Sunday, 13 June 2010

Back to the Patch

An early morning visit to Gayhurst Quarry today.
First 'special' bird was a Marsh Tit by the side of the wood, that was very upset by my prescence, so suspect it was breeding nearby.
Then a good look over the Fishing Pit showed there to be a few waders around. Namely 15 Lapwings, a Little ringed Plover and most surprisingly a summer plumaged Dunlin - a late spring or an early autumn migrant ?
The summering drake Wigeon was still around as well as 2 or 3 pairs of Great-crested Grebes.

On Spinney Pit was a pair of Little Grebe and a Little Egret.

Motorway Pit was still home to the pair of Oystercatchers and about 12 pairs of Common Tern. The pair of Mute Swans have 4 cygnets, while the pair on the Reedy Pit have 5.

Across at the weir on the second river a pair of Grey Wagtail were collecting huge beakfulls of insects for their young which must be fairly close by. Grey Wagtail

Walking across the cornfield to Quarryhall, I was harassed by no less than 3 pairs of Yellow Wagtails, all carry food so presumably these all have young too. Skylarks were everywhere and up at the Quarry itself 3 Stock Doves, a couple of Yellowhammers and a single Tree Sparrow were seen.
Yellow Wagtail

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