Monday, 30 May 2011

Wet Whit Monday

A typical Bank Holiday today, with rain right from the start.
We made the usual trip up to Notts to see mother-in-law and luckily enough the weather eased enough in the afternoon for me to take my usual look around Attenborough Nature Reserve.

 Lots of birds had young, including Mute Swans, Greylags, Canadas, Mallards, Coots and Moorhens.
A pair of Shelduck were seen along with half a dozen Red-crested Pochard, a fair sized flock of Gadwall and the usual Egyptian Geese.
Egyptian Goose
 The wet weather had brought down lots of Swifts and these were hunting low over the water in amongst the locally breeding Sand Martins, Swallows and Common Terns, but surprisingly no House Martins.
 Out on the spit a couple of Little-ringed Plovers and four Dunlin were seen.

 Around the Centre the feeding station pulled in lots of birds including the young of Chaffinch, Greenfinch, a single Bullfinch and several Tree Sparrows.
Chaffinches and Tree Sparrow

male Chaffinch
 When there was a sunny interlude between the showers, it seemed every Warbler on site decided to make itself known and Blackcap,  Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Garden, Sedge, Reed, Cettis and a very showy Grasshopper Warbler could be heard.

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