Stopped by the pond on my way to the reserve this afternoon, to be greeted by, well nothing much, all hiding in the bushes....

Over on the flooded field however, 2 Teal and 2 Black-tailed Godwits.

A look at the flood from the reserve a few minutes later showed no Godwits, but a Ruff! Quite a few House Martins around the fields.

A further look in on Wrafton Pond revealed ALL the ducks now out on the water, including the Tufted Duck and one Gadwall. Around 150 Mallard/Mallard hybrids.

Still 7 cygnets with the adult male - whose ring I finally read a few weeks ago, and it was indeed ringed locally - by the RSPCA in 2008, so I assume it was picked up as an injured or sick bird, rehabilitated, ringed and released locally.

2 Dippers in the river.


Posted September 12th, 2012 at 4:07 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding