Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Sutton Bingham - Wed 18 Jul

A Green Sandpiper was a new arrival this morning, and a welcome addition to the patch year list. The bird was present on the exposed area of mud at the southern end of the reservoir. A total of four Common Sandpipers were also seen today along with the long staying handful of Little Egrets, a calling Raven, a single Great Black-backed Gull and a five Mandarin.
A return visit in the afternoon produced two Green Sandpipers and five Common Sandpipers.
Sutton Bingham year list 2018 now at 108 species.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Sutton Bingham - Tue 17 Jul

An early morning visit produced an Oystercatcher that must have been somewhere on the northern causeway when I arrived as it was evidently flushed by a fisherman and I only picked it up flying away westwards having heard it calling.
Nothing else out of the ordinary this morning, with a total of four Common Sandpipers and five Little Egrets being present plus a single Great Black-backed Gull and three young Mandarin.

Monday, 16 July 2018

Sutton Bingham - Sun 15 Jul

A couple of Oystercatchers were present at the reservoir today, first seen between the car park and canoe club they flew north and were later relocated in a private area.
A nice addition to the patch year list, albeit somewhat expected (if ever you can expect a bird to turn up somewhere). Also today, a couple of Common Sandpipers and seven Mandarin. A few Linnets have been about recently too.
Sutton Bingham year list 2018 now at 107 species.

Friday, 13 July 2018

Sutton Bingham - Fri 13 Jul

A decent pre-work visit to the reservoir today starting with a walk along the southern arm where four Common Sandpipers and four Little Egrets were seen and a Raven flew over. From the northern causeway the only bird of note was a Great Black-backed Gull so round to the Fishing Lodge where a Redshank was showing really well.
 
A further four Common Sandpipers were noted, bringing the day total to eight, the highest since spring passage birds passed through.
A return visit in the afternoon produced the first Mediterranean Gulls of the "autumn" with two adults, a second-summer and a juvenile bird. Further larid interest was provided in by a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Sutton Bingham - Mon 9 Jul

Pick of this morning's visit was a Lapwing that flew through heading north. A total of five Common Sandpipers were noted today and Little Egrets numbered some four individuals. The three Great Black-backed Gulls were all present again today.
Of interest, a Black-tailed Skimmer was seen this morning.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Sutton Bingham - Wed 4 Jul

Fairly consistent fair over the last couple of days, though a pair of Tufted Duck were on West Pool yesterday evening. Today though a bit of excitement with a Black-tailed Godwit that was found circling the north-east corner of the reservoir before flying off strongly to the south. Also this morning a couple of Common Sandpipers were present as were two Little Egrets. A Mute Swan was new in and was lingering off the dam and a Kingfisher was seen carrying a small fish. The female Mandarin was seen off the northern causeway after a few days of going missing and great news that she still has all five ducklings with her.
Sutton Bingham year list 2018 now at 106 species.

Monday, 2 July 2018

Sutton Bingham - Sun 1 Jul

An early morning visit was somewhat productive with another Redshank on the dam.
There were also three Common Sandpipers present today. Aside from these waders there was not much about, with three Great Black-backed Gulls and four Little Egrets. A Kingfisher was being harassed by a couple of Black-headed Gulls as it zoomed along carrying a fish (so obviously still feeding young somewhere nearby). At least one Sand Martin was feeding with Swallows and House Martins off the dam.