Tuesday, 3 May 2016

A great start for May

Monday 2nd May, I set off to my other patch at Lytchett Field as there were some Whimbrel and Bar - tailed Godwits reported out in the bay and the fields.
I made my way down the lane with Great Tits, Blue Tits call a Singing Song Thrush with Robin song and Goldfinch calls in the back ground. On the way down I am always looking at the hedges to see to what I can find and to my surprise I found my first Goldfinch nest with a bird sitting in the nest I was viewing the nest through the binoculars  as it was high up so I left her in peace and moved on quietly listening to Wrens singing and the chattering of Great and Blue Tits again.
Arriving at the view points, the pools looked pretty empty with just some Shelduck about, but when I  a scanned about with the bins and telescope it was a different matter with Teal, Gadwall, some Black-tailed Godwits and there it was a Bar- tailed Godwit in its breeding plumage a lovely brick red all the way down it front chest and along the belly area. Then suddenly a movement caught my eye so swinging the scope round to the area I thought a bird had landed and there was a lovely pristine Yellow Wagtail . While there Swallows and House Martins were hawking all over the place so I started watching these with the hope of picking up a Swift or Sand Martin, no swifts among them but I did pick up a Sand Martin So that was three new birds so far for the morning.
After spending some time at the view points I made my way to the bay to see if I could find a Whimbrel. On reaching the black pipe I could not believe my luck right in front of me was a Whimbrel but the bird was heading out in to the bay but I had a good view through the scope.
Scanning round the bay I picked up a large flock of Dunlin of c200 in breeding plumage these had been reported earlier in the day.  But I stll went through them taking in the plumage detail when I spotted 8 Ringed Plover and a small bird that stuck out like a soar thumb it had bright snow white under pars black legs and a black & white frosty upper parts  a winter plumaged Sandling I put a twit out on Twitter  and luckly another bird was just a bit further up the bank managed to get on to the bird. This was the third ever recording ogf this species for the sight and to round of the day Shaun pointed out a Grey Plover, so a great end to a great start in May at Lytchett.
These new birds brought the species list up to 94 and finally I have got past the 100 point score with a 106.
Bar-tailed Godwit
Yellow Wagtail
Sand Martin
Grey Plover

Whimbrel through the gloom

Dis carded Blackbirds egg

1 comment:

  1. Wow. Just wow. I need to visit this place. I don't even know where it is!