Sunday, September 25, 2011

Rimac and Covenham re-Tern.....

Rimac Sunrise.

Juvenile Little Stint.

Juvenile American-black Tern.

Devil's-coach Horse Beetle.
A day free today,saw Chris and myself heading down the coast,bright and early hoping to add some nice rarities to our lists.We began proceedings at Rimac to look for the 2 or 3 Buff-breasted Sandpipers that had been present all week,but failed after putting in a good 5 hours effort.All was not lost though,as we logged some nice sightings which included Merlin,5 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers,2 juvenile Little Stint,immature male Marsh Harrier,Lapland Bunting,2,sparring juvenile Peregrine and 5 Pintail which flew south over the sea.The stints and Curlew Sands showing particularly well,giving some nice views and the Lap being our first of the autumn period.After our efforts at Rimac we back-tracked to Covenham to look around the superb res seeing again the expected juvenile American Black Tern,which had been present all week.Today it showed very well again,with us enjoying close views of it resting on the reservoir bankside,a smart bird.Also here were a couple of confiding juvenile Little Stint,2 Common Sandpiper,at least 2 adult White Wagtail,2 Common Buzzard and cracking juvenile Wheatear which showed characteristics of the Greenland race Leucorhoa,with peachy/buff underparts all the way to the undertail coverts and did look a tad larger and longer legged,with a striking head pattern to boot,a beauty.Also observed from the avian world was a roadside Little Owl at Fotherby.Non-bird sightings included a couple of Grey Seal at Rimac and a photogenic Devil's-coach Horse Beetle at Covenham.A great day out again.

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