Most of our summer migrants have now departed these shores, with a few stragglers left to go.
Whilst they have left, others have arrived, from their breeding grounds in the far north of Europe, so its all change again on the birding front.
On the 18th September, I was at Moor Green Lakes, Berkshire, where there were four x Green Sandpiper, ten x newly arrived Shoveler and a real surprise in the shape of a juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper, which is only the second sighting for this species at the reserve.
Later in the month, the 26th, I was off to Keyhaven/Pennington for the day. I had waited for over a week to get the weather conditions favourable for a visit, but as it turned out, the day was misty and not the sunny intervals that had been forecast, ah well.
Added to that the Wryneck and Grey Phalarope that were there, had gone.
However, there was a very smart juvenile Spoonbill present, the species is becoming a regular visitor here. Greenshank, Black-tailed godwit, Meadow and Rock Pipit, Wigeon, Shelduck and Shoveler and Spotted Redshank were seen, along with the ever present Redshank, Ringed Plover, Little Egret, Turnstone, Grey Heron and Goldfinch, with a few Swallows heading south out to sea. So all in all, a very good days birding, with the bonus of a few photos taken.