RSPB Middleton Hall Lakes
Vern's Flickr Page
Pacific Golden-Plover (Vern Wright)
Map of Reserve
No blog update for a while as I've been busy with cricket and also birding at a new location which will feature in a future blog. I try not to check for updates when I'm on cricket duty as I'd rather not know if a good bird is local. On Sunday I went out locally for a few hours and it wasn't until the late afternoon I knew a Pacific Golden-Plover was just up the M42 at RSPB Middleton Hall Lakes.
I've been to this location many times before so I entered the reserve via the house drive rather than RSPB drive which is a danger to any car such is the amount of pot holes. Quickly parked up I headed down the track to the Wetland Trail and down to the Jubilee Wetlands area of the reserve.On previous visits the reserve needed wading boots to walk round however the recent warm weather made it very dry. There were many Common Terns feeding along the trail and it was hard not to notice the large number of dragon flies.
The Plover took about 10 minutes to locate and was distant. To start with I had to settle for just views of it's head until it kindly came out of the undergrowth fully to reveal its stunning plumage. Frankly it wasn't the easiest to try and make out the relatively longer-legs than European Golden Plover however Vern Wright's photo is a nice image to use for comparison (taken Saturday). Make sure you give Vern a follow on Flickr if you want to see some awesome photos.