From the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust in London, England:
Bird sightings for 8th March 2010
5 Pintail – 2 male, 3 female, on the reservoir lagoon and in the grazing marsh channel
1 Shelduck – wader scrape
39 Wigeon – grazing marsh
117 Shoveler – main lake, wader scrape, reservoir lagoon
126 Teal – main lake, wader scrape, reservoir lagoon
38 Cormorant – main lake
8 Snipe – scrape, grazing marsh
1 Dunlin – scrape
13 Redwing – wildside and playing fields
2 Cetti’s Warbler – reedbeds and summer route
There’s been much excitement on the reserve over the last few weeks as an important bird species, the bittern, has returned for autumn. At least one bird has been seen every day on the north side of the main lake with good views from the Water’s Edge Cafe and Dulverton hide: here.
A new international photo competition covering the world’s 623 most threatened birds has just been launched. This is a follow-up to the photo competitions that led to the production of the highly acclaimed Rare Birds Yearbooks 2008 and 2009: here.
Warning signs: why street artist ATM is painting London’s endangered birds. The snipe, barn owl and great bustard have appeared on walls around the capital. Caspar Henderson talks to the artist who is capturing the birds that are vanishing from Britain: here.