Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Hanbury Hall & Upton Warren

Another NT visit on Saturday to Hanbury Hall, incidentally only a 10 minute drive from Upton Warren. We had a good circular walk at Hanbury around the large estate, dodging sheep and cows, but very little Bird life about, just a Buzzard and plenty of Butterflies, the gardens are fantastic and well worth a visit, the pond provided Moorhen and Mallard.

2 Points for every Moorhen you can find!

So after Hanbury, we decided to just pop over to Upton, just in case, well it has to be done!

We plumped for the Lapwing over at the Moor Pools, as you can imagine it was pretty quiet:
Mallard, the odd Tufted Duck, a roving Common Tern, Cormorants, 2 Grey Heron, Black Headed & Herring gull, Coots a plenty, Mute Swans (with 3 Cygnets), a solitary Lapwing, Sand Martin, Woodpigeons etc.

It was still very pleasant the sun was shining and the coffee was still hot!
We were scanning the pool and we noticed all the lenses sticking out from the first hide over the other side of the pool pointing in one place. There was a Kingfisher sitting on one of the sticks outside the hide, seemingly not going anywhere! So we had a few minutes before we had to be off (other things to do!) so we legged it over. Of course by the time we got there it had gone! We hung around longer than we should but it didn't come back, so we resolved that we would come back Sunday.

Well back we went, straight to the Kingfisher Hide, we though we would give it a couple of hours. Many thanks to Rob & Chris for being so friendly and helpful whilst we were there. The 2 hours went and I was thinking oh well at least we have added a Redshank to the list for the weekend, plus  Mink after the Moorhen chicks by the hide, but the parents saw him off, we should report that, then Chris Cook, shouted (quietly!) Kingfisher. He (the Kingfisher not Chris) gave us a 10 minute display fishing from the different branches. It doesn't get any better!  (Well the Sea Eagles up on Skye last year were pretty amazing, probably just behind that.)

A few snaps:

After mission completed, we popped around to the Flashes and went down to the Avocet hide, where we saw of course the Avocets, the Redshank that had departed from the Pool, a Little Ringed Plover and the Green Sandpipers:

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