Saturday, 23 July 2011
Three Garganey arrived today on the Southern Lake. Garganey is an almost annual scarce migrant to Beddington with 1 to 2 records a year in recent times. Sometimes birds stage for several days in the autumn. 1998 was the best year on record for this species with three spring and three autumn records including a juvenile that stayed from July 12th to September 11th (61 days).
Not sure about the age and sex of today's birds although the more striking head pattern of the bottom pic bird is suggestive of an eclipse male- and I think I glimpsed a grey-blue forewing panel too. The flank pattern is also quite striking.
Also saw the juvenile Redstart again on Irrigation Bridge.