Saturday 29th August 2015
The Farm is a tough place to have as your patch. The website looks impressive with its list of sightings but considerable time and effort has to be invested to achieve a high percentage of the rarer sightings.
The last week has seen signs of the Farm of old with a steady flow of good migrants. The lagoons look particularly good for waders and this area is holding the birds, which is another positive sign.
The news of a Pectoral Sandpiper had me spending some pre-football time staked out at the lagoons. The Wood Sandpiper, Ruff, Greenshank 3 and the regular Green and Common Sandpipers were also present.
Elsewhere on the Farm sightings were rolling in Spotted Flycatcher, Redstart, Red Kites and Buzzards galore. A surprise entry over the SE corner was a flying Fortress “SallyB” which did not have feathers but flew all the same!
Sunday 30th August 2015
The ringers Mike and Frank were first on site this morning and had had a few Sedge Warbler in the nets early on. The first port of call for me was the lagoons with Pinpoint and Nick. Yellow Wags were noted flying South as we made our way across Mount Beddington. There were a couple of new additions to the lagoons a Dunlin and a Black tailed Godwit.
As we were marvelling at the lagoons and the visiting contents Pete spied a marsh tern wheeling high. A bird I could not lock onto. That is why he is called Pinpoint! The identity of this bird was not nailed as the bird disappeared back into the clouds having also been picked up by Tank lakeside. Was this another Farm tick that had completely slipped the net?!
Our vigil was re-located to “Kojak’s corner”. The Black-tailed Godwit paid a short visit to the lake as well as a Whinchat which was very confiding. Curlewman was among a good spread of birders to frequent the corner.
Common Sandpipers and Snipe. That was to be the last action of the day as I turned the lights out as I left mid afternoon.