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Thursday, 16 June 2011

Draycote Water

I'm being very good and "economical" with another local birding trip to Draycote Water. This time of year is quiet but today was VERY quiet! The largest numbers and probably most spectacular of the birds were the hirundines with Swallows, House Martins and Sand Martins competing noisily with the Swifts. Toft Bay held a solitary drake Pochard in with the Tufted Ducks and an adult Yellow Legged Gull flew out of the shallows towards the sailing club. The fields below farborough bank held numerous gulls with mainly Lesser Black Backed and Black Headed, but a couple of Herring and Common. The wooded area in toft shallows contained the expected warblers but also a family group of five Treecreepers. Three noisy Common Terns were off the sailing club for a time. The only wader on site was a single Little Ringed Plover.

Drake Pochard with Tufted Ducks in Toft Bay

Canada Goose Gosling


Little Ringed Plover

The noisiest "bird" of the day!

Todays Sightings:

Rook; Wood Pigeon; Jackdaw; Carrion Crow; Song Thrush; Tufted Duck; Robin; Magpie; Chiffchaff; Chaffinch; Pied Wagtail; Blackbird; Great Tit; Goldfinch; Dunnock; Swift; House Martin; Mallard; Coot; Common Tern; Willow Warbler; Mute Swan; Great Crested Grebe; Starling; LBB Gull; Black Headed Gull; Common Gull; Herring Gull; Canada Goose; Reed Bunting; Grey Heron; Cormorant; Swallow; Wren; Kestrel; Pochard; Blue Tit; Moorhen; Yellow Legged Gull; Blackcap; Whitethroat; Treecreeper; Long Tailed Tit; Green Woodpecker; Greenfinch; Skylark; Sand Martin; Buzzard; Pheasant; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Garden Warbler; Little Ringed Plover.


ShySongbird said...

Hi Kevin, I haven't been able to get over there lately so it is good to see what is going on. Lovely photo of the gosling and the LRP, such a pretty little bird I always think. Great Coot captures too.

I loved the photos of the Kingfisher and Jay on the earlier Brandon post. Frustratingly, I haven't seen either bird for years!

Kevin Groocock said...

Cheers, Jan. I think Brandon has more to offer at the moment. Draycote is rather boring and it is difficult to find anything to point the camera at! Roll on winter when the wildfowl numbers increase!