Monday, 21 November 2016

Low water levels at pits

Little Grebe
Drake Pintail
Pintail among Wigeon
October Patchwork Challenge

It was pretty much business as usual at Salford Priors this week however there were no records from Sunday due to Jon visiting another Warwickshire site and I was unable to make it down after perhaps over doing it on Saturday.

Best bird of the week was a 3rd winter Yellow-legged Gull which was picked out by myself and Chris Lane through the scope. There is also a Common Gull pretty regular on Pophills among the Black-heads. The drake Pintail remained on the main pit until the latter part of the week in the company of up to 5 Wigeon whilst the Teal count was 85 but suspect more were about on the site. Other wildfowl included 13 Gadwall, 5 Shoveler and 3 Pochard.

A quick call in on Thursday saw a mixed flock of over 600 Greylags and Canada Geese land on the main pit. A Sparrowhawk showed very well as it hunted the hedgerows around the main pit. A Chiffchaff caught my attention also among a big flock of Long-tailed Tits & Goldcrests.

Waders taking advantage of the low water levels were limited to a single Green Sandpiper and 24 Lapwing. The only other sighting of note was a Merlin by Andy Woodhouse in neighbouring Iron Cross and two Little Egrets were noted by Paul Hands on Pophills.

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