Follow in Nigel's Footsteps

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Migrants on the move...

Thanks to Dave Helliar for sending in his photos from the past couple of weeks. A mammoth round-up of migrants - very much on the move starting  with some nice local waders at Seaton and on Dave's local Dorset patch:

Little Stint, Black Hole Marsh: D. Helliar
Little Stint, Black Hole Marsh: D. Helliar
Curlew Sandpiper, Black Hole Marsh: D. Helliar
Little-ringed Plover, Chard Res: D. Helliar
Green Sandpiper, Chard Res: D. Helliar
Redshank, a scarcer visitor at Chard Res: D. Helliar
Common Snadpiper, Chard Res: D. Helliar
Despite challenges from one US birder on Twitter that this was a Lesser Yellowlegs, it is definitely a Greenshank...and cracking pics too:
Greenshank, Chard Res: D. Helliar
Greenshank, Chard Res: D. Helliar
Wood Sandpiper, Black Hole Marsh: D. Helliar
Other birds were on offer too including...

Black Tern, always a good bird to see locally.
This one was at Chard Res briefly on 20th and 21st
of August: D. Helliar 
Black Tern, Chard Res: D. Helliar
Juv/1st Winter Med Gull: D. Helliar
Another scarce but regular visitor
on Chard Res LNR
West Bexington on the Dorset coast had a bit of a fall recently with large numbers of passerines to be found, including:
Tree Pipit, West Bexington: D. Helliar
Whinchat: D. Helliar
Whinchat: D. Helliar
One of at least two Wrynecks present
at the end of August: D. Helliar
Yellow Wagtail: D. Helliar
Whinchat, Blackdown Hills: D. Helliar
Whinchat, Blackdown Hills: D. Helliar
Great White Egret: D. Helliar
Still a rare bird outside the Somerset Levels.
This one graced Chard Res for 8 minutes!
Little Egret, Chard Res: D. Helliar
Little Egret, Chard Res: D. Helliar
Great sequence of shots of a Kingfisher swallowing its prey.

Kingfisher: D.Helliar
Going...: D.Helliar
Going...: D.Helliar
Gone...: D.Helliar

The local Grass Snakes have done well this year with good numbers seen basking on Dave's patch:

Grass Snake: D. Helliar
Grass Snake - this individual is close to
sloughing its skine: D. Helliar
Last but not least a couple of butterflies to finish on a bright note...

Small Copper: D. Helliar
Clouded Yellow - rare 'open wing' shot: D. Helliar
Thanks again to Dave for sharing his excellent photos.



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