Thursday, 3 May 2012

New Wader Hotspot.

All this rain has at least been good for something.
The River Ouse at Sherington Bridge is one of my regular stop-offs when I'm working in Lathbury and occaisionally there will be something good to be seen like a Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail or Goosander. Quite often there are Otter footprints and spraints under the bridge.
 The flooding of this area has just recently produced an excellent habitat for wading birds.
A customary check yesterday afternoon came good with my first ever Buckinghamshire Grey Plover, three Sanderling and a Little-ringed Plover. Subsequent observers also noted a Common Sandpiper.
 This morning the waters had gone down somewhat and all the birds had unsurprisingly departed, a lone Lapwing being the only wader on site.
However a quick look in at lunchtime when last nights deluge had once again started to flood the area again produced the goods with a summer-plumaged Bar-tailed Godwit and a Ringed Plover.
 It's a shame this area can't stay like this permanently as 7 species of wader in a couple of days isn't a bad return.

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