July-August 2016


Rounding up pullus ducks in the South Lagoons

July – August 2016

Star waders of the period were two Little Stints which showed well in front of the Draper Hide over the Bank Holiday weekend. See our post for an amusing explanation of why these birds occur at RM every three to four years.

Also noteworthy were the thirteen Black-tailed Godwits which passed through one July day. Mediterranean Gulls were recorded on seven dates, and Alan Harris achieved another record-breaking count of 495 Gadwall in August – Rye Meads continues to be one of the best sites around for this duck. Another notable duck was Garganey, with three present for much of July and then two for most of August.

Best passerine of the period was the Common Redstart caught and ringed. A Spotted Flycatcher was found at the Works, and flocks of seven and nine Yellow Wagtails were noted as we tried to catch Swallows going into roost.

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