Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Another migrant STONECHAT

This afternoon at WATER END MEADOWS, a female Yellowhammer (rather than the more frequently seen male) and a Grey Wagtail were drinking in the small spring by the Weyvale garden centre bridge. Not long after that, a male COMMON STONECHAT alighted on one of the clumps of bushes not much further downstream (record shot attached). I don't think he hung around though. When I walked back later from the footbridge, there was no sign of him. Both Grey Wagtails flew over, downstream, at that time. Common Buzzard, male Kestrel, plenty of male Reed Buntings with the occasional one singing, a number of noisy Pheasants(!) and a Red Fox were the other sights/sounds of note. There are at least 10 Moorhen in the private fishing pool up by the footbridge and at least 1 Coot is sitting on a nest. No sign of the Water Pipit today but that's not unusual. I didn't check up by the road bridge (Lucy Flower Birding).

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