Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Wheatears at last

Superb Male Wheatear
Romance on the rock
Female close up
Keeping a close eye on me
 Saturday saw the start of the cricket season
 Brown Hare
 Hybrid Goose
 Common Sandpiper
 Like this shot as shows environment
 Attention !
Swallows return
 How many Wheatear can you get on a rock ?
Never get tired of them

With an extended Easter break I've been visiting daily and sometimes going back for a double helping. With the Blackcaps & Willow Warblers now in good voice, an additional Reed Warbler has come in with five Whitethroats.  A Common Sandpiper was another pleasing arrival and looks pretty settled on the main pit.

By far the best entertainment was watching our Wheatear mini flock which has varied in size from three to a maximum of six. If you scan from the main pit sometimes they are impossible to see yet on other visits they have been comfortable going about their business around me taking no notice what so ever. 

Additional sightings of note were a pair of Pochard on the middle lagoon, a Red Kite, a drake Mandarin (found by Chris Lane), 3 Little Ringed Plovers,  6 Shelduck, White Wagtail and a frustrating female Greater Scaup that took off as I was setting my camera  up on the tripod.

From my records we have recorded 107 species at the pits to date up to and including Monday 17th April.

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