Monday, 12 September 2011

September 12th 2011

The wind played a key feature today at the pond with averages speeds well over 35mph making viewing and walking difficult occasionally gusting over 45mph while in the night a gust of 54mph was recorded locally.
A Hobby was over the country park on our arrival followed by a Sparrowhawk doing its best to end the life of a Goldfinch and a juvenile Shag by the fishing pontoons showing well before it become elusive.
Wader numbers and variety were disappointing on the point with only Greenshank, 9 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover and Little Stint while out in the centre Black and Common Tern remained.
While Bob did his circuit I doubled back to rainbow corner adding 10 Swift, 200+ Sand Martin, Wheatear, 11 Yellow Wagtail and 4 Meadow Pipit but there were no sign of yesterdays Red-crested Pochard though close views of immature Merlin and Peregrine along hensborough bank more than made up for it. The long staying female Goosander was on the inlet.

A cracking shot of the Wheatear by Dave Hutton

After 4 hours and convinced we would not get anything good coming in we were just approaching Dunchurch on our way home when a phone call from Martin and Paul via JJ that a Gannet had just arrived has us doing a u turn and we soon joined them on farborough spit to watch a superb adult.

adult Gannet by Dave Hutton
It was very active and we stayed another 90 minutes though it never came close in after its arrival though Dave Hutton did managed to get a shot over lin croft point. It was joined by 2 Common Tern and a single Arctic Tern as the wind increased. Earlier Paul and Martin had a Red Underwing while a few Small White, Speckled Wood and Red Admiral showed in the sheltered areas.


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