Bird Watching (UK) - - Uk Bird Sightings August - Tom Shields


The Glossy Ibis re­mained, be­ing seen at Idle Wash­lands (9th-22nd). A Ful­mar was seen over Hover­ing­ham (1st) and an­other over Chilwell (22nd). A Purple Sand­piper was at Holme Pier­re­pont for five days, and a Tem­minck’s Stint was there (24th).


Wader pas­sage was good, with up to five Green­shanks, seven Green Sand­pipers and good num­bers of com­moner waders. A Wood Sand­piper was present (11th-15th) and two Ruff were also noted. A Black-necked Grebe was seen (27th-31st). Also present were Bit­tern, Raven and Pin­tail, and Ospreys were recorded on sev­eral dates.


A Knot and a Wood Sand­piper were present (1st-5th). Five Black-tailed God­wits and three Ruff were noted as well as many com­moner species. A Lit­tle Stint showed (12th-16th). Five Sand­wich Terns were seen on the morn­ing of the 16th, and other high­lights in­cluded a Common Scoter, Bit­tern and Spot­ted Fly­catcher.


The high­light of the wader pas­sage was a group of 15 Bar-tailed God­wits (19th). Also noted were up to three Green­shanks, 11 Curlew and sev­eral Dun­lin. Marsh Har­rier, Osprey and Red Kite were all recorded. Yel­low-legged and Caspian Gulls were in the evening roost. Sev­eral Arc­tic Terns passed through. A Red­start was seen (23rd).


Very good wader pas­sage with at least 15 species through­out. High­lights in­cluded up to three Lit­tle Stints, two Curlew Sand­pipers, Bar-tailed God­wit and 16 Turn­stones. Also no­table were 10 Black-tailed God­wits, eight Green­shanks and 11 Green Sand­pipers. Also on site were a Black-necked Grebe, Gar­ganey, Marsh Har­ri­ers and a Short-eared Owl. A Spot­ted Fly­catcher and a Whin­chat were also recorded.


A Knot was at Lang­ford, and a Turn­stone at Kilv­ing­ton. Avo­cets were at Lang­ford, with smaller groups at Besthorpe and Colling­ham. Besthorpe and Lang­ford also had Wood Sand­piper and Osprey, and the lat­ter was at South­well and Bar­ton-in-fabis. Honey Buz­zards were over Cos­sall and Bar­ton-in-fabis, and a Goshawk was at Best­wood, where a Pied Fly­catcher was reported. Eight Cranes flew over Nether Lang­with.

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