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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Stains Moor


Today I checked the Staines Reservoir for some reported birds including Black Turn and Ruff. My target birds were not relocated but I did get another year bird: Wheatear. This was across the road; perched on a fence post. After an hour I headed to Staines Moor, a site I have never been to before. Good directional signs were non existent and I ended up asking the locals. It takes about 25 minutes from parking to actually getting onto the moor. This route is basically two public footpaths. It is definitely worth it and is a fantastic site with good visibility in all directions.The River Colne meanders through; making it very attractive and good for wildlife. 
One of the features here that really stands out is the amount of yellow meadow ant hills; a favored perching spot for Wheatear I here. Birds seen included Coot, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Linnet, Goldfinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Wren, Robin, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Black-headed Gull, Grey Heron, Buzzard, Kestrel, Hobby, Green Woodpecker, Wood Pigeon, and Yellow Wagtail: year tick! Rain stopped play unfortunately; but I shall return:)

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  1. Black tern and ruff? I've seen both those birds in the Victoria area in the past couple of months - you don't need to go all the way to Staines for them!

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  2. haha...very funny Mr. Carter...Lets see you get a Yellow Wagtail in the next few months:)

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