Lovely day's birding at my (UK) local patch with fellow ABS member Mark Green who had driven up from Bedfordshire. The weather was good and, indeed, we had a good few hours of sunshine by way of a welcome change. By the time we set off for our respective home in mid-afternoon we had recorded 52 species, Mark had had good, live views of the Manton Bay Ospreys at their nest with the third and youngest chick finally showing signs that he got his act together so that he, too, could fledge the nest and, from a Spanish perspective, real evidence that the autumn migration was now under way with the sight of 17 Black-tailed Godwits, in what looked like full summer plumage, which had arrived on site that morning. The addition of a handful of Redshank and a Curlew was an added bonus.
|The arrival of the Black-tailed Godwits Limosa limosa in the Wet Meadow|
|Who usually photographs Collared Doves Streptophelia decaocto?|
|The distant Reed Bunting Emeriza schoeniclus having a good look round his territory|
|One lonely Osprey Pandion haliaetus on Lagoon 4|
So on to the Shoveler Hide from where we duly found, in addition to many of the species just recorded, Pochard and loads of eclipse-plumage Gadwall. A lovely surprise to open the right-hand corner windows and find a Dunnock sitting on the fence and then a Wren popped up to see what was going on. There must have been a Reed Warbler's nest immediately below us as we were entertained by feeding adults in the reeds below as they brought back food for their young. A walk round to the Buzzard Hide produced the only Little Grebe of the day and there was virtually nothing to be seen other than feeding Sand Martins from the Lapwing Hide.
|This Robin Erithacus rubecula is approaching full moult as it still cares for its new fledged chicks|
|And then the Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major flew in for a midday snack|
|Just the single Curlew Numenius arquata which looked like either a female or juvenile|
|Some very hungry Tree Sparrows Passer Montanus|
So it was back to Egleton car park to sort out our gear, say our farewells and make our departure; a great day's birding and still the sun was trying to shine as best it could and a few House Martins were overhead at the village.
|More of the Black-tailed Godwits Limosa limosa with an Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta in the background|
Greylag Goose, Mute Swan, Shelduck, Gadwall, Mallard, Teal, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Heron, Osprey, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Avocet, Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Curlew, Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Common Tern, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sand Martin, Barn Swallow, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Wren, Robin, Stonechat, Blackbird, Reed Warbler, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Reed Bunting.
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