Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Upton Warren Sunday Spoonbills

 Black-tailed Godwit
Spot the Black Tern

A quiet hour watching Moeen Ali's superb century for England in the one day international was disturbed by a text from Lord Belsey that 5 Spoonbills had landed on the Moors at Upton Warren.

I'd parked up within fifteen minutes of the text & quickly marching round to the east hide where I was pretty sure the best views would be. The family looked to be made up of one adult & four juveniles with some of juveniles begging for food with a very strange call. This was the fifth record for the site & the first one since 2011 (P.Andrews)

Spoonbills are a species that continue to flourish with breeding now reaching as far up as Yorkshire where three birds hatched at Fairburn Ings this year. The sighting certainly attracted many visitors, the car park was full & there was the normal friendly banter in the hide. It was good to catch up with King Heath Phil who is off to Cornwall to live in the new year, good luck mate. 

Other sightings included a Black Tern, Black-tailed Godwit, Snipe, Lapwing and a Little Egret. 

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