Another first for me, despite my repeated failed attempts to see the pair that was around the Parish last autumn, this species has continued to elude me for many a moon. However, all that was about to change. Today as Dan and I were scanning the sky for Osprey and the Pools for LRP, a lot can happen in a couple of hours, and as Dan scoped the pools once again, I heard “yes” and a pair of Garganey had dropped in on the main pool, making a great sight, the male was striking to say the least. Only the day before Dan had mentioned to lookout for this species. 5 Snipe also dropped in, and Little Grebe’s were calling.
2 Peregrine and Raven were also busy at Aldcliffe today, along with Goldfinch, Reed Bunting, Skylark, Meadow Pipits and Linnets.
The garganey pair were still present 4.45pm-5.10pm at least.