Sunday, 11 April 2010

As you were.

A return visit to Gayhurst Quarry early morning was pretty much the same as last week.
The Bewick's Swan -now officially a first summer bird - was still there keeping the company of a whopping 103 Mutes. Wigeon numbers were down to about 50 and there were lesser numbers of Gadwall, Teal and Shoveler. However Mallard and Tufteds seemed to have increased and the lady Goosander had found herself a mate. Singles were seen of both Little Egret and Grebe.
2 Oystercatchers were still on Motorway Pit as were several Great crested Grebes.
Over near the weir on the second river a Grey Wagtail and a Yellow Wagtail were seen within 50 yards of each other.
On to Quarryhall where a Green Woodpecker had excavated a new nest chamber and was having a well earned rest, a small flock of Linnets looking smart in their summer plumage flew around and a pair of Red-legged Partridge were put up.
On the walk back a Buzzard flew over and was promptly attacked by an angry Lapwing, 50 odd Sand Martins were over the pits and the lone Swallow was still at the Stables.

Calling in at the New Gravel Extraction Works near Newport, 4 Green Sandpipers were seen and a Little Ringed Plover was in display flight mode.

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