A flying visit (sorry about the pun) arrived around 7.10am went straight to the Sailing Club and while setting up Vern turned up along with Roger a few minutes later the morning was a cool but dry one with plenty of cloud about but no rain.
Not too much to report from the Sailing Pool the Wagtail Families (Pied & Grey) where still around along with a large flock of Tits (both Great & Blue) in the tree’s by the feeder in front of the Reception office.
As we were walking around towards the Flashes I was hoping to catch a Willow tit but to no avail but did manage to see a couple of Chaffinch and a Juvenile House sparrow.
On to the Flashes now and a Upton Lifer was awaiting me from the Avocet (tower) Hide a Female Redstart was visible to the right of the hide by the gate in the corner.
Also on the pool was a Ruff, Redshank, Green & Common sandpipers along with the usual suspects, checked the gulls out for a mega but nothing to report as only BHG & LBBG’S present today, while in the hide did manage to watch a pair of Buzzards flying low amongst the trees to the right of the hide heading towards the farm house but lost them behind the tree line.
While walking back to the sailing club in Swampy Corner just past the Hen Brook hide and over the bridge I managed to see Lesser whitethroat, Goldcrest, Willow warbler & Chiffchaff all in all a great morning on the Flashes (full list at the end of this blog).
Onto the Salwarpe walk through now and again this place was alive with both insects and birds, Insect wise many damsel’s and dragonflies around (unfortunately I am no good at naming them so will leave it to the experts).
Butterflies in this area were Peacock, Large white, Small white, Gatekeeper, Common blue & comma nothing mega to report on the butterfly front.
Onto the birds in this area now first to show was a flock of Long tailed tits then as I saw them Chiffchaff, Blackbird, House sparrow, Woodpigeon, Magpie, Wren, Blackcap, Dunnock, Robin, Greenfinch, Great spotted woodpecker, Mallard & Song thrush fly over’s in this area were Buzzard, Carrion crow, Canada goose, Greylag goose, BHG & Kestrel.
On to the Moors Pools now and I was quite surprised to see a Great crested Grebe sitting again on a nest to the left of the new hide down towards the tables for the other birds.
On the bird front not a lot to shout about all the usual suspects, after coming from the new hide a female sparrowhawk flew right down the path towards the north moors if anyone had been walking up the path then the bird would have hit them.
On to the North moors before I go to the west hide and this place is a little gold mine for the area as many beautiful aspects for both birds and insects my highlight for this area as to be without a doubt hearing a Spotted Flycatcher right in the corner of the north moors but unfortunately after waiting around for about 15/20 minutes I still didn’t see it. Just before leaving the North Moors as the path begins to take the downward turn onto the causeway there was a young Treecreeper only got a couple of glimpses of it but was a a young bird and definitely a tree creeper.
SPECIES SEEN TODAY –
SAILING POOL –
Pied wagtail, Mallard Blue tit, Great tit, Goldfinch, Common tern, Swallow, Dunnock, Black headed gull, Woodpigeon, Blackbird, Lesser black backed gull, Great crested grebe, Grey wagtail, Chaffinch, House sparrow, Carrion crow & Robin
FLASHES POOLS –
Chiffchaff, Blue tit, Woodpigeon, Black headed gull, Lapwing, Common sandpiper, Mallard, Ruff, Green sandpiper, Pied wagtail, Stock dove, Buzzard, Carrion crow (46), Grey heron, Starling, Jackdaw (29), Coot, Moorhen, Redshank, Canada goose, Lesser black backed gull, Teal (1), Magpie, Goldfinch, Linnet, Wren, Whitethroat, Dunnock, Willow warbler, Redstart, Swallow, Lesser whitethroat, Reed warbler, Collared dove, Goldcrest, Greenfinch & Peregrine falcon
MOORS POOLS (including Salwarpe & North Moors) -
Chiffchaff, Blackbird, House sparrow, Woodpigeon, Magpie, Wren, Blackcap, Dunnock, Robin, Greenfinch, Great spotted woodpecker, Mallard, Song thrush, Buzzard, Carrion crow, Canada goose, Greylag goose, Coot, Reed bunting, Willow warbler, Bullfinch, Cormorant (4), Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk, Swallow, Grey heron, Common tern, Black headed gull, Tufted duck, Lesser black backed gull, Chaffinch, Song thrush, Reed warbler, Treecreeper, Spotted flycatcher (h), Sand martin, Great crested grebe, Mute swan, Little grebe, Stock dove & Lapwing