Monday, 3 May 2010

Lots of Effort - Little Reward

A bit of a wander around this morning to see if I could stumble upon any migrants.

First up was Gayhurst Quarry, where as everywhere else Warblers were in full song - Willow, Reed, Garden as well as Blackcap,Chiffchaff and Common and Lesser Whitethroat.
The two Oystercatchers were still there, as well as seven Common Terns. The Swan flock numbered 85 and 'Pinky' was here as well with some Greylags and Canadas. One pair of Greylags had about four Goslings and a couple of Mallards had young ducklings in tow. Then onto Linford, where again Warblers were everywhere, this time with some Sedge and a couple of Cetti's as add ons.
The Bund was very quiet with no waders at all, athough 3 Common Terns were present, also a pair of Teal, a pair of Gadwall and a drake Wigeon.
I had quite a fright when a pair of Canada Geese suddenly landed on top of the Hide and started walking around, - they made quite a noise!
Forty or fifty Swifts flew above the lake and the Cuckoo was calling accross the field.

Next stop was Willen which was 'Heron City', as it seemed all the youngsters had left their nests.
I counted 19 Herons along with one Little Egret on the island. On the spit were 2 Oystercatchers and my first Bucks Dunlin of the year. Nine Common Terns were either on the rafts or flying around.
On South Lake were another 11 Common Terns, lots of Swifts, Swallows, House and Sand Martins and the water ski dinghy chased a Common Sandpiper along the boardwalk
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