Friday, 19 July 2013

'Pacific Golden' suntan!

It's the middle of July and we're experiencing a true British summer at long last!

The high pressure weather system which has been circling the UK for the last couple of weeks shows no sign of shifting anytime soon, as it continues to bring wall to wall sunshine and blue skies and high summer temperatures into the 30's for most parts of the country.

With no immediate change to the weather pattern this mini heat wave looks set to stay, but you won't here me grumbling about how hot it is...shorts, sandals, short-sleeve shirts, ice creams, deck-chairs, alfresco eating and drinking, England 1-0 up in the Ashes series with no interruptions for rain - what's not to love about finally having a long overdue proper British summer, and to top it off its been a decent week for waders as well.

The start of the autumn wader passage finally arrived with a couple of Pectoral Sandpipers locally, one at Vange Marsh RSPB and another one (which I caught up with) at Rainham Marsh RSPB - just a shame the views of this regular yank wader to our shores were not great, as it spent most of its time at the back of Aveley Pools - the marsh at Rainham also held Greenshank, Little Ringed Plover, a couple of Green Sandpipers and a small party of Black-tailed Godwits. And then, after deliberating all week about whether I should go and see it, I finally gave in and took in some more of that lovely evening summer sunshine and went to see the Pacific Golden Plover at Rutland Water, again the views were a little distant as the bird kept to the man-made stone dam, but all the same it was still a very smart summer plumage individual and it looks as if I timed my visit to a tee, as the bird seems to have done a bunk overnight with no reported sightings today!

*Warning* - Heavily cropped token record shot of the a fore mentioned Plover and two Starlings!

Summer Plumage, Rutland Water,
If you think this photo is bad you should have seen my Rainham Pectoral Sandpiper!

Whilst at Rutland Water I also stopped at Manton Bay to take a look at the Ospreys which have again successfully breed raising another three more young, adding to the previous eight birds this pair alone have raised since they first came together in 2010.

Amazingly the area around Rutland Water has now 4 or 5 breeding pairs of Ospreys, and since the first pair bred in 2001 a total (not including this years birds) of 62 young Ospreys have fledged from nests in the area - that's quite some success story.

You can read more about the Rutland Osprey Project by clicking on this link: http://www.ospreys.org.uk


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