No sign of Little Gulls or Terns this morning, but lots of new birds.c50 Swallow, c 40 Sand Martin and single House Martin.1 Yellow Wag, 1 Common Sand, 1 Kittiwake roosting on the sailing club pontoon and 2 Barnacle Geese.
1 Arctic Tern patrolling the south side this evening.
Arctic Tern and Kittiwake still present this morning. Also 6 Common Sand and 4 White Wag.
group of 7/8 house martins this morning around 07:30, west side dropping down to the lane
10 Common Sandpipers this am
Arctic Tern and 4 Common Sand this evening.
cuckoo calling this early morning, s/west side in the fields... my first hearing of this bird for two years!!
A single Yellow Wagtail this am (SW corner) and 8 Common Sandpipers
Also 1 White Wag, an impressive flock of c200 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow and a Sparrowhawk.
Forgot to mention, I heard what sounded like a Whitethroat singing in the small nature reserve area East of the Sailing club - no sightings though...
No sign of any terns on the reservoir this afternoon, but at least 6 Common Sandpipers along the SW corner.
11 common sand and one LRP among them, 3 oyster catcher also, and over a hundred mixed martins and swallow after a feast skimming the waves,a group of whitethroat but only one showing and singing in the copse next to the sports field
late morning - 26th:
16 common sandpipers, 17 dunlin & 3 oystercatchers - all getting a lot of grief from pedestrian disturbance, which soon persuaded at least 8 of the dunlin to leave high to the north.
c.50 swallows and 20 house martins and a brood of 7 mallard ducklings with mum on the lake.
18 Common Sand and a single Dunlin his evening. Also mixed flock of c100 Swallow, Sand martin and House Martin.
6 Common Sandpiper between the Axbridge tower & the car park this morning. Also 3 White Wagtail & Several hundred Swallow, House & Sand Martin, with a single Swift amongst them.
14 Common Sand this morning along with 2 yellow and 4 white wagtail. Also impressive compact flock of c150 Sand Martin. Only 1 House Martin and a couple of Swallow with them.
8 Common Sand, 2 White Wag, I Common Tern and 10 Swift this morning. Also a pair of Sparrowhawk and 2 Buzzard over the Mendips.
3 Common Sand and a fly by flock of 9 Whimbrel this morning. Also flock of c500 Sand Martin and c150 Swallow over the water, with a White Wagtail and Lesser Whitethroat around the edge. 1 Peregrine flashed by with the afterburners on!
very early walkabout this am,at the res, 6 common sand ,of which 4 flew off to the west away from the res, 2 yellow wag;s one white wag' and two fledgling pied wags feeding with adults near Axbridge tower, very large accumulation of martins and swallow over the water and along the res'bank s/west side, and a group of around a dozen [first of the year] Swifts approaching from the sports field, a further deviation toward the lane leading to the River Yeo, saw 5 Reed Bunting 3 m and 2 f, 4 reed warblers, 6 chiff chaff, several more swallow along the river,and a Buzzard
distant sounds of a cuckoo near the fishing lake ,and two Kestrel,one by the copse alongside the sports field,another at the bottom end of the rugby pitch off Sharpham Road both in hovering/hunting mode approx 08:30 am
very healthy number of swifts this am, over 3 dozen over the west bank, early morning heat combined with the sheep droppings bringing a source of a large flying breakfast, and silent too ,no screaming birds
two birds this am, of similar appearance and characteristics of Wagtails, bobbing rear up and down while grounded shortish flights and same sort of call , colouring was the only query, pale brown wings with shortish black tails, breast of a very pale creamy pinkish brown, with a very white rump,....3 common sand also, ... all these were on the west side of the res,
Wheatear seems the likely candidate from your description. Quite a few on the move right now.
Around 80 Canada geese these last two days,13 mute swan, and a build up of Coot well into the 200 number, and a very healthy amount of wagtail and have been all summer
two Jays this morning 07:00 near the clay pits car parking area
Juv Black Tern this afternoon from Axbridge End.
nothing seemingly out of the ordinary,but among a group of some 15 - 20 wagtails, ranging from "the norm" through pale grey in plumage, there was one with a very fair dusty in colour breast, large black bib and what appeared to be a sort of lemon coloured head where normally would be white in good light around 08:00 at the s/w area of the res
A very confiding female Wheatear was present yesterday (25th September) catching insects in and around the skate-park and posing for my camera.
Pics on my blog! (Not for lovers of Craneflies!!)
cracking 4th and 5th shots,,,
a large gathering of some 40 GCGrebes this am all together , and numerous singles scattered around the res' and around half dozen meadow pipits
went down the lane toward the River Axe this morning, and one rather dowdy male Bullfinch visual chest was a very dull russet/brown. and 3 others audible, and 4 Jays, and very noisy at that, have seen a few singles around the Cheddar Village this week, is there an upsurge in population of this bird, usually never see one
2 Jays near the far s/w area of the pond and two grey wagtails ,1 near the Axbridge gate and one near the boathouse
Jays are very busy collecting acorns at the moment so much easier to see.
arrival of around 8 Tufted duck ,5 Pochard among the gathering of Coots and a possible female goldeneye ,though slightly out of reach for positive id, the colour the bird was carrying a rich brown head or mauve ,the strong sun was making things slightly unsure , it seemed to be paired with another duck of just brown and white indiscriminate markings but the beak was quite long on this bird