Thursday, 10 September 2015

Inland South - August 2015

Some patches saw more migration than others in inland south in August, with some noting very little movement while others had the fortune to enjoy a little of the easterly drift migrants late in the month. Nick Croft at Wanstead still has some work to do to reach his comparative score, but his patch recorded the bird of the month in the form of a Wryneck.

Wryneck at Wanstead Flats, Nick Croft
This was accompanied by double figures of classic drift migrants such as Redstart, Whinchat and Spotted Flycatcher as well as a brace of Pied Flycatcher and Tree Pipit.

Tree Pipit, Wanstead Flats, Nick Croft
A Stunning Redstart, Wanstead Flats, Nick Croft.
Graham White at Rye Meads also enjoyed a Pied Flycatcher while Adam Bassett got a bit of grip back as three Spoonbills made up for a bird missed in June.

There was no shortage of patchers in inland south getting in on the Black Tern influx in August, with five patchers enjoying this graceful visitor. This included Tom Raven at Ham Wall who keeps top spot all to himself with Little Tern as well as the Black, along with Whinchat and Little Stint in August. Tom Stevenson has hit the 100% mark at both of his patches which is a great effort adding Coal Tit and Canada Goose added in August.

In the points league Tom Raven still has quite a gap which will take some chasing. Adam Bassett at Little Marlow had a patch tick Cetti's Warbler on the 16th. Adam has one more species to his tally than Tom, but when you opponent has a points per bird of 1.419 and a Hudsonian Godwit under his belt, it is going to take a few autumn finds to catch him now.

Other notable inland birds in the month were a Common Scoter for Marek Walford at Dinton Pastures, Little Gull at Grimbury Reservoir for Gareth Blockley and a Wood Sandpiper defying the high water levels at Moor Green Lakes.

Little Gull at Grimsbury Reservoir c/o Gareth Blockley
This month's #Patchgold goes to Roger Hicks at Henlow Grange who scored a patch tick Greenshank flying over.

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