Saturday, 29 August 2009

Large increase in LITTLE EGRET numbers

Calvert BBOWT; 5 a.m amazed to find 11 LITTLE EGRETS roosting in the Cormorant trees. Highest count here by a long way. Validates our shutting off that section of path which attracted noisy/unwanted visitors. Would think this record count for a Bucks BBOWT reserve and possibly any BBOWT reserve? A valuable record for a site still under lease. continued at bottom of mail.

Hillesden Pools; 8 Yellow Wagtail /no waders.

Quainton Hills; lots of warblers, Willow and Chiffs at bottoms and Blackcaps higher up. After long look eventually got 3 COMMON REDSTART - male at bottom of north slopes, male in Elderberry on East slope and female in transmitter field. Think I had a TREE PIPIT on tops of saplings/bushes in small plantation top of East slopes. Flew off, didn't hear it call but flight not as weak as Meadows.

Calvert BBOWT Half hour later 9 of egrets feeding on sailing lake edges. On BBOWT appeared to be the whole gull roost, estimate c3-4,000 nearly all Lesser Black-backed. Also c 300 mixed Canada and Greylags/Kingfisher/lots of warblers in bushes,mostly Blackcaps/think heard and glimpsed Cetti's warbler (Tim Watts)

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