was already up, but with very still conditions I saw nothing of note there bird-wise apart from a Reed Warbler. THere were however two Clouded Yellows nectaring on the Sea Aster. One of them was extremely tatty. It came very close. The prist…