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April 2013

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Wheatear in spring

The Oasis of Seaforth Nature Reserve

The nature reserve nestles in the complex of a large Container Dock at Seaforth. In fact the reserve is getting smaller an smaller each time we go - with huge warehouses and concrete lorry stands being built around it. Whist it was a sunny day the wind was raw making it necessary to find a sunny sheltered spot to bird watch from. Sadly the water temperature was so low that the insects which the Little Gulls feed on weren't hatching and as a result there weren't any Little Gulls !! We did get to see White Wagtail, Goldeneye, Shoveller, teal with about 30 Black-tailed Godwit loathing around on the waters edge. Swift and swallow fed on the insects over the lake and in the bushes Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff hopped about the branches. A few Wheatears put in an appearance as did 2 Sandwich Tern and a Common Tern. All in all a bit disappointing but that's birdwatching for you!