Saturday, 7 May 2016

Wildlife Trust Summer Leys :: 07 May 2016

This was my first visit to the Wildlife Trust's Summer Leys Nature Reserve. SpoonbillFound it easily after an early start. I was surprised by the number of cars already in the car park but on talking to a guy unpacking from his car, four spoonbills has been reported earlier in the morning. Fortunately I got to see these from the main/closest hide before they took off at around 8.30am. I stayed in the hide for a good while and picked up three grey plover (one male summer plumage), wood sandpiper, ruff (one male summer plumage), redshank and a ringed plover. @987jonty had obviously picked up the reported spoonbill sighting as he also appeared apparently seeing the spoonbills leave from the carpark.

Onto the reserve and again many warblers in attendance - Blackcaplots of blackcap and garden warblers but also numbers of sedge. At one point the path was diverted to protect an area where sand martins are nesting - they were hunting overhead around this area.

A good visit which takes the year total to 121.

Today's sightings (46) included: grey plover, ruff, wood sandpiper, black-headed gull, common tern, mute swan, spoonbill, redshank, tufted duck, shelduck, coot, greylag goose, mallard, oystercatcher, great-crested grebe, teal, grey heron, moorhen, shoveler, cormorant, gadwall, carrion crow, woodpigeon, rook, ringed plover, reed bunting, jackdaw, garden warbler, chaffinch, robin, chiffchaff, magpie, bullfinch, wren, blackbird, goldfinch, great tit, blackcap, greenfinch, blue tit, long-tailed tit, sedge warbler, sand martin, swift, dunnock and buzzard.

Wood sandpiperGrey plover

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