Ruff (c) 2008 Philip Hargreaves
All pictures for this remainder of this post are (c) 2008 Maurice Gordon
Green Sandpiper - thanks Bob!
The biggest surprise was the length of the journey – it only took me 70 mins - I was expecting a journey of closer to 2 hours. The highlight today was probably the Ruff, which gave the closest views we’ve ever had of this species during the classes. It was a “lifer” for some there today. It was good to see the Whooper Swan, but it didn't stay long! However, for spectacle the Kingfisher took some beating, speeding here & there & hovering several times whilst looking for food. There were about 15 Golden Plover, which looked excellent in the morning sunshine. Also present: Green Sandpiper (thanks Bob), Long-tailed Tit, Siskin, Goldfinch, Wigeon, female Goldeneye, Shoveler, Snipe, Teal and a flock of c15 Linnet. As I was leaving a Redpoll flew over the car park. This seemed to be a popular venue, and may be added to the permanent Autumn schedule for next year!