Bowling Green Marsh

Despite no reports since last Wednesday, this morning the 2 “Red-rumped Swallows” were again seen from the Goosemoor viewpoint from mid-morning onwards. However, photos apparently show a pale undertail, which indicates that the birds are hybrids, presumably Barn Swallow x House Martin. Except in the best light, it was hard to see the true colour of the vent. The birds were clearly an odd shape though, showing much that would be visible in a real Red-rumped Swallow. Struggling initially in poor light and with brief periods when the birds were visible, I was sure I could see enough to suggest that they were Red-rumped – a salutary lesson indeed!

While watching the swallows in weak sunlight in mid-afternoon, first a juvenile Marsh Harrier created chaos over the marsh and then a Great White Egret flew in from the NW, apparently overflying BGM and continuing towards the estuary.

During the morning high tide, there were 2 Curlew Sandpipers and 1 Little Stint with the roosting waders (which also included Whimbrel and Bar-tailed Godwits), plus good numbers of Pintail and Wigeon. Two Grey Wagtails fed right in front of the hide. Five Snipe flew over Goosemoor, where there were 28 Greenshanks, plus a Ruff later in the afternoon.

Posted September 24th, 2017 at 5:47 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News