Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Double Whinchat at the pits

With clear skies and northerly winds any possible migration was sadly way above our heads and out of sight. The only waders were the regular Green and Common Sandpiper and two Ringed Plover that were on the main pit. However on the small island two White Wagtails were present which was nice.

Within the first ten minutes of reaching the main pit we record a juvenile Hobby, Peregrine and Sparrowhawk. We did pick up the Hobby again later in the morning when on the bunds. Evidence suggests that the Hobby have bred fairly locally and now using the pits more as their appetite and confidence grows. 

For the second week running there were no Turtle Dove on the site. Fingers crossed they have a safe journey to their winter retreat before hopefully returning next spring. Our only real finds were two Whinchat. One on the south bunds and the other on the main bunds that is always difficult to access. Other notable sightings included:- 2 Lesser Whitethroats, Common Whitethroats, 5 Sand Martin, 30 Swallows, 50 House Martin, 45 Teal, 2 Jay, 2 Snipe,  2 Raven.

If you do visit the pits please drop me an email with any sightings to or via Twitter @neilduggan80 . 

All sightings really help us record whats going on in Warwickshire and monthly submissions are forwarded to the BTO, CEMEX and Bird Watching Magazine.

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