Monday, 24 April 2017

Spectacular Staines

Had a meeting back in the smoke about the Wandle Metropolitan Park so popped into Staines on the way back- it was brilliant- the whole South Basin was full of hawking birds going low over the water. 1 Little Tern, 4 Black Tern, 47 Common Tern, 1-2 Arctic Tern, 2 Little Gull, 5 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Black-necked Grebe, 300+ Sand Martin, 50+ Swallow and 30+ Swift. 

Unfortunately a lot of the good ones were right out the back so couldn't get any decent pics. 

 Common Tern 
 Common Tern on left, Arctic Tern on right 
 Not an everyday view of a Great Crested Grebe 
This morning met up with Sue at Holly's and we all went to Oddington (North Otmoor) to meet Bill who showed us my butterfly transect that I've volunteered to do. Only had a Speckled Wood but the area is great for migrants too- Gropper, 2-3 Willow Warbler (above), Chiffys, Lesser Whitethroat, 5+ Whitethroat, Blackcap, and 2 Sedge Warbler all singing away along a small section of hedgerow which will be my transect. Also gives a view over the Flood field- the north part of Otmoor.  

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