As it was only a short distance away, I thought I had better take a look at the Laughing Gull at Reading. It had been visiting a busy retail park for about 3 months and was now coming into breeding plumage. When I arrived there were about ten birders waiting and it had not been seen for 3 hours. Fortunately after about 3/4 hour it suddenly appeared on a lampost right next to the local MacDonalds, as it usually does. I grabbed my camera gear and managed a few shots before it few off.
I thought I should make the effort to see the White-rumped Sandpiper that had been at Radley GPs near Oxford for a week. The bird was easily viewable but a little distant for digi-scoping and the chain link fence that was in the way did not help!
The White-rumped is the centre bird above and the right hand bird below. It was slightly smaller than the three Dunlin with it. Note the pale edging to the feathers on the upperparts.
I managed to catch up with the Red-backed Shrike near Astwood, North Bucks on Friday 23rd September. This was on-route to the Bucks Bird Club weekend at Gibraltar Point in Lincolnshire. It had been present since the previous Monday and was not seen after 23rd. It was the first Bucks record in over 30 years!
This Southern Hawker was apparently egg laying around my garden pond for about 20 minutes. At times it would hover within one foot of where I was sat. Apparently this is normal behavior for this species.
Little Egrets have become regular visitors to Little Marlow Gravel Pit since early July, but are usually only seen as they come into roost just before dusk. Up to six or seven birds have been reported on some evenings roosting on the main island.