Thursday, 24 November 2016

A wintering GREENSHANK

At TRING RESERVOIRS, we seem to have a wintering COMMON GREENSHANK, as the bird was still present today feeding in the vicinity of the inlet channel at the far SW corner of WILSTONE RESERVOIR. Not much else to shout about I am afraid, up to 250 Lapwing, just 127 EUROPEAN GOLDEN PLOVER, the 3 Common Goldeneye again (two adult drakes) and the 4 PINTAIL

Had some great fun with Johnny Lynch at GROVEBURY SAND PIT in BEDFORDSHIRE, where the juvenile GREAT NORTHERN DIVER he espied yesterday afternoon was still present and afforded the two of us a fabulous swim past - see my photographic efforts below. Did a full inventory of the site whilst I was there with 22 Great Crested Grebe logged, Grey Heron, 18 Cormorant, 99 Atlantic Canada Geese, 12 Mallard, 8 Common Teal, 28 Wigeon, 66 Tufted Duck, 39 Northern Pochard, 6 Moorhen, 202 Coot, 4 Lapwing, 2 PEREGRINES (male & female), 22 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and an adult Great Black-backed Gull.

I later joined Jim Gurney at ARLESEY BLUE LAGOON mid-afternoon where the two wandering juvenile VELVET SCOTER, miraculously located the following morning after departing Gypsy Lane West by the location's regular checker Andy Grimsey, were showing well, diving frequently on the far side of the boating lake.

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