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Saturday, 27 May 2017

Sedge warbler perched on phragmites

The "Eyes" have it !

Always a popular trip, our visit to Woolston Eyes did not disappoint. As we crossed the bridge into the reserve we were met with the sound of Whitethroat, Blackcap and Willow Warbler singing. We could hear them clearly, although seeing them proved a more difficult feat. There was quite a breeze which meant that most birds stayed well inside cover to keep out of the wind. As we too sought shelter in the main hide, we had great views of the bird we all had come to see .... the beautiful Black necked Grebes that breed on this site. A surprise find was up to 3 male Ruddy Duck, which played hide and seek with us in the reeds at the back of the lagoon. Plenty of Pochard and Tufted Duck were present plus good numbers of Great crested and Little Grebe. Reed and Sedge Warbler plus Reed Bunting sang in the reeds around the hide and a couple of male Bullfinch came into the feeders. Some were lucky enough to see a Willow Tit come into the feeder .... always a lovely bird to see. As we passed over the bridge to leave the reserve, a single Grey Wagtail was seen feeding close to the water. Our thanks go to the members of the WECG, and particularly Brian Martin, for making us all feel so welcome.