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Thursday, 4 August 2011

Draycote Water this Evening

What an awful day! Finishing a night shift, I spent the morning in bed, waking to a rather horrid rainy day! A respite this evening saw me on Farborough Bank but looking into the sunshine. The Red Breasted Merganser was soon located off Farborough Bank, diving and feeding well, but unfortunately, it did not come in very close. Farborough spit held three Dunlin and three Little Ringed Plovers. An adult Yellow Legged Gull flew towards the fishing lodge. Best bird of the evening was a Wood Sandpiper that flew onto the spit just as I was about to head home. Of course, I had to stay a little longer, almost wishing I was not looking into the evening sunshine. This was my first Wood Sandpiper at Draycote, a bird of note at any local water. Really disappointed that it was seen earlier in the day but NO news put out..................until 1900 when I was on the bird!

Red Breasted Merganser






Wood Sandpiper











Todays Sightings:

Wood Pigeon; Carrion Crow; Magpie; Goldfinch; Blackbird; Mallard; Coot; Moorhen; Great Crested Grebe; LBB Gull; Black Headed Gull; Cormorant; House Martin; Swift; Pied Wagtail; Yellow Wagtail; Dunlin; Little Ringed Plover; Red Breasted Merganser; Tufted Duck; Chaffinch; House Sparrow; Starling; Rook; Green Woodpecker; Long Tailed Tit; Chiffchaff; Bullfinch; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Teal; Jackdaw; Yellow Legged Gull; Mute Swan; Canada Goose; GBB Gull; Dabchick; Wood Sandpiper; Swallow; Wren; Greenfinch; Collared Dove.

4 comments:

John said...

Hi Kevin,
Nice shots of the Wood Sand there! A bird I have yet to see close enough to digiscope, hope springs eternal!
J
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Kevin Groocock said...

Cheers John - loads turning up in this area! Every water seems to have one!

Max Silverman said...

Excellent sots of the WS Kevin.I went early on Friday morning but could not find it and the RBM was way out on the pond for me.

Kevin Groocock said...

Cheers, Max. I could not locate anything exciting this morning. I even got there before gates open so no disturbance. The RBM may have moved around the water or flown.