Paul and I did another early one today.
Started off at Manor Farm, firstly to see what was about and secondly to see how the landscaping of the site was coming on.
I have to say that the place is looking very, erm... nice. A very good site, but I feel it's going to turn into just another pretty Milton Keynes Park and be practically useless for most decent birds.
Having said that we did have a few goodies today amongst the very few birds that were there.
Three Yellow Wagtails dropped out of the sky to forage around the feet of the cattle. Waders seen were a Green Sandpiper, a flyover Snipe a few Lapwings and what was most certainly a Greenshank that disappeared behind the island before we could get anything on it.
Best sightings were however a couple of Redstarts that sat on the barbed wire before flying off into the bushes and out of sight. (Chris G did find and photograph one of them later on in the day. See http://manorfarmbirding.blogspot.com/)
We then stopped briefly at Stony no birds, - sorry, Stony Stratford Nature Reserve, where there was one Green Sandpiper that suddenly became 4 Green Sandpipers- wow!
As of last week we moved on to Foxcote Reservoir, where Greenshanks had increased to 4, Green Sandpipers 6 and Common Sandpipers 5, Lapwings to a couple of hundred and the Little-ringed Plover was still present.
Duck highlights were a juvenile Garganey in the small Teal and Shoveler flock and a 'you aint seen me right' Duck.
Two Hobbies over the reservoir caused panic amongst the Lapwings briefly.