Black-winged Stilts

 
Jeff Hazell (Levels-birder)
 
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29 May 2019 17:31
 

29-May-2019
No sign of the 2 Black-winged Stilts today; ether this morning, or this afternoon up to 16:45 when I left.
2 different male Marsh Harriers seen, one carrying prey towards Shapwick Heath; at least 8 Cattle Egrets, a drake Garganey and 14 Blk-t Godwits.

 
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28 May 2019 15:48
 

28-May-2019
Both Black-winged Stilts still present up to at least 13:10 when I left there. Also at least 9 Cattle Egrets among the distant cattle, a single Snipe, and a male Marsh Harrier which did a big circuit around the reserve.
The stilts, from distant views, appear to be a male (black back)and a female (brown back)
Per BTO Guide 17: ID and aging of Holarctic Waders. B-w Stilt adult summer:
Male = Back black; crown & nape a guide, usually black or white.
Fem = Back brown, contrasting with black coverts; crown & nape usually with dusky tips to white feathers. (NB: all colour patterns of crown & nape occur in both sexes).

 
Andy Mears
 
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28 May 2019 11:25
 

Thanks chaps, I only glimpsed the blue ring as I scoped them flying off, good to have that confirmed.

 
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27 May 2019 22:54
 

Following on from the previous posts I was in the hide between 07:00 to 11:00.It was an amazing 4 hours.

-1 Barn owl showed 3 times seen left from the hide showing for a few minutes each time..
- 1 Great White Egret
- Both BW Stilts showing well, they were put up 3 times by Lapwings. On one occasion chased by the lapwings doing a circle around the three islands in front of the hide but settling at the back left again. 1 had black wings the 2nd one appeared to have dark brown wings.
-2 Marsh Harriers passed by on the right.
- 2 Black Tailed Godwits
-2 Little Egrets
-1 Grey Heron Fly-by
-7 Cattle Egret, 3 with the cows and 4 eventually flew off to the right.
- 4 Cranes landed far out at around 10:00 ish, hanged around for 10 minutes and then flew off high to the left. 3 Together and 1 separate. I checked my photo’s (Certain that the first 3 had no tags/rings/transmitters. I cannot confirm if the trailing Crane had a blue tag on or not as I was in the hide and could get low enough to see through the window. Bill and Jan sitting near me got much better photos.
- 1 Yellow Wagtail (Heard but not seen) also 1 Pied Wagtail
- The Garganey was seen clearly but distant at 10:45 by the Gentleman using the scope sitting to the left of me. I could only see it’s head through my bins

Some photo’s of the Stilts
https://www.flickr.com/photos/paulcousins/47945739256/in/datetaken/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/paulcousins/47945715733/in/datetaken/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/paulcousins/47945770687/in/datetaken/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/paulcousins/47945718928/in/datetaken/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/paulcousins/47945702627/in/datetaken/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/paulcousins/47945717783/in/datetaken/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/paulcousins/47945738376/in/datetaken/

 

 
Alan Ashman
 
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27 May 2019 22:06
 

Hello Andy , i Tweeted that at least one of the four Common Cranes that dropped in to Catcott Lows this morning was wearing a Blue ring.. I took several photo as they flew off . It was when i looked at the pics at home on my computer I could see just the blue ring on one bird. Looks like they were a party from just down the road from the Crane re-introduction programme.

 
Andy Mears
 
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27 May 2019 17:09
 

One of the best bin-fulls I’ve had in Somerset I think - the 2 Stilts, several Cattle Egrets and 4 Cranes flying in to land just behind midmorning. Couldn’t find the Garganey but a few Blackwits, Little Egrets and some of the other usual suspects also on show. No GWEgret! But utterly fab.

Pretty sure one of the Cranes had a blue ring but would be good to hear if others definitely saw this (have seen a tweet along these lines). They flew off SW after 20 mins or so.

 
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27 May 2019 12:27
 

Both Stilts present and easy to see at 10.30. Plenty of Cattle Egrets coming and going. One probable fly over Yellow Wagtail.

 
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27 May 2019 06:30
 

Both Black-winged Stilts still present at Catcott Lows 6.15am with 2 Black Tailed Godwits and 1 Gt White Egret.

 
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26 May 2019 14:38
 

26-May-2018
Two Black-winged Stilts at Catcott Lows this morning, were still present at 13:15 when we left there, also at least 8 Cattle Egrets. The stilts had been reported very early this morning flying West over Ham Wall.