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May 2013

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Little ringed plover wading in shallow water

The "Eyes" have it !

The trip to Woolston Eyes, always popular with the Group, did not disappoint. A Kingfisher flashed past on the Ship Canal so quickly that only one person saw it. We had gone primarily to see the breeding Black necked Grebes and came away with some lovely views. It is a pity the sun wasn't shining as that would add to the beauty of this bird but it was still magnificent in it's summer splendour. We had a unique experience of having a Little Ringed Plover standing next to a Ringed Plover giving everyone the chance of comparing the two plumages. Up to 3 Little Ringed Plover were seen with a Greenshank and a Snipe adding to the impressive wader list for the day. The feeders next to one of the hides provided excellent views of Great Spotted Woodpecker, Willow Tit, Bullfinch plus large numbers of Greenfinch and the commoner tits. Ducks included Shoveller, Pochard, Tufted Duck, and Gadwall, all in good numbers. The odd Little Grebe here and there caused some confusion (for some, but they never owned up!). Due to the wet cold (and windy)weather only a few hardy Blackcap and Chiffchaff were singing but we did manage to see Sedge and Reed Warbler together with Reed Buntings. Lots of Swallows, Sand and House Martin plus Swift flying around feeding on the insects above the pools / reeds. Our thanks must go to Brian Martin of the Woolston Eyes Conservation Group who came to our rescue when our key wouldn't open the locked gate - without him coming out to help we would probably still be there !!