Post details: Hot weather but good birds

2008-08-17

Hot weather but good birds

Permalink 06:53:37 pm, Categories: Observation by Howard  

The migration is in full swing now - the Swallows on the wires have now been joined by European Bee-eaters, Sand Martins, and the odd Red-rumped Swallow which are putting in a very early appearance. Noted recently earlier than normal were a Masked Shrike and a couple of Pale Rock sparrows with even some Great Reed Warblers joining the Clamorous that have been around for the last week. Otherwise the gardens are still quiet but Purple Herons, Hoopoe, Egyptian Nightjar Golden Oriel and Isaballine Wheatear are beginning to be seen regularly. The shorelines on the other hand are filling with waders Terns and Gulls as expected at this time of the year - most numerous at the moment are the Curlew Sandpipers and the Lesser Sand Plovers.

Turnstones

Turnstones

Little Egret

Little Egret

House Crows - anybody got a gun

House Crows

White-cheeked Tern

White-cheeked Tern

White-cheeked Tern

White-cheeked Tern

White-cheeked Tern

White-cheeked Tern

White-cheeked Tern

White-cheeked Tern

Western Reef Heron
Western Reef Heron

Western Reef Heron

The most common waders on the shore - The Lesser Sand Plover and the Curlew Sandpiper
Waders

Note the Broad-billed Sandpiper on the far right
Waders

Waders

Waders

Red and Greenshanks
Red and Greenshanks

3 Saunder's Tern nearest and a Little Tern standing in the water
Saunder's Tern

Little Stint
Little Stint

Lesser Sandplover
Lesser Sandplover

Lesser Sandplover

Lesser Sandplover

Lesser Sandplover

Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper

Curlew Sandpiper

Curlew Sandpiper

Curlew Sandpiper

Bee-eaters
Bee-eaters

Purple Heron
Purple Heron

Isabelline Wheatear

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