An early morning start at Weirwood Reservoir in East Sussex produced 7 Green Sandpipers, 4 Common Sandpipers, 5 Common Terns, 18 Mandarins, a Common Buzzard that perched in trees in the west end car park on two occasions, a female Blackcap, 2 Nuthatches and a distant Kingfisher all at the west end of the reservoir. At the dam end, 2 Goldcrests were in the car park and at the reservoir, a Yellowhammer was heard and two House Martins and a Swallow were over the reservoir.
(VIDEO) GREY HERON with large Bream which it did managed to swallow! (Paul)
Female MANDARIN (Graham)
COMMON SANDPIPER (Graham)
(VIDEO) COMMON SANDPIPER (Paul)
Mid-morning we headed to Bough Beech Reservoir in West Kent. This site was pretty quiet too with just one Green Sandpiper and one Common Sandpiper, 8 Common Terns, a Shelduck with 6 well-grown young, around 20 House Martins very high over the main reservoir, a Swallow, a Kingfisher and a Nuthatch near the Oast House, a Willow Warbler and a Mistle Thrush, 4 Common Whitethroats and 6 Egyptian Geese on the North lake. A white deer (presumably a Fallow) was on the bank of the main reservoir.
We then headed back to our local patch at Holmethorpe Sand Pits in Surrey and, being early afternoon, it was as quiet as we had expected with just a juvenile Shelduck, a Hobby and a single Green Sandpiper of note.
Paul & Graham
(Apologies for the even poorer quailty of my photos today. I had somehow set my camera to take photos at 1mp instead of 10mp!!!) Graham