Thursday, 8 September 2011

A Mirage of Yellow & Red

It was forecast to be too windy for our estuarine meeting, and drizzle was also predicted so we travelled to one of our old faithful standby locations: Tophill Low. The bird of the day was undoubtedly the Black-necked Grebe moulting into winter plumage, but it was too far away to be photographed. Both sessions were suitably impressed by its stunning red eye. On the approach road the other big spectacle was over 100 Yellow Wagtails, no really stunning males as you see in Spring, but still some colourful birds. There were also at least one Wheatear & a single Whinchat amongst these stunners. The Kingfisher failed to show for the morning group, (although it was seen by a former student in the afternoon) but they did see Goldcrests and Long-tailed Tits, and some of them may have been quick enough to glimpse the Treecreeper.
The afternoon students went south instead, and saw 2 Reeves, 3 Curlew Sandpipers and a single Knot - again these were too distant to be photographed! on the journey out the Yellow Wagtails had dispersed, but some Curlews remained.

Yellow Wagtail
Orange Peel Fungus
Migrant Hawker [male]
Migrant Hawker [female]
Marsh Frogs

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