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Friday, 23 July 2010

Draycote Water



Egyptian Goose


An early morning visit to Draycote Water, arriving and parking in Thurlaston at 0615, hoping for something good, but again being disappointed, with the exception of a Black Tailed Godwit, briefly, in Toft Shallows. The Godwit was seen by myself and Frances F before taking flight. Bob H was diligently searching the area so I hope it is relocated. An adult Yellow Legged Gull hogged a buoy off Draycote Bank with an adult Grey Wagtail flitting along the shoreline. Two Little Egret's graced the Biggin Bay area and six Common Sandpiper's were seen around the perimeter. I managed to catch up with the long staying Egyptian Goose in Toft (a bird which has eluded me on previous visits!). Sightings list at end of post.



OK don't laugh! My first attempt at "phonescoping"! Record shot of Black Tailed Godwit. (and if I knew it was about to take flight I would have used my DSLR, but it was rather distant!)

Fish Breakfast - Carrion Crow

Pied Wagtail

Pied Wagtail

Egyptian Goose

Common Sandpiper

Common Sandpiper

Whitethroat

Whitethroat


(As always, more images on my website - see link opposite)



Todays Sightings (0615 - 1030):

Swallow; Blackbird; Wood Pigeon; House Sparrow; Starling; House Martin; Jackdaw; Carrion Crow; Green Woodpecker; Goldfinch; Magpie; Wren; Mallard; Chaffinch; Rook; Canada Goose; Cormorant; Tufted Duck; Blue Tit; Coot; Black Headed Gull; Greenfinch; Great Crested Grebe; Moorhen; LBB Gull; Dabchick; Mute Swan; Great Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Dunnock; Song Thrush; Blackcap; Grey Heron; Yellow Legged Gull; Pied Wagtail; Grey Wagtail; Stock Dove; Willow Warbler; Whitethroat; Common Sandpiper; Skylark; Yellowhammer; Lapwing; Robin; Little Egret; Black Tailed Godwit; Kestrel; Swift; Egyptian Goose.

2 comments:

Max Silverman said...

I was at Brandon when I got your text re. the BT Godwit.As it happened there was one there as well plus a Little Egret.

Kevin Groocock said...

Hi Max - at first I thought the Blackwit at Draycote might have been the Brandon bird but obviously not. The Egrets at Draycote were also distant - only visible from the far banks. I think you got a better deal!