Friday, 22 April 2011

Staines Reservoir & Stanwell Moor

An early morning visit straight from work produced a few interesting species notably Great Northern Diver (1 on south basin), Slavonian Grebe (1 on south basin) thanks must go to Bob Warden for pointing out this bird and the use of his scope), Shelduck (pair on north basin), Black-headed Gull (c300), Common Tern (6), Oystercatcher (pair on north basin), Common Snipe (1 flushed from tern raft on north basin by gulls), Starling (c100 feeding on causeway).
I then made my way to Stanwell Moor where species of note included a single Great Northern Diver overhead briefly, a chorus of Warblers including Cetti's Warbler (1), Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat (2), Common Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Blackcap and Chiffchaff.
On the moor itself at least 3 Wheatear, 3 Lapwing and several pairs of Linnet showed well in the morning sunshine as a single Little Egret fished the river. Unfortunately my night shift began to catch up with me and I departed without noting the Ring Ouzel that was observed by other early morning birders.

                                          Great Northern Diver at Staines Reservoir

                                          Cormorants at Staines Reservoir

                                          Common Whitethroat at Stanwell Moor.

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