Whimbrel was likely today's highlight - found by Andy Marshall and Derrick Venus on D res wall where it remained for a hour before being flushed by a female marsh harrier. Its not often they put down on the reserve so a picture was called for even though distant:
In addition to the marsh we also had a female hen harrier over today too. Common buzzard over Hempholme:
Tony's great shots of them and the Angus McBean hide on Flickr. Another great count on Tuesday of a further 8 on the marsh, along with spotted redshank in what's been a bumper year for them. Elsewhere common sandpiper, dunlin and several little gulls through on Monday.
Check out Dave Ware's blog for a range of the reserve butterflies. And thanks to Andrew Pell too for this range of kingfishers - still showing today by all accounts:
Also worth checking the passerine flocks - plenty of goldcrests in now:
But again plenty of potential for better. Another taster of things to come is the greylags on Hempholme - finding good grazing:
Whilst these may not set the pulse racing hopefully it shows potential for some of their northern cousins later in winter.
Reserve walk tomorrow at 10am (September 1st) for anyone wanting to take in some of the above.