Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Knot a lot to write about

Despite the howling winds we still seem to have hung on to the wader interest. This knot is the first for some time at Tophill:

Two of the curlew sandpipers still remain – as per these great pictures courtesy of John Coish on Sunday:

Likewise we still have two black-tailed godwit:

And a lone ruff:

In addition today we have also had wheatear again on O res wall and a pair of water rail calling in the marshes – all sightings courtesy of Tophill stalwart Terry.

From Earlier in the week John has also sent these of a lingering sedge warbler on D woods pond:

A down at heel looking common darter:

And proof not all our ospreys are faked:

On Sunday night Martin recorded another three little gull on D and John also managed marsh harrier and an adult yellow-legged gull on the approach road. This menacing group of great black-backed were there tonight:

Again another 20+ yellow wagtails were on the approach road and fields:

Along with this linnet whose odd wing position got me double checking:

If you are viewing birds on the access road please remember to pull up sensibly not near the blind corners.

Hempholme is looking considerably more open now and was being hunted by a kestrel this aft:

Where these swallows are still rearing young (JC):

Finally another look at Mike Day’s kingfisher posting below with what I took to be a dismembered newt is actually a more intact marsh/pool frog tadpole as per this picture borrowed from the ‘European Amphibian and Reptile Blog’: