Bank holiday binge

With Noah staying at his aunt and uncles Saturday to Sunday, it gave me an opportunity to put some hard hours in on the local sites. I decided, given the intermittent downpours on Saturday that Waders would be the target birds. I’d received news of a birdguides report – 2 Wood Sandpiper at Deeping Lakes. I headed straight there and within 5 minutes was looking at the pair through my scope. A couple of full summer plumage birds and boy were they dazzling in the light. Unfortunately my pictures were terrible so you’ll have to make do with a google image.

Wood Sandpiper – almost an exact replica of the birds I saw at Deeping Lakes this Saturday.

20 or so minutes later, a Hobby cruised overhead, my first of the year. The rest of the afternoon was unproductive so I retired home to get some much needed sleep before my 4:30am alarm went off for the froglife bird survey, Sunday morning.

The reason for my early awakening was to try and secure some owls. I haven’t seen a single owl since the turn of the year… quite staggering to me. The nightingale was singing in its usual corner of James’ Pond and as we pulled into the reserve, a trio of oystercatcher spiralled overhead.

As soon as we stepped out of the car, we were greeted by a symphony of warbler song, immediately picking out Grasshopper, Whitethroat and Sedge. We went on to see 10 different species of warbler in total today. As well as that, we saw at least 3 pairs of cuckoo and had a single bittern booming. All in all, a cracking survey! 64 species was our final number.

Warbler list:

  • Chiffchaff
  • Willow Warbler
  • Whitethroat
  • Lesser Whitethroat
  • Blackcap
  • Garden Warbler
  • Sedge Warbler
  • Reed Warbler
  • Cetti’s Warbler
  • Grasshopper Warbler

Garden Warbler – Singing proudly.

Whitethroat – there were countless numbers of these birds across the reserve today.

One of the 6 individual cuckoos we saw today.

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