Thursday, 16 June 2011

Wood You Believe it?

The original venue was changed because of a bad weather forecast, and because all the wildlife there had packed up early for the summer, and won't be seen again until late April next year! At our most traditional standby location we saw at least 51 species, and heard at least another 3 more. The most 'exciting' bird was very hard to identify at first as it was a mere silhouette against the sun, but I decided upon a Wood Sandpiper. Sure enough in the afternoon after dodging several showers it was easier to identify as it had moved to a completely different area, and the sun was behind us. Other birds seen or heard: Avocet, Little Ringed Plover, Cuckoo (1st one I've heard here, I think), Shoveler, Pochard, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Tree & House Sparrows, Buzzard and Oystercatchers. Insects included: Small Tortoiseshell, Blue-tailed & Azure Damselflies, Scorpion-flies and plenty of others.

Record shot of Wood Sandpiper

Wood sandpiper (c) 2011 Margaret Richardson Lapwing (c) 2011 Margaret Richardson

Great Crested Grebe [above] (c) 2011 Vince Cowell
Great Crested Grebe [below] (c) 2011 Margaret Richardson

Reed Bunting (c) 2011 Vince Cowell

Gadwall & Chicks

Gadwall Ducklings (c) 2011 Vince Cowell

Common Tern (c) 2011 Vince Cowell

Black-headed Gull (c) 2011 Vince Cowell

Insect (c) 2011 Vince Cowell

Poppy (c) 2011 Vince Cowell


Song Thrush


Avocet Chick (c) 2011 Margaret Richardson

Little Grebe [above] (c) 2011 Margaret Richardson

Willow Warbler [below] (c) 2011 Margaret Richardson

Coots - just about to hatch! (c) 2011 Margaret Richardson

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