Sunday, 20 May 2018

Wildlife BCN Summer Leys :: 20 May 2018

Another weekend, and another trip to see if I can find garganey. One reported yesterday on Gull Island at Wildlife BCN Summer Leys. A late start but on-site by 10.30am. As I got out of the car Ricky Sinfield was passing, heading towards his car - I had a quick chat to introduce myself and comment on the photos he has been posting on the Facebook Page.

Nothing unusual from the Rotary and Pioneer hides so a circuit would be required - a distant reed warbler flew across as we looked out of the windows. BullfinchFrom the Paul Britten hide we had good views of little egret, common tern, and some protection of territory by a moorhen. The grey heron flew over some of the nesting bird and young out on the water - as it closed in on a quick snack, the adults mobbed the heron and it was pushed on and away. A couple of stock dove flew over.

Good views of bullfinch at the Charles Tower Hide / feeding station. Few other birds visited, just woodpigeon, blue and great tits.

By Marigold Pond I saw some more reed warbler and a beautiful four-spotted chaser. Four-spotted chaserLots of gulls and crows up in the sky but no obvious hobby so the little guy may stay safe!

Back at the Pioneer Hide, Ricky had returned and was watching out across to the Paul Britten Hide. He saw a hobby high overhead but it was out of view before I got there. Out on the water the grey heron stalked across and eventually struck to catch his lunch. Looked like a tench to me.

Another enjoyable visit, again without seeing any garganey - I expect it will be back across at Stanwick Lakes ... Grey heron

Sightings today (36) included: black-headed gull, blackbird, blue tit, bullfinch, buzzard, canada goose, carrion crow, chaffinch, chiffchaff, common tern, coot, cormorant, gadwall, garden warbler, goldfinch, great crested grebe, great tit, grey heron, greylag goose, jackdaw, lapwing, little egret, little ringed plover, long-tailed tit, mallard, moorhen, mute swan, red kite, reed bunting, reed warbler, robin, sedge warbler, stock dove, tufted duck, whitethroat and woodpigeon.

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