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Thursday, 3 December 2009


Today's Images, all taken by Simon Woolley in Hampshire - the Mottisfont SPOTTED SANDPIPER and a EUROPEAN SHAG displaced to the river in central Winchester

Chew Valley Lake in Avon has stepped up a gear in recent days attracting a sub-adult POMARINE SKUA and a drake RING-NECKED DUCK, with the long-staying LONG-TAILED DUCK still present.

A drake FERRUGINOUS DUCK arrived with Northern Pochard on Sandford Lake, Dinton Pastures CP, Reading (Berks) yesterday (no sign today), with a LITTLE AUK showing well until dusk just off of Berry Head, Brixham (South Devon) (again, no sign this morning).

A stubble field visible from the raised sea wall just west of Thornham Harbour has at least 8 LAPLAND BUNTINGS (and 37 TWITE nearby at the wooden bridge, along with several Scandinavian Rock Pipits), with up to 14 SHORE LARKS on saltings east of Holkham Gap (the sea offshore here has both Slavonian and Red-necked Grebe, all 3 diver species and Velvet Scoter in with the 2,000-strong scoter raft). Two SHORELARKS are also present at Snettisham RSPB, with 3 near Gore Point on Holme Beach (all Norfolk).

The juvenile BAIRD'S SANDPIPER remains at Barns Ness (Lothian), with SPOTTED SANDPIPERS in Clyde, Essex, Hampshire and South Devon and the adult LESSER YELLOWLEGS at Aberlady Bay (Lothian). Meanwhile, the GREY PHALAROPES remain at Pennington Marsh (Hants) and at Amberley Wild Brooks (Sussex).

Four Snow Geese of unknown origin continue at Aldecliffe Marsh (Lancs), with two drake AMERICAN WIGEONS in Dumfries & Galloway (the Castle Loch bird still being present in addition to the Caerlaverock bird) and an elusive drake NORTH AMERICAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL at North Duffield Carrs (North Yorks).

The near-adult POMARINE SKUA is still feeding on the dead Sheep at Beachley Point (Gloucs) (at ST 550 918) and showing extremely well to allcomers.

The BROWN SHRIKE continues to entertain at Staines Moor (Middlesex) and the YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER is still present at Llangynwyd Sewage Works, Maesteg (Glamorgan) at SS 879 881.

In IRELAND, the WILSON'S PHALAROPE remains in County Donegal.

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