After the yellow wag departed all went quiet for a while with no near birds to get images of so it was out with the binoculars to start notching up other more common species. Up above were five buzzards soaring on the thermals, a kestrel was looking out for voles perched on some power lines and a sparrowhawk flew low over the pools causing havoc with the lapwings. My good fortune was in as one of the lapwings landed in front of me and started to have a bath.
A distant crow was hanging around menacingly.
Then the birds I really came to see put in an appearance, the little ringed plovers.
The main area here has a large shallow pool with muddy scrapes and a shingle and stoney shoreline, further on from this a marshy area a couple of reed beds and a huge sand bank. Then you can add the surrounding deeper pools, meadows, hedgerows, small spinneys and a stream. Sounds good hey........you bet it is, you have obviously realised by now the area absolutely oozes potential !!
My bird tally for the 3 hours I was there was 33 and as follows;
Curlew, Oyster Catcher, Yellow Wagtail, Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Linnet, Crow, Canadian Geese (nesting and on eggs), Great Spotted Woodpecker, Pied Wagtail, Little Grebe, Lapwing, Great Tit, Blackcap (male), Chiffchaff, Blue Tit, Moorhen, Coot, Little Ringed Plover, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Grey Partridge, Sand Martin, Swallow, Willow Warbler, Chaffinch, Snipe, Mallard, Jay (heard only), Tufted Duck, Barn Owl (last week) and a pair of Willow Tits that were pecking out their nest cavity in a rotten tree.
At this rate shouldn't be too long before my target of 75 is achieved!!!