Sunday, 9 September 2012
Confiding Barwit & Ness Point Goodies
Receiving a tweet from Danny, I drove up to Kensington Gardens and it was great to see Danny sitting on the bench between the 2 bowling greens. The winter- plumaged Bar- tailed Godwit was on the western most one, it was walking around and constantly feeding, probing the ground with its mighty bill and walking round in a mostly clockwise direction. At one point it was just 3 feet away from us at the very edge of the green giving superlative views and great for camera and digiscope. All of these pictures shown here (and on the header) are exactly as taken and not cropped or changed in any way! It stretched its wing once or twice and was even tolerant of someone walking across the green. A little later it flew east onto the eastern most green. At Ness Point, I saw Paul & Jane and we briefly watching a Whinchat and Meadow Pipit on the fence just north of the funnel. By the bushes in between the tamarisk, OFB and I saw first a Reed Warbler then a Sedge Warbler and a Wren. When a Lorry drove past, the noise flushed a Redstart which flew across from the Tamarisks by the seawall into the ones bordering Birds Eye factory perimeter, probably the male seen earlier but ut wasn't showing. A quick visit to the Net posts failed to turn anything up save a quick chat with Rob Wil. Driving back, the fine male Redstart, suddenly hopped out from a tamarisk square in the middle of the car park and posed very briefly on a post, it then flew into the foliage and could be seen on the deck in silhouette only. Once it perched in some bushes in the open directly facing me and then flew back to the Tamarisks by Birds Eye seen a couple of times very briefly on the fence here. In the garden at lunchtime, a Small Tortoiseshell on the front Buddlea and a Male Migrant Hawker flew away west from the vegetation by the pogoda. A medium sized Common Frog hopped out from the runner bean plants when I watered them. in the early evening, a Red admiral was seen on the Pogoda and 2 Common Darters, male and female perched on the very apex of the Sweet Pea canes.