Friday, 8 March 2013

Upton Warren Last Sunday!

Again another late post.

We went with Jo & Jimmy to Upton last Sunday, staying from about 3:30 until 6 in the hope the Bittern might show, but no luck! We started off at the Flashes, but the working party were just packing up and said that there was nothing there because of the work, so about turn and off to the Moors.
(Having said that counted at least 10 Great Crested Grebes on the Sailing Lake)

So went up to the Lapwing hide (A large flock of Fieldfare were in the field behind the Paddock on the way up) to start as the other objective of the afternoon was to see our first Avocet of the year and the mission was accomplished:

A single Snipe showed away to the left a bit different from our last visit when there were about 50 right in front of the hide. There were a few Oystercatchers about, this one came the closest:

Well what else did we see! Ducks a plenty, Shoveler, Tufted, Mallard, Gadwall,
Teal, Pochard and a single Shelduck. Also the usual Gulls, Lapwing and Cormorants. A Kestrel flew over heading over to the other hides, after which we thought we would head that way too!

From the new hide the feeders were pretty busy with Reed Bunting and Long-tailed Tits:

So the Bittern never showed, oh well, next time. All in all 34 species for the afternoon, with the Avocet the only one adding to the years tally.

Til next time

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