Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Draycote Water - Green Winged Teal

Male Wheatear

Red Necked Grebe

Green Winged Teal

Green Winged Teal with Teal

Great Crested Grebe

After yesterday's frustration of knowing Green Winged Teal (Lifer) was at Draycote and not being able to get out, I managed a window of opportunity this morning, arriving quite late for me at 1000. Would it still be there? I contemplated as I walked to Toft, missing Wheatear on the way but stopping to admire the Red Necked Grebe. and meeting Max on Farborough Spit. On arrival in Toft, I scanned the area, but no joy and no other birders either. I began to despair, when I spotted a Teal in the willows, could it be, scope on it and NO. A few minutes later another Teal appeared from the willows, this time ...................................YES! a lifer - Green Winged Teal. The bird was showing quite well but distant and appeared quite aggressive to the other Teal. The hide was soon full with Dave H, Richard D, and Max S arriving with others. I shall look forward to seeing the efforts of the big lenses later!
Time was not on my side, so I left them to try for Swallow and the Wheatear. Swallow must wait for another day but the Wheatear eventually showed on Farborough Bank near the sail club grave yard.

Not a bad morning with 45 species recorded. Back to work tomorrow and hopefully Swallow on my travels.

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