Monday, 3 August 2009

Beddington Farm

About 15+ Willow Warblers/Chiffchaffs (top) representing a marked influx. Family parties of Reed Warblers around and must have been 30+ Goldfinch across the site. Not sure where these migrants come from, I presume these could be local populations moving south. The Whitethroats look like they have cleared out already- unless they are keeping hidden. Sand Martin young are flying around. Not many Swifts or House Martins.
On the water front- 25+ Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper, 100+ Lapwing (second from top), 5 Shoveler, 3 Gadwall and 60+ Mallard. At least four broods of Tufted Ducks (middle and bottom) which clearly breed a lot later than other wildfowl- do they time the breeding to coincide with food supplies? Also this female Tufted Duck (bottom) appears to be the mother of 17 chicks- must be a creche I presume.

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