Sunday, 18 August 2013

Wood Sand/Clouded Yellow Twitch

Tired of waiting for a Wood Sandpiper to turn up locally, Paul and myself headed off to Tices Meadow in Surrey. About a 40 minute drive away so no further than going to somewhere like Amwell. We arrived onsite at about 06:40 and made our way to the viewing mound. A few waders were to be seen; Snipe, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Dunlin, Ringed Plover. After a few minutes the only other birder there found the Wood Sandpiper. It was feeding distantly on the far bank and in among some vegetation. Scope views were the best we could manage. After a quick team meeting we discussed where to go next. The two things were considered were Staines Reservoirs or to keep up our recent butterfly theme and go to Kings Langley in search of Clouded Yellow. The butterflies one by two votes to nil. On arrival we soon connected with a Clouded Yellow and then quite quickly 2 more. We gave the field a good going over and concluded there were 7 Clouded Yellow possibly more. Also here a Small Copper was nice to see.
The field is off Barnes Lane, Kings Langley. The entrance is opposite the rear entrance to the school playing field. There is just enough room to park one car here. If not park near the houses on Barnes Lanes and follow the path that runs parallel to the playing field fence and Barnes Lane itself. Grid reference for the Clouded Yellows TL06290345.
Paul's pics below. Clouded Yellows and Small Copper. All at Barnes Lane, Kings Langley.

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