So as promised in an earlier post we went back to Upton, although it took us longer than expected with weather, decorating and a few other things getting in the way.
Our main objective was to see the Redshank chicks at the Flashes and the mission was accomplished with one in particular being quite bold and showing well,
The two reported Egyptian Geese at the Sailing Pool were also quite accommodating,
It was nice to see the Avocets doing so well, with the youngsters really growing fast and now totally independent, although we didn't count them there are a reported 25 juveniles almost ready to depart.
We decided to pop over to the Moors Pools to finish off the afternoon in the vain hope of Otters or Kingfisher, as usual neither showed for us this time out. Tina did catch a glimpse of a Water Rail, which I missed taking some poor photos of a Little Grebe family, I just couldn't get the light right with the shine on the water,
So here are a few pics, I wish they had been closer but then a photographer is never satisfied!
We had the pleasure of a Tufted Duck creche sail by, a single adult female with circa 30 chicks in tow, I was surprised that the Lesser Black-backed and Herring Gulls nearby ignored them, especially with a few of the chicks wandering off from the main group, they would have made a nice snack for a Gull.
A few of the 30.
With chicks to feed the Common Terns were busy fishing and occasionally came close enough for us to have a better look,
A shy Great Tit,
So a lovely peaceful afternoon at the Warren, there weren't many other birders about, that can be really nice sometimes, just to sit and enjoy with no other distractions. We stayed about three and a half hours and totalled 42 species, not a huge number but really enjoyable.