Top of the gallops
Schooling fences but not Shrike
Plenty of deer all around the pits currently
Huge flock of Greylags & Canada Geese taking advantage of Snipe Meadow
West end of the reed lagoon
Another Stonechat look for a new home
Fellow pit birder Chris Lane struck gold on Saturday when he found a Great Grey Shrike at near by Martley on the gallops. The bird showed on and off from around 2pm. Paul Hands managed to get up there to see the bird but as far as I know no one else connected. I did head up first thing on Sunday with three other Worcestershire birders but it looked like the bird was just moving through.
Sadly the bird hadn’t moved to the nearby pits which wasn’t the only disappointment. The reed bed lagoon had started to be flattened, we knew this was coming, but still sad given the Shelduck bred here this year with Reed Warbler & Reed Buntings. Very tragic.
The water level is perhaps the lowest I’ve ever seen it which is providing the increasing Cormorant flock some easy fishing. Sighting highlights were restricted to two Stonechats, two Green Sandpipers, 80 Teal, seven Shoveler, two Pochard, Sparrowhawk & a Buzzard. As I left over 900 Black-headed Gulls and a 60 large gulls (Lesser Black-back & Herrings) came into a pre-roost which was interesting. It was certainly the most gulls I’d seen together there. Could well be worth checking out again in future weeks.