Sunday, 29 September 2013

Highlights today were 2 juvenile Little Stints fairly early on this morning, plus Garganey, 3 Rock Pipits and a 2cy Caspian Gull. Single Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Greenshank, Redshank, 2 Green Sandpipers, the first Goldeneye of the winter, 4 Pintail, Egyptian Goose, Yellow Wagtail and a small group of southbound Swallows made up the supporting cast.

Still plenty of Common Darters and smaller numbers of Migrant Hawkers on the wing, plus 2 Common Blue Damselflies. Several Comma's and a Common Blue butterfly also.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Highlight today was a single RAVEN mid morning seen over the north end of the pit complex sparring with a Common Buzzard and then a Sparrowhawk, before it was slowly lost from view distantly to the north-west. Also this morning were 4 Ruff briefly, 4 Dunlin, Turnstone through, 4 Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Greenshank, Red Kite, Peregrine and Hobby. 6 Buzzards were circling together over the visitors' centre around midday.

(Meanwhile, nearby Grafham Water today claimed a mega seabird in the form of a SOOTY SHEARWATER, which showed well all afternoon off the dam.)

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Single Curlew Sandpiper through NE late afternoon today. Otherwise fairly quiet, with 6 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Hobby, Marsh Harrier & singing Cetti's Warbler all of note. Plenty of Butterfly activity around the complex, including 1+ Clouded Yellow.

Saturday, 14 September 2013

2 RAVENS seen again today over north end of complex at c.16:00. Also PECTORAL SANDPIPER still, 2 Turnstones (flew north), 8+ Dunlin, Golden Plover over, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Juv/1st winter and probable adult Caspian Gull, Wheatear and several hundred hirundines around again, occasionally attracting the attention of two Hobbies.

Friday, 13 September 2013


PECTORAL SANDPIPER still present today, although distant and very elusive. Also present were 4 Ruff, single Turnstone, 2 Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpipers, c.10 Snipe and c.450 Lapwing. The adult Caspian Gull was seen again this afternoon, plus a juvenile Red Kite and c.100 Swallows this evening.

Monday, 9 September 2013

Pumphouse Pit: juvenile PEC SAND again this morning, although very elusive most of the time (despite the pictures below suggesting otherwise!). Also 3cy Caspian Gull, 4 Ruff, Dunlin, 6 Greenshank, c.30 Yellow Wagtails & a Whinchat.

[Instructions for viewing as per yesterday. Please avoid entering the private quarry areas.]

Above Pectoral Sandpiper & below Whinchat, Pumphouse Pit.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Pumphouse Pit: juvenile PECTORAL SANDPIPER along bund, although often elusive. The bund is viewable from the public right of way viewpoint at the NW end of Pumphouse Pit, grid ref: TL206663. Also juvenile Caspian Gull, 2-3 Ruff, Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, Curlew (flew west) and Egyptian Goose family, plus a single late Swift with 200+ hirundines. Grey Wagtail and 3 Meadow Pipits flew over in morning.

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Island Pit: 3 Little Egrets, Green Sandpiper, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, Garden Warbler, Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler.

Heronry North: Marsh Harrier over.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Little Paxton village: Grey Wagtail flew over NW end of village in evening.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Boughton Lodge Farm: Wheatear along farm track on west side of Farm early afternoon, plus two Barnacle Geese flew north; Red Underwing moth on edge of wood at north end of farm.

Island Pit: Little Egret and Green Sandpiper on mud in SW corner of pit.