Saturday, 28 August 2010

28th August - Sightings

Middleton - 3 Green Sandpiper Hall Lake (TP)
Kingsbury South - Yellow-Legged Gull (2nd Sum) Bodymoor Heath Water (TP)
Whitacre Heath NR - Greenshank , Green Sandpiper Main Pool. 6 Yellow Wagtail River Pool (J Weson)
Alvecote - Redstart (Birdguides)

Alan Dean notes the following about the YL Gull:

"The YLG at B H Water is the same individual that has been in the area all year. I have photographed it on various occasions to monitor and illustrate its development in appearance and moult. It’s now moulted majority of coverts, tertials and p1 to p6. P7 and p8 are in pin and p9 and p10 are old. Thus it’s now close to 3W plumage, despite the date (YLG moult a bit earlier than e.g. HG, as you’ll know). The change in appearance from clear 2S plumage in June ( to current appearance in August – close to 3W plumage ( - can be seen in these images on my website. Earlier images show it in 2W plumage. It’s been very useful to be able to monitor a known individual right through from 2W to 3W "

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