Monday, 29 September 2008
WATER RAIL squealing in reeds, with MARSH TIT in scrub and COMMON SNIPE in front of hide
A late SEDGE WARBLER was encountered, with 5 Skylark over, Bullfinch abd Blackcap noted.
LITTLE EGRET, 4 Little Grebes, 104 Greylag Geese and 8 Common Teal
CRESLOW - YELLOW WAGTAIL
Saturday, 27 September 2008
Wednesday, 24 September 2008
Tuesday, 23 September 2008
An increasing NE wind pushing down thick cloud, with the odd heavy shower. Temperatures still holding up.
CALVERT BBOWT LAKE (NORTH BUCKS)
After receiving a text mega from Tim Watts shortly after 1230 hours, I made my way from Little Chalfont to Calvert Lake. Tim had just discovered a drake FERRUGINOUS DUCK whilst chaperoning his wider family around the BBOWT reserve. I rendezvoued with Mike & Rose Collard in Great Missenden and at 1323, arrived on site.
The drake FERRUGINOUS DUCK was consorting with 11 newly-arrived Northern Pochards at the north end of the BBOWT Lake, just behind the left hand raft, and was affording excellent 'scope views from the Crispin Fisher Hide. It was a cracking adult drake, emerging from its summer moult, with deep ferruginous-brown/cinnamon-brown head, black-toned upperparts, paler brown sides and flanks and heavily contrasting and gleaming white undertail-coverts. The head shape was typically domed or peak-crowned, with a striking pearly-white eye and a black tip to the bill. It was smaller than the accompanying Pochards and was rather small-bodied, with a long bill and neck, and a distinctly high forehead and peaked crown.
For most of the time it was resting, but was never seen to close its eyes. It remained alert throughout and each time the northerly wind pushed it south of the rafts, it would 'wake up' and swim quickly north to rejoin the Pochard flock.
A hybrid was ruled out on the fact that the black on the bill was restricted to the nail and did not continue around on to the flanges of the bill. There was also no hint of any green in the head, nor any imperfections in the gleaming white of the undertail-coverts. Furthermore, the eye was pure pearly-white, with no dark influence.
During the hour that Mike, Rose and I were present in the hide, we were joined by Steve Norman, Ted & Evelyn Reed, Tony Pozanski, Adam Hartley and Andrew Harding, whilst Simon Nichols and others connected later in the afternoon. It represented only the TENTH RECORD for the county, following a long-staying drake present at Newton Longville from 24 February to 12 April 1974 (and again from 5-26 October 1974), a drake at Eythrope on 15 February 1976, a drake of suspect origin on the River Colne at Iver on 2 February 1979 and a female at Little Marlow GP on 3-4 December 1989.
Monday, 22 September 2008
Whinchat, Quainton Hills North Slope, 19 September 2008 (Tim Watts)
19 SEPTEMBER 2008
WHINCHAT - 3 present on the North Slopes
NORTHERN WHEATEAR - 3
COMMON REDSTART - new bright male present
SPOTTED FLYCATCHER - 3 remain
Meadow Pipits (40+)
LESSER WHITETHROAT (2)
Common Chiffchaff (6)
Tuesday, 16 September 2008
Two SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS (see photo above), 2 COMMON REDSTART, single NORTHERN WHEATEAR, 3 Blackcap, 2 COMMON WHITETHROAT, 5 Common Chiffchaffs, 4 Meadow Pipits, 60 Goldfinch and an increase in Common Blackbirds, Robins and Chaffinches (Tim Watts)
Four LITTLE EGRETS remain, affording spectacularly close views as they feed in recently cut reeds just below the hide. The GREEN SANDPIPER is still present, with 3 Blackcaps in the scrub (Tim Watts).
CALVERT SAILING LAKE
3 'new' small Great Crested Grebe chicks (Tim Watts)
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
No sign of the Greater Scaup but 8 Great Crested Grebes (including 1 juvenile), 1 LITTLE EGRET feeding, 6 Tufted Ducks, pair of Northern Pochard and COMMON KINGFISHER.
CALVERT BBOWT LAKE (1800-1900 hours)
The juvenile GREATER SCAUP was located at the extreme south end of the lake, swimming close to the overhanging trees and lake edge. A rather nondescript bird with a strange long-neck and rounded head profile. It was a much paler brown than female Tufted Duck, with pale brown flanks and sides and contrastingly darker upperparts and head. The white blaze was rather restricted, with a paler area on the crown and on the ear-coverts. The eye was rather dull yellow, with the bill spatulated, wider-flanged, dark-tipped and pale grey in colour. When diving for food, it was rather Shag-like, jumping out of the water before diving under.
Also 4 Great Crested Grebes
All Today's Sightings courtesy of LGRE
The juvenile GREATER SCAUP was still present this morning prior to the sailing, hugging the reeds in the far NW corner of the lake; also 3 Northern Pochard.
One LITTLE EGRET remained, as well as the long-staying COMMON REDSTART
WADDESDON - HOBBY over fields
WHITCHURCH/CRESLOW - 24 Stock Doves and 60 Barn Swallows.
Saturday, 6 September 2008
The juvenile GREATER SCAUP discovered this evening was still present up until dark on the sailing lake at Calvert, favouring the SW corner and associating with 3 Northern Pochards (Mike Wallen).
There was a massive gull roost with very large numbers of juveniles which was really nice to see after low numbers in recent times. About 6,000 Lesser Black-backed Gulls roosted together with a rather impressive 26 YELLOW-LEGGED GULLS and a few Herring Gulls but not one single small gull of any variety !!
The COMMON REDSTART remained in bushes by the Fisher Hide, with at least 3 LITTLE EGRETS still in the vicinity (Tim Watts).
Friday, 5 September 2008
Two COMMON TERNS were pushed down by heavy rain, whilst 4 LITTLE EGRETS remain, as well as the COMMON REDSTART in bushes left of the hide (Tim Watts)
CALVERT SAILING LAKE
A single LITTLE EGRET and at least 60 hirundines.
An eclipse drake RED-CRESTED POCHARD was present, landing briefly in front of the hide.
At least 100 Black-headed Gulls roosting, including one still in full juvenile plumage (Tim Watts)
Thursday, 4 September 2008
A probable GREY PHALAROPE was seen very briefly, mostly in flight, late morning, along with a juvenile COMMON GREENSHANK, 2 GREEN SANDPIPERS, 5 Common Snipe, 329 Coots, 10 Great Crested Grebes, 47 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 75 Black-hedaed Gulls (Phil Tizzard)