Monday, 20 November 2017

Back to real gravel pit birding

 Uncommon Great Crested Grebe
 Drake Pintail
 Marsh Tit
 Blue Tit
 Coal Tit

With the site restoration now coming to a close I opted for just the one visit at the weekend. It's all very uninspiring to see the site completely flat. Large numbers of birds & mammals have all been displaced to all corners. The once glorious bunds that held breeding Grasshopper Warblers and many more species have all gone. Viewing on the main pit is very difficult as there is no cover at all for us & movement naturally unsettles the birds on the main pit.

Only Chris Lane & I have been on site in last few weeks so the chances of a late decent Autumn record has been minimal. 

Sundays highlights on a very cold morning included a Great Crested Grebe, adult Yellow-legged Gull, 7 Shoveler, 70 Lapwing, 4 Pochard, a drake Pintail & 4 Redpoll. I did venture across to Hillers on my walk where there were 2 Marsh Tit & 4 Redpoll around the garden centre.

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