Swannery Birding Highlights Of The Week...
Wildfowl... The regular female Scaup and the male Goldeneye were still in the now 200 strong Pochard/Tufted Duck flock, whilst dabbler numbers were pretty much the same, with a peak of around 200 Teal, 30 Shoveler, 30 Wigeon, 30 Pintail and 10 Gadwall.
|The long-staying female Scaup|
Waders... Last week's Little Stint lingered on meadow pool to Tuesday in company with three Snipe (with a few of the latter also scattered around the reedbeds) but disappointingly the only other waders, save for a few Lapwing, were all fly-overs and consisted of singles of Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit and Greenshank.
|The juv. Little Stint|
|The three Snipe|
Other water-birds... There's really nothing to add to the last few week's sightings but there were plenty of Cormorants on the move both along the coast and departing and arriving from inland, while a very confiding individual frequented the 'moat'...
|Kestrel © Charlie Wheeler|
I'll leave you with an image of a Migrant Hawker Dragonfly that work colleague Charlie captured this week...
|Migrant Hawker © Charlie Wheeler|
Thanks to Charlie for the use of some of the above images. Click the following link to check out Charlie's web site wheeler-photography.