Friday, 7 October 2011

Empty Cups and Swallows Go West

Bird News: Ibsley Water - little stint 1, dunlin 1, black-necked grebe 1, swallow 20+ with most moving west, goosander 3 redheads .
Tied up doing tedious stuff for most of the day so hardly got out on the reserve. Near the Centre I was struck by the number of acorns littering the ground, this leaves lots of empty acorn cups on the trees, each like a tiny parabolic reflector.
The sun came out in the afternoon and this tempted a few dragonflies out. I was alerted to the southern hawker below by our regular bird photographers and got a passable shot of it.
The little stint on Ibsley Water today was a bit of a surprise and the first this autumn and probably the last too. Later in the day it was joined by a dunlin. First thing I arrived just in time to see 3 redhead goosander flying off to the north. The black-necked grebe was again on the northern part of the lake all day. Apart form a few meadow pipit flying over the only obvious migrants were a slow but possibly steady passage of swallows,more or less westwards into the wind. I got a count of 87 lapwing on Ibsley Water today, they seem to like the newly lowered and widened bank on the western shore.

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