My second day off in a row and my second soaking! Still, if you don't go out you might miss something special. Today, I just got wet! I walked to Farborough Spit but the only birds of note were the juvenile Shag on the small island and three Dunlin on the spit. Through the gloom, I only managed images of one of my favourite ducks, the Goldeneye.
Not really as interesting as the title suggests! On my way back from Napton Reservoir, I called in at Draycote and walked to Farborough Spit. Meeting up with Bob H and Richard M, they soon had me onto a Shag, distant, and between the two islands.
These two should have gone to Specsavers - obviously not seeing the many No Dogs Allowed signs! Or maybe they thought the sign only applied to other people's dogs?
I was tempted to head to Eyebrook Reservoir in search of the drake Green Winged Teal, but instead, decided to stay local and visit Napton Reservoir. The day was mild, sunny and "spring like"! Napton held all the expected birds plus c7 Common Snipe. Having scanned the water, with nothing too exciting, I decided to concentrate on some of the common species. A day list can be found at the end of this post.
The Graceful Mute Swan
Here come the Gulls!
Black Headed Gull
Mallard in Flight
Mute Swan; Great Crested Grebe; Mallard; Tufted Duck; Kestrel; Wigeon; Dabchick; Coot; Moorhen; Black Headed Gull; Wood Pigeon; Green Woodpecker; Common Gull; Canada Goose; Skylark; Pochard; Pied Wagtail; LBB Gull; Gadwall; Dunnock; Wren; Snipe; Blue Tit; Blackbird; Teal; Shoveler; Starling; Collared Dove; Redwing; Robin; Great Tit; Fieldfare; House Sparrow; Chaffinch; Goldfinch; Magpie; Rook; Greenfinch; Jackdaw; Carrion Crow; Bullfinch.
My target bird today was the Green Winged Teal at Eyebrook Reservoir, which unfortunately had other ideas and despite several hours searching, eluded my efforts!
The best birding experience was a Peregrine that took a fancy to a Lapwing. The Lapwing, in flight, escaped the Peregrine, but the pair gave an aerial display lasting several minutes that fighter pilots would have been proud of!
Eyebrook at the moment is a great place for waterbirds with large numbers of Pintail, the WhooperSwan, and at least eight White Fronted Geese. It was great just scanning the waterfowl, in the hope of something special!
Waders included six Ruff, five Dunlin and a Green Sandpiper.
Overhead, Buzzard, Peregrine, Kestrel, Red Kite and Raven.
It was a great day bird watching but was not a good day for photography! Unfortunately, you cannot get close to the birds, but with low water, you are even further away!
White Fronted Geese
Red Kite; Mute Swan; Wigeon; Cormorant; Mallard; Teal; Tufted Duck; Rook; Great Crested Grebe; Canada Goose; Magpie; Grey Lag Goose; Whooper Swan; Gadwall; Jackdaw; Goldeneye; Peregrine; Grey Heron; Pheasant; Pochard; Coot; Ruff; White Fronted Goose; Shoveler; Lapwing; Dunlin; Herring Gull; Black Headed Gull; Pintail; Carrion Crow; LBB Gull; Green Woodpecker; Green Sandpiper; Dunnock; Wren; Buzzard; Kestrel; Pied Wagtail; Red Legged Partridge; Common Gull; Wood Pigeon; Moorhen; Fieldfare; Robin; Long Tailed Tit; Blue Tit; Blackbird; Redwing; Raven; Starling; House Sparrow; Great Tit; Bullfinch; Chaffinch; Goldfinch; Linnet.