Saturday May 6th
Bird Race ResultsCongratulations to the Middleton team for their winning score of 104 species. The list can be viewed at http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=200195&page=108 Grey Wagtail to be added.
Within the Tame Valley, Ladywalk also competed and scored a very good 93 species, consistent with last years total.
The day's highlights were: Greenshank, Redshank, Ringed Plover, four Dunlin, three Common Sandpipers, Water Rail, Hobby, an amazing early morning roost of 18 Goosanders (prior to dispersing along the rivers), two Teal and Otter (Team Ladywalk).
Staffs: A feature of the day at both of these sites was the very early start which enabled birders to connect with a movement of waders through the area, most of which had left by 0830 - 0930hrs. Highlights were 11 Grey Plovers, three Whimbrels, two Turnstones, Sanderling, Greenshank, 18 Ringed Plovers and seven Dunlins. Also c.500 Swifts over Dost Hill, Little Gull, Pintail and two rufous-morph Cuckoos were claimed. See list for full details.
|By Adam Archer|
Warks: A Great White Egret left the heronry (Team Middleton).