Monday, 6 August 2012

August 6th 2012

Super visit - a good day for migrants:
Common Sandpiper at Windmill Pool; presumably the same bird present since the end of last month?
Common Redstart male in horse pasture hedge south side of Gypsy Lane.
Grasshopper Warbler heard reeling in Spring Brook Scrubland, and whilst attempting to see it (without success) a flock of 8 Crossbills flew over calling.
A certain over-summering duck remains, currently at Engine Pool.

The Gropper takes my patch year list to 109. Due to late shifts at work, I've not done much birding in the last couple of months, but hope to write a summary of what little has been seen when time allows. Please email me your Earlswood sightings from recent months as I've likely missed anything interesting.

Water levels appear to be falling at the two main pools (over a foot below maximum) - if they drop further and expose more lakebed, will we get some waders?