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Bird Watching (UK) - - Uk Bird Sightings August - Howard Vaughan

METROPOLI­TAN ES­SEX:

Gal­lions Reach logged an un­prece­dented 200 Sand­wich Terns, hun­dreds of Common Terns, a few Arc­tic Terns, two Black Terns, Red Kite and 20 Common Sand­pipers. King George V Reser­voir had a San­der­ling, Pec­toral Sand­piper, Gar­ganey, Smew, Gold­en­eye, Glossy Ibis, Lit­tle Gull, Red-necked Grebe, Red­start and Blue-headed Wag­tail. Three Glossy Ibises and two Red Kites flew over Buck­hurst Hill, with an Osprey over Waltham­stow and Goshawk over Rom­ford. There were many re­ports of Spot­ted Fly­catch­ers and Whin­chats. Wanstead Flats had two Tree Pip­its, a Pied Fly­catcher and two Red­starts, with Red­starts at a fur­ther five sites. Weald Park had a Wood War­bler. A Hoopoe was at Ald­bor­ough Hatch.

MID ES­SEX:

Ab­ber­ton Reser­voir logged a Red-necked Grebe, four Black-necked Grebes, five Gar­ganeys, 10 Red-crested Pochards, two Lit­tle Stints, two Red Kites, Osprey, Bit­tern, Spoon­bill, seven Curlew Sand­pipers and Lit­tle Gull. Fin­gringhoe had Osprey, 400 Black-tailed God­wits, 34 Green­shanks and 17 Lit­tle Terns. A Glossy Ibis, Red-backed Shrike, 17 Curlew Sand­pipers and a Gar­ganey were on the Ranges. A Mon­tagu’s Har­ri­ers was on Mersea. Ospreys were over Ab­botts Hall and Hey­bridge GP. The pits also held a Lit­tle Stint and seven Curlew Sand­pipers. Old Hall Marshes pro­duced 17 Spot­ted Red­shanks, 23 Green Sand­pipers, a Wood Sand­piper, 12 Curlew Sand­pipers and a Wry­neck. A Wood Sand­piper was at The Hythe.

N ES­SEX:

A Red-backed Shrike, Tree Pipit and two Pied Fly­catch­ers were at The Naze. St Osyth had Osprey and Red­start. An Osprey, five Curlew Sand­pipers and 31 Green­shanks were at Mist­ley. Three Spoon­bills roosted at Cat­tawade. Eleven Curlew Sand­pipers and three Lit­tle Stints were at Horsey Wade. Frin­ton logged eight Brent Geese, Lit­tle Gull, four Curlew Sand­pipers, 112 Whim­brels, five Spot­ted Red­shanks and a Tree Pipit. A Red Kite was at New­port.

RAIN­HAM MARSHES:

High­lights in­cluded Tem­minck’s and Lit­tle Stints, Wood and Curlew Sand­pipers, Turn­stones, Spot­ted Red­shank, 16 Sand­wich Terns, 28 Arc­tic Terns, three Lit­tle Terns, Roseate Tern, two Lit­tle Gulls, Med Gulls, 46 Yel­low-legged Gulls, Caspian Gull, Gar­ganey, six Pin­tails, Common Scoter, 44 Lit­tle Egrets, Glossy Ibis, Yel­low Wag­tails, Whin­chat, Wheatear, two Spot­ted Fly­catch­ers, two Red­starts, three Tree Pip­its, three Cuck­oos, Buz­zards, Marsh Har­ri­ers, seven Hob­bies, 11 Kestrels, two Red Kites, Osprey and Goshawk.

SE ES­SEX:

Quails were at East Til­bury, Roxwell and Pagelsham La­goon. River-watch­ing between Thur­rock Thame­side NP and Til­bury logged max­ima of 1,437 Common, one Roseate, 109 Sand­wich, 10 Arc­tic, 29 Lit­tle and 26 Black Terns, 1,200 Avo­cets, Lit­tle Gulls, Curlew Sand­pipers and Lit­tle Stints. Gun­ners Park logged a Sooty Shear­wa­ter, four Spot­ted Fly­catch­ers, Gar­den War­bler and 30 Wil­low War­blers. Two Tree Is­land had 2,000 Black-tailed God­wits and a Curlew Sand­piper. A Hen Har­rier passed through South Wood­ham Fer­rers. A Great White Egret, Sabine’s Gull and two Black Terns were off Can­vey Point. Blue House Farm held Wood Sand­piper, Curlew Sand­pipers, Lit­tle Stints, Pec­toral Sand­piper and Raven. Vange Marshes had Glossy Ibis, Great White Egret, Lesser Yel­lowlegs, Spot­ted Red­shanks and three Gar­ganeys. An Osprey and two Red Kites were at Brad­well BO.

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