Monday, 28 July 2014

Wood Sandpiper - Tringa Glareola


 Date: 27th July - All Day
Location:  Portbury Wharf + Pilning Wetlands
Observation:  We started off at Portbury Wharf, we walked around all the hides and walked down to Sheepway. Not much to note apart from the usual, a Kestrel hunting on the harbor, and a fly-over Sparrowhawk/Goshawk with a very large catch (possibly a Squirrel/Rat?), was the same as him! No sign of the Owls are around 3pm, so walked on. A few more Kestrels around the reserve hunting. In the harbour, were 2 Common Sandpipers, feeding on the mud. We moved onto Severn Beach and Pilning Wetlands at high tide. Quite a few Pied Wagtails, hopping around the path. At Pilning, there was large groups of 100+ Whimbrel/Curlew. The 2 Wood Sandpipers still present to the left of the far pool but very distant 400mm isn't enough but a life tick none the least! Was also a large gull roost on the pool with groups of Dunlin and Lapwings. Walked back around Sunset, a few juveniles Barn Swallows, perched on the wires. A nice day out but think we need to invest in a bigger lens, to get some shots other than record shots!
Weather:  Blue Sky, Sunny + Warm!
Other Species: Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Common Sandpiper, Little Egret, LBBG, Black-Headed Gull, Curlew, Whimbrel, Wood Sandpiper, Dunlin, Barn Swallow, House Martin, House Sparrow, Lapwing, Starling, Goldfinch, Bullfinch