Monday, 26 April 2010

Sunday 25th April 2010 - Todays sightings

Tim Twiggs reports a male Whitethroat  on nearby Gwithian Green and the male Gadwall still on main pool on the reserve and 2 (1 male) Northern Wheatear. Best bird was a male Marsh Harrier that flew north to the east of the reserve at 4.05-4.10pm.

Friday, 23 April 2010

Friday 23rd April 2010 - Todays Sightings

A superb sunny day on the reseve with endless blue skies tempting at least four Buzzards and two Kestrels into soaring around. Dunlins had increased to six birds on the unfenced Pool with a Ringed Plover in tow. It wasn't long before an inconsiderate dog walker had flushed them all onto the gated pools. Thank God for fencing!!
Hirundine numbers were lower today but this was compensated for by the first Swift of the year, which flew south. A drake Gadwall was on the main pool and five 'singing' Whimbrel alighted there briefly before flying off towards the beach. Six House Sparrows were in bushes around the main pool opposite Sandsifter and a Sedge Warbler was singing from the Red River ditch. Suprisingly, not a single Wheatear was seen. Other birds included Chiffchaff (3), Song Thrush (2), BH Gull (2), Magpie (2), Shelduck (10+), Canada Goose (3), Mute Swan (1), Moorhen, Mallard (8), Skylark (4), Linnet (6+) and Pied Wagtail.

Wednesday 21st April 2010 Todays Sightings

Loads of Wheatears on the reserve today with at least 16 different birds counted. The total was probably higher as birds were still moving onto the reserve from out of the dunes as i left. A summer plumaged Dunlin was on the gated pools as were a pair of Reed Bunting. The Common Sandpiper was still present. A single House Martin was with the hirundines. Tim Twiggs had a Whitethroat and a Whimbrel on the reserve in the evening.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Thurs 15 April 2010 - Todays Sightings

Derek Jenkins reports three White Wagtail beside main pool and also a Common Sandpiper today. The Canada Geese appear to be nesting on the main island and there were two Whimbrel on the beach below the lifeguards hut.