Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Gayhurst Quarry

A trip down to GQ in the rain this afternoon.
Not so many small birds on show, but a Marsh Tit on the feeders of the last garden on the walk down was the first here for a while.
 Fishing Pit is looking spot on for waders at the moment and 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Green Sandpipers and a juvenile Little Ringed Plover seemed to support this. The drake Wigeon was still present as well as 6 Cormorants and about the same amount of Great-crested Grebes. 2 Pochard appeared briefly but flew off.
 Spinney Pit held 2 Little Egrets, half a dozen Tufted Ducks and the Mute Swan family of 7.
 On Reedy Pit an adult Little Grebe suddenly has 2 stripey youngsters, I must have missed these on my last couple of visits.
 The level on Motorway Pit has gone right down and exposed lots of small islands. These were covered in Lapwings, Black-headed Gulls and still a few Common Terns. There was an eclipse drake Gadwall and 2 more Little Egrets. Sadly I noticed one of the smaller, swan brood has disappeared, but it is not the Polish one.

 A walk up to Quarryhall was not that productive, other than a few Skylarks, a pair of Linnets and a couple of Tree Sparrows.

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