Reports of four Black Necked Grebes yesterday at Draycote Water enticed me to go searching after my night shift ended at 0700 this morning. I parked at Thurlaston and walked to the end of Farborough Bank and back, part way in the company of Dave Hutton. Large flocks of Hirundines included good numbers of Sand Martins, Swallows and my first House Martin of the year. A single male Yellow Wagtail teased along Farborough Bank enabling me to eventually obtain some record shots. A sub-adult Little Gull was spotted out near the diminishing island which held a single Ruff. The hedgerows were alive to the sights and sounds of Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Blackcaps. Toft shallows held a male Goosander with the expected waterfowl. Feeling rather tired I called it a day, leaving Dave to continue on a full reservoir circuit.
Todays Sightings (year ticks in red):
Mallard; Mute Swan; Coot; Teal; Great Crested Grebe; Lapwing; Black Headed gull; Pheasant; Tufted Duck; Cormorant; LBB Gull; Herring Gull; Grey Heron; Wigeon; Wood Pigeon; Green Woodpecker; Buzzard; Moorhen; Common Gull; Canada Goose; Skylark; Little Gull; Swallow; Sand Martin; Gadwall; Shoveler; Pied Wagtail; Dunnock; Kestrel; Ruff; Blackbird; Collared Dove; House Martin; Goosander; Chiffchaff; Blackcap; GBB Gull; Meadow Pipit; Yellow Wagtail; Wren; Blue Tit; Song Thrush; Robin; Magpie; Jackdaw; Willow Warbler; House Sparrow; Rook; Great tit; Starling; Carrion Crow; Chaffinch; Goldfinch; Linnet; Reed Bunting; Greenfinch.