Saturday, 24 May 2008

Stints return

Nothing out of the ordinary in Freeman's Wood this morning and even Freeman's Pools were back to their normal almost bird-free selves - ie no avocets and just 1 LR plover.
However, I was delighted to discover at 7am that what were presumably the same 2 Temminck's stints from there yesterday were on the Wildfowlers' Pools and, with patience, good views could be had from the cycle track. Equally, they would be visible from the seawall when feeding on the 'eastern' side of the pools. Apologies for the crappy pics: hand-held camera up to the eyepiece of scope...
This is the second/third occurrence of Temminck's stint at this pool - the first being on 25th June 2004.
A pair of shoveler were on Frog Pond.

UPDATE: The stints were apparently seen throughout the day by visiting local birders. I nipped down for a quick look late afternoon and bumped into Mark Prestwood who was just arriving at the gate. There was no sign of any stints until one flew up from the far end of the pool calling, passing in front of us and heading off in the direction of Railway Crossing Lane at 5.45pm. I checked the Flood in case it had gone onto there, it hadn't (although a LR plover was present).
Another LRP was at the Wildfowlers' Pools but no stints were forthcoming.

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