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In the gull roost this evening a first-winter Mediterranean Gull, also counted 806 Lesser Black-Backed Gull, 131 Herring Gull, 1 Great Black-Backed Gull. Cettis Warbler singing Sorrowcow Pond


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This evening's highlights included:

First calendar year Yellow-legged Gull in the evening gull roost, along with just under 1300 mainly Lesser Black-backed Gulls, but also containing some Herring Gulls and a single adult Great Black-backed Gull

First winter drake Scaup with Tufted Duck flock off the main car park

Cetti's warbler singing from Sorrowcow Farm pond and 2 Kingfisher on and around the pond too

 

Distant mobilephonescoped images of Yellow-legged Gull attached.



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First winter Mediterranean Gull in the roost this evening.

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Very quiet this morning. A single Black-tailed Godwit was on the spit and this with a single Common Snipe were the only waders (barring Lapwing) seen. A single Garganey was in Ramsdales Flash but too far out to determine if it was the eclipse male or the female bird that has been around. A Little Egret flew south east over the flash and a single Common Tern was present. The only sign of any migration was a small number of swallows passing south in small groups. Even this was very limited though with less than 50 birds counted.

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Two first winter Mediterranean Gulls present in the roost this evening.

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Today of note

Common Tern - 3 (2 Adult 1 Juv) re identified from earlier as Common not Arctic Terns

Garganey- 1

Hobby- 1 Juvenile 

Scaup- Drake (1st Winter) in Ramsdales with Tufted Flock

House Martin-20+

Swallow -10+ 



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Highlights so far this mornings:

Garganey

34 Pink-footed Geese over east

3 Arctic Tern (2 adult and 1 juvenile)

Info thanks to Bill Harrison



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Female/juvenile Redstart in hedges around Whittles Fields immediately to the east of Sorrowcow Farm this morning.

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Pink-footed Geese calling from high above the clouds over the flash at 1110 hrs. yesterday (11th). Number and flight direction unknown!

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This afternoon:

A small warbler flock on Ramsdales Ruck contained 3 juvenile Willow Warbler, at least 6 Chiffchaff and a Garden Warbler along with Great and Long-tailed Tits.

Good numbers of water birds made easy to count due to sailing boat disturbance but nothing out of the ordinary amongst them.

1 Blackcap and singing Cetti's Warbler at the western end.


 To add to the above Goldcrest- 1 ,Cetti's Warbler also on the north Bank,along with 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Kingfisher,and has Ian said good numbers of waterfowl in Ramsdales and 36 Teal round the reserve. 



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This afternoon:

A small warbler flock on Ramsdales Ruck contained 3 juvenile Willow Warbler, at least 6 Chiffchaff and a Garden Warbler along with Great and Long-tailed Tits.

Good numbers of water birds made easy to count due to sailing boat disturbance but nothing out of the ordinary amongst them.

1 Blackcap and singing Cetti's Warbler at the western end.



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First winter Mediterranean Gull roosted this evening.

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Garganey-1
Swallow- c 100 south
House Martin 20 > South
Sand Martin-2
Kingfisher-1
Oystercatcher-1 Juv

 

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That's surely a different individual to the one shown below on 26 Aug - much less moult on today's bird

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Garganey - 1 Eclipse Male

Common Sandpiper-1

Oystercatcher - 1 Juvenile that seems to like feeding on bread with the Ducks at the car park ,someone told me it had been dropped off there after being taken into care at an earlier time ,my guess it would be better caught again and dropped off at Marshside.

Swallow- 25

Treecreeper- 1

Cetti's Warbler- 1

Snipe -2

Coot -900+

Great Crested Grebe- 82 (full count)including young

Little Grebe- 6

 

picture -eclipse Drake Garganey



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This morning's sightings included:

1 Garganey

1 Ruff on the spit which flew off south at 08:30

1 Common Sandpiper

1 Oystercatcher

Info thanks to Bill Harrison



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Two Mediterranean Gulls in the roost this evening, an adult and first winter.

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This Afternoon

Garganey-1

Chiffchaff-2

Willow Warbler-1

Kingfisher-2

Lapwing- c400

Tufted Duck- 220

Great Crested Grebe-77

Coot - 920

Grey Wagtail-1

Cetti's Warbler-1

plus the usuals



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Looking at pictures I have seen posted elsewhere seems there has been 2 Garganey about at Pennington in the last few weeks ,as hinted by Colin Davies last week the Eclipse/imm Male by the spit and a bird that looks like a Female/Juvenile thats been in Edmonson and also by the spit at times which has added to the confusion over the sex of the Garganey. Over 800 Coot also today,and a Snipe were on note . 





Cant comment on the Female type, but the photo taken by Karl earlier in the thread looks to me to be an adult male in eclipse - difficult with the wing at the angle it is but the greater coverts look broad rather than narrow and pointed and the white tips look square rather than the grey protruding down the shaft. Speculum colour is a bit confusing as it looks blue rather than green, but its not exactly dull. But as I said - not easy from that angle and I've never really examined a Garganey in eclipse before. Happy to be told otherwise

-- Edited by Craig Higson on Monday 3rd of September 2018 06:20:53 PM

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Looking at pictures I have seen posted elsewhere seems there has been 2 Garganey about at Pennington in the last few weeks ,as hinted by Colin Davies last week the Eclipse/imm Male by the spit and a bird that looks like a Female/Juvenile thats been in Edmonson and also by the spit at times which has added to the confusion over the sex of the Garganey. Over 800 Coot also today,and a Snipe were on note . 



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Garganey still present this evening and a Green Sandpiper too.

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4 Black-tailed Godwit flew through east early this morning, a nice if minor movement of hirundines south over the flash with some stopping to feed and 11 Chiffchaff were on and around Ramsdales Ruck.



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Late news for yesterday, the eclipse garganey was still present from Horrocks hide, near the tern raft. Also the Egyptian goose still around the car park.

Perhaps of interest, this morning I had an escaped falconers bird on a telegraph post at home which is about half a mile from the flash at most. It looked like an adult and was like a slim peregrine with a rufous crown, in my opinion from the photos it is most like a Barbary falcon or a small lanner, though could equally be a hybrid. Maybe worth bearing in mind if anybody sees an unusual falcon at the flash.



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15:30 very brief visit

Egyptian Goose still present, near kiddies sandpit. No more/less wary than the Canadas. Wings not clipped, but right primary slightly more worn than left. Legs not seen. As good as any other UK Egyptian Goose, in my book

Also, 2 House Martins & Grey Wagtail over

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Of note this morning

Juvenile Mediterranean Gull

8 Common Tern

The Blue ring billed Tufted Duck from last winter was again in Ramsdales today



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Garganey still present this morning, also a single Swift.

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Also today, the Egyptian goose still present, around the benches on the car park.



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Birding highlights today:

Garganey still present

2 Black-tailed Godwits

2 Dunlin

Juvenile Mediterranean Gull

 

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An adult and juvenile Mediterranean Gull roosted this evening.

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Juvenile Mediterranean gull off the point this afternoon, also the garganey still present near the tern raft. At least 8 common terns.



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Garganey and 5 Common Tern this morning.

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2 juvenile Mediterranean Gulls roosted this evening.

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Looking at this image taken by Karl Bishop yesterday of the Pennington Flash Garganey as hinted by Colin Davies it seems to be a immature or eclipse type Male . Great shot again by Karl
Picture - Garganey - by Karl Bishop
 
 


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Other sightings from this morning:

1 Egyptian Gose

360 Sand Martin (feeding over the flash)

18 Chiffchaff

1 Raven over SE

3 Common Tern (adult and 2 juveniles)

11 Grey Wagtail



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Garganey still showing well around the direction finder outside Horrocks hide between 9:30 - 10:30, though often disappearing in the vegetation for periods. I didn't see it fly, but 10 minutes later there was a garganey just off the tern raft on the right hand end of the spit, making me wonder if there might be two birds, but unfortunately I didn't see any further sign of garganey close to the hide so can't confirm this. Looking at the photos, it looks more like an eclipse or possibly juvenile male to me.

Also today, at least 9 common terns.

 



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Garganey showing extremely well on the small pool in front of Horrocks Hide this morning (phonescoped shot attached).



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Juvenile Black-necked Grebe present in Ramsdales.

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Garganey still from Horrocks

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Garganey - Female still present today up to 1pm at least on the right side of the main spit from Horrocks Hide

also Juvenile Kittiwake was seen by Bill Harrison and went through east during a storm mid morning



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Garganey - Female still present today up to 1pm at least on the right side of the main spit from Horrocks Hide

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Highlights so far this morning:

Little Egret

Ringed Plover

Redshank

3 Common Tern

Info thanks to  Barry Hulme

 



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Garganey off Horrocks Hide this morning, also 2 Little Egret on site.

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Highlights of a brief look round this am were: Immature or female Redstart briefly seen and heard several times in 2nd hedge east of Sorrowcow farm, Juvenile Dunlin on shore of sailing club, Green Sandpiper from Horrocks hide and Egyptian Goose with Canada's round benches.

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Green Sandpiper-1

Black Tailed Godwit- 1

 Snipe- 1

Great Crested Grebe- 58

Juvenile Mediterranean Gull

Kingfisher-1

Plenty Sand Martin,House Martin and Swallow

Lapwing c200

 

picture - Green Sandpiper

 

 

 



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Now confirmed that there are 2 Redstart in Whittles Fields, directions as below (actually in the trees around the closest field to Sorrowcow Farm currently).

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Redstart around Whittles Fields at 12:25 today (the grass fields immediately to the east of Sorrowcow Farm on the southern side of the flash) and possibly a second bird there too.

Also present today:

Juvenile Mediterranean Gull

1 Common Sandpiper

6 Snipe

4 Common Tern

2 Buzzard

2 Sparrowhawk

2 Chiffchaff

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This morning:

 

Drake Common Scoter

1 Redshank

1 Oystercatcher

1 Snipe

80 Lapwing

3 Common Tern

 

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Other birds this afternoon included:

5 Common Tern

80 Sand Martin, 60 Swallow (feeding one the water), 30 House Martin (feeding over trees)

 



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2 female Common Scoter this morning.

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Very enjoyable few hours spent around here today:

Chiffchaff, willow warbler, blackcap, whitethroat, swallow, house martin, pied wagtail, song thrush, jay.
1 Cetti's warbler (showing very well towards the western end)
100+ sand martin
2+ grey wagtail
2 (or 4) kingfisher, putting on a great show from T Edmondson's & (later) Teal hides
300+ coot
10 teal
21+ gadwall
3 shoveler
25+ tufted duck
1 Egyptian goose
7 little grebe
c60 great crested grebe (flotilla of 50+ from Ramsdale's hide / reedbed)
c60 lapwing
1 snipe (feeding right in front of Ramsdale's)
10+ grey heron
7+ common tern
1 common gull
1 herring gull
1 kestrel
1 sparrowhawk
1 buzzard

One of those rare days where all the birds were being extremely obliging.

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