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September 2014

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Hobby chasing dragonflies

Venus Pools Shropshire

The first trip of the autumn took us to the beautiful Venus Pools in Shropshire. A lovely little reserve with a good range of habitats which results in a good variety of birds. The two main hides produced some of the closest views of Greenshank; Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper and Black tailed Godwit we had ever had. It's amazing how beautiful these birds look up close. Kingfishers also made numerous if somewhat brief visits to teh pools Plenty of duck around but they were in their 'drab' eclipse plumages making them harder to identify but Teal, Shoveller and Wigeon could be readily identified. Plenty of Grey Herons too, mostly fishing in the pools. Not that many small birds around (its too early for the large winter flocks of finches etc..) but we did see Jay, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Reed Bunting, Goldfinch, Chaffinch together with a variety of tits plus Nuthatch at the 'feeder' hide. 2 Hobby made a brief and distant appearance flying south of the reserve but our hope that they would come to the pools to hunt the dragonfly never materialised. Some of the group ventured to the far hide and were rewarded for their efforts by seeing a Treecreeper, Goldcrest and Chiffchaff. All in all a fabulous morning was spent at this delightful reserve.