Sunday, 21 August 2011
Early Autumn Bird and Wildlife Walk at Beddington
Nice weather today for the early autumn bird and wildlife walk. Birds seen included Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Teal, Shoveler, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and Hobby. There were still 20+ Swifts about, a couple of Sand Martins and also 2-3 House Martins. Seems to have been a small fall of Whitethroats as there were up to 10 birds by the gate this morning. Bird of the day was a juvenile Whinchat on the mounds.
Butterflies seen included Large White, Small White, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Common Blue and Speckled Wood.
Many of the thistles and sow-thistles are in seed now providing lots of potential feeding for goldfinches. Botany highlight was the area of Trifid Bur-marigold on the Northern Lake edge.