Saturday, 21 August 2010

Friday Wanderings

A wander around the Gayhurst complex at lunchtime didn't produce very much that was new in, other than a huge increase in the Greylag and Canada Goose flock and a whole lot more released young Mallard.
 The single Common Sandpiper was still on Fishing Pit, along with the Little-ringed Plover that had suddenly reappeared and of course Drakey Wigeon.
 Five Little Egrets were on site and the two juvenile Little Grebe survive. The two broods of Swan are doing well with the the Polish individuals looking particularly smart. Lots of  Lapwing were on Motorway and still 3 or 4 pairs of Common Terns are still tending their young.
 The Great-crested Grebe that seems to have been sitting on a nest on the island for ever, surprised me today by turning up on Spinney Pit with three tiny youngsters. The dad made us laugh though by trying to present them with a fish that was as big as they were.

 Late afternoon, a belated report of a Slavonian Grebe  at Linford Reserve the day before came through. Unlikely as it sounded at this time of year, I had to check it out.
 Not surprisingly no such bird was found, but two juvenile Little Grebes could have been the subject of  a misidentification. The only other bird of note was a Common Sandpiper on the bund.

 While at Linford Paul texted me to say Rob H. had found three Black Terns at Willen, so being as I hadn't seen any this year, I made my way over.
 Sure enough three juveniles were zooming around the whole of the south lake, and I enjoyed great views of these,while keeping one eye open for the parking warden. 

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