Sunday morning went up to "Rids Patch" for a couple of hours before the football. Although windy it was really quiet pleasant. I was hoping to get some more patch ticks of the more common species (dunnock, greenfinch, yellowhammer etc) that I really should of seen so far but haven't!
As I was walking along north meadow down towards the scrape a green woodpecker rose from the grass in front of me, excellent a patch tick and I'd only been here 5 minutes. Further along north meadow there were plenty of whitethroats singing in the gorse bushes, I hung around for a few minutes but the little blighters wouldn't really show themselves for a photo, mind you I was always going to struggle for any half decent images as I only got my 35mm lens with me, my 500mm has still not been repaired yet.
I settled down at the edge of the scrap and my second patch tick of the day came in the form of a fly over goldfinch, my running tally is moving on nicely now and upto 46 different species.
On the scrape the little ringed plovers were seen again but I could only locate two of the usual four, I can only assume the two I couldn't locate must have been out the way somewhere sitting on eggs? Then from absolutely nowhere a grey wagtail landed right in front of me, it was so preoccupied with feeding on the fresh hatch of flies it didn't even notice me, oh yes a third new species tick of the day!
Then again from absolutely nowhere appeared a fox! Just as with the wagtail 5 minutes beforehand he didn't even notice me! He was walking along sniffing the ground as he went past, can only assume he was on the trial of some prey...........a rabbit maybe?
Once the fox had disappeared I again turned my attention to the scrap, still couldn't locate the little ringed plovers but what I did locate was a very handsome greenshank! I was really surprised, one of the last birds I would have thought to see here. It worked its way around the edge of the scrap getting nearer all the time, then unlike the wagtail and the fox it saw me! It bobbed characteristically a couple of times and then off it flew. I did managed this in flight image but again too far away for my smaller lens........doooohhhh!!!!
Greenshank in flight
All in all a very proactive couple of hours and plenty of birds about. Whilst on my walk I also saw 5 wheatears (all females) in snipe marsh but the 4 new patch ticks were the highlights......oh and not forgetting the fox!
And finally I must say hello to Maureen, apparently she is this blogs most avid reader..................... "HELLO MAUREEN"!!!!!