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03/09/2011 18:12

One of the quietist late Augusts I can remember in my area for birds.

warblers and other small migrants are still very thin on the ground in the valley.There as been a persistant flow of westerlies for most of the wek apart from 1 day this weel when briefly the wind went in to the South East.

This produced a slight increase in birds on the Thornhill Wetlands with at least2 new Red warblers and several  male Blackcaps.Around 12 Chiff Chaffs were on the Kerires Reserve.

Whitethroats are still very few and far between with a maximum of 5 birds on Kerries Reserve.

The lack of any suitable wader habitat in the area is a great loss ad any wader records in my area will have to come from the muddy fringes of the River calder were this week we have had 2 Green Sandpipers and a maximum of 42 Lapwing.

With winds set to remain in the South west for the next few days the quiet spell looks set to continue.

The two highlights of the week have been the re appearence of Blue Hawker(Southern) Hawker Dragonfly on the 29th of August on Kerries Reserve Ossett(see photo gallery) and the discovery of a single Roe Deer making its first appearence also on Kerries Reserve on the 1st of September.