Searching in vain at the pits
Stunning Eurasian Teal
Two patch visits to Salford Priors resulted in very poor return this weekend. Whilst the skies were clear there was still a cold biting wind. Scanning high I could see some movement but nothing I could pick out other than Buzzards. The Midlands had suffered flooding midweek which resulted in water levels rising. Chris Lane found a Little Egret on the field flash near Broom on Thursday.
I recorded 55 species during Sundays visit which highlights included 4 Green Sandpipers, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Shelduck, 11 Gadwall, 39 Teal,10 Shoveler and 3 Teal. The Skylarks were in singing over their territories whilst both Chiffchaffs recorded were wintering ones. Ann & Noel had seen and heard a Curlew during their visit which was the first record of the year.
After returning home for a quick lunch I headed over to Upton Warren to see the returning Avocets. Six were showing well. Over 20 had been recorded this year and they are always great to watch as they sweep the water for insects. My third Grey Wagtail fed in the channels to the right of the hide.