Saturday, 21 June 2008

Friday Night and Saturday Morning

Friday eve.
A quick blast round after work revealed a few of things of note.
2 adult LRPs were flying around Freeman's Pools.
A coot pair had 3 newly hatched chicks here too, a breeding first for this relatively new site.
The oystercatcher pair have vacated the gravel island and there was no sign of the 3 young birds - will they pick up and carry young? Or have the nippers simply snuffed it in that horrible wet weather a couple of days ago?
Just 1 tufted duck present plus the drake shoveler.

Saturday morning
Just about avoided the rain...
c.50 swifts were feeding over Freeman's Wood.
The lone LRP chick, and both adults were seen at Freeman's Pools this morning. Still no sign of the little oiks. First sand martin here for a few weeks. Single tufted duck and drake shoveler.
A little owl was by the Wildfowlers' Pools.
A lesser whitethroat was singing in the hedgerow along the seawall path.
The mute swan pair have had a rotten time of it - after abandoning (for whatever reason) the first nest at Darter Pool they eventually hatched just one cygnet at Heron Pool and have now relocated, completely youngsterless, to Frog Pond.
A handsome toad (above) was encountered along the cycle track.

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