Friday, 23 May 2014

A Special Day Despite the Weather!

Yesterday we had our only visit to Swine Moor this year.  The morning didn't promise well with everyone driving through heavy rain.  However, those who did persevere were rewarded in spades.  The hours spent agonising over the weather forecast paid off.  Luckily, the rain began to ease, and after the first 15 minutes it ceased altogether.  
Pectoral Sandpiper
The walk along the river bank produced plenty of Hirundines and Swifts, Reed Warblers, Sedge Warblers and Pied Wagtails feeding their chicks.  A Meadow Pipit was also present after lunch.  However, it was the action on the pools which was most interesting.  The first real find was a pair of Garganey, and then we saw another independent drake.  The final pool produced 2 Greenshank, a Redshank and what appeared to be 2 Ruff, but they were very distant in the gloom.  In the afternoon one of these was much closer, and working on the photos revealed it was a Pectoral Sandpiper - a vagrant from America.  Also in the afternoon were 14 Black-tailed Godwits, some of them quite colourful - these had been completely absent in the morning.  Although the weather looked quite threatening at times in the afternoon, we luckily stayed completely dry, and we saw some excellent birds as a result.
 Black-tailed Godwits (foreground)
 Black-tailed Godwits
 Record Shot of Greenshank
 Sedge Warbler
 House Martin
 Pied Wagtail (male)
 Pied Wagtail (female)
 Reed Bunting
 Togetherness is being.......a Dung-fly
 Phil G's Best Friend!

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