20 October 2015

Red Necked Grebe (Jon Mercer)

Red Necked Grebe (Jon Mercer)

CWP 68a:  5 Red Necked Grebes, 2 Little Grebes, 25 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Little Egret, 2 Snipe, Curlew and Water Rail calling, pair Shoveler.   Jon Mercer

Waterhay / Thames Path – Redwings – 20+ feeding, also 3 flocks over total c55 birds. Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Jays, 4 Bullfinches, 5 singing Cetti’s Warbler, Goldcrest, Treecreeper, 25+ Long Tailed Tits, 2 Meadow Pipits, 4 Skylarks over.   Jon Mercer

CWP 26:   adult Yellow-legged Gull.   It seems to have the habit of waiting on the yellow buoys near the North End Works and trying to predate waterfowl feeding nearby. A Common Gull is in the same area behaving similarly but tending to stay on the water with the wildfowl.     Also at Lake 26 an unusual Rabbit with black & brown coloration, Chiffchaff, Redpoll, Bullfinch and good numbers of Long-tailed Tits present.   John Grearson

John was able to include a full description of the Yellow Legged Gull and I reproduce it for the benefit of the rest of us who do struggle with some of these gulls.

“I was able to confirm by telescope that the orbital ring is red but I have not got a decent flight picture to show the extent of the black in the wing tips.  The wings extend well past the tail giving it an attenuated rear-end appearance. Mantle darker grey than Herring Gull.  The bill is pale yellow with  a black spot in the middle of the red gonys spot and another small black mark above it on the upper mandible.  Legs dull yellow.  On the head some light streaking around, above and behind the eye, front of head white.  Bill heavy with an abruptly curved tip and an obvious gonys angle below. Forehead prominent giving a round-headed appearance.”

CWP 25:  33 Wigeon, 8 Mallard, 8 Gadwall and a Green Woodpecker nearby.  John Grearson.

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Siddington to S Cerney footpaths:    20 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Treecreeper, 15 Bullfinch (in 3 small groups), 1+ Green Woodpecker, 2 Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Buzzard, 1 Grey Wagtail (in the Churn), Little Egret, 20 Lesser Black Backed + 50 Black Headed gulls in a field, 1 Common Carder bee on bramble, Devil’s-bit scabious still in flower    Huw Jones

Devil's bit Scabious (Huw Jones)

Devil’s bit Scabious (Huw Jones)

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