Monday, 27 June 2011

Back Local Again

Finally got myself out serious locally again today.
A quick look in at Stony Stratford NR at lunchtime found me my first returning Green Sandpiper of the autumn, along with a couple of Little-ringed Plover - an adult and a juvenile ( these had bred on site and were just reward for Martin and his volunteers who have put a lot of time and effort improving the site )
A Little Egret prowled in the shallows and a Common Tern saw off everything in sight so I'm guessing this too had young.

 Late afternoon I took a good walk around Gayhurst Quarry.
3 Little Egrets were spread around, 2 Oystercatchers, one on Fishing Pit and one on Spinney didn't look like a pair. A Little-ringed Plover and 20 odd Lapwings, including several juveniles made up the wader contingent.
 It looks like Drakey Wigeon has stayed with us again this year as he was out on Motorway Pit.
Common Terns look like they've had a very good year with 15-20 pairs having nested on the flat island. Lots of young around, some of which are already flying.
The Swans haven't fared so well though with one pair having only 2 cygnets ( down from 4 ), another pair still sitting( surely they won't hatch now )
 There are several pairs of Great-crested Grebes around but only one with any sign of youngsters.

On the river 2 Kingfishers sped upstream and a Grey Wagtail fed around the Motorway bridge.
Two Marsh Tits and a Lesser Whitethroat were notable birds in the scrub around the pits.

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