August & September

Birds you are likely to see in August/September

This a period of great movement in the bird world. By the end of this period nearly all our summer visitors will be on their way to Africa if not already there. Multi-brooded and late breeders will have young fledging so record for proof of breeding, however, some disperse considerable distances from their natal areas i.e. where they were hatched. This is the time to note last recorded dates for summer visitors – never an easy task! During September the first winter visitors should arrive.

Records are required for all the species below

Summer Visitors & Passage Migrants
1. Warblers – all records, esp proof of breeding and last dates seen Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler & Blackcap, Grasshopper Warbler.

Cetti’s Warbler is a resident but listen for its explosive song.

2. Wagtails
Yellow Wagtail is now a very rare bird so please submit all sightings. Do not confuse with Grey Wagtail which is a resident along our streams & rivers. All records.

3. Chats – Black Redstart, Redstart, Whinchat & Wheatear will all go through on the coast but some may penetrate inland to WVBS area

4. Cuckoo – all records of this declining species

5. Spotted Flycatcher – declining rapidly, all records please – young on wing

6. Ducks – Garganey – a rare summer visitor. Shelduck – all records

7. Waders – records for Lapwing, Oystercatcher,

Redshank and Snipe. Green & Common Sandpiper and other waders will be passing through.

8. Gulls & Terns – Common Tern – will have finished breeding by now. Gulls will have moved inland in large numbers – count flocks and ratio of species.

9. Raptors – please treat all records as confidential Hobby, Honey Buzzard & Montagu’s Harrier are all scarce / rare summer visitors. Marsh Harriers will have young on the wing. Red Kite & Goshawk are very rare

Raptors including Kestrel, Sparrowhawk & Common

Buzzard will have young by now,Barn Owls all records please

Mainly Coastal some of these waders may still be in spectacular breeding plumage

Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Knot, Grey Plover,

Turnstone, Dunlin, Ruff, Avocet, Curlew Sandpiper. Winter Geese and Thrushes will be arriving.


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