Thursday, 16 July 2009

Dabchicks dabble again

Although the first time I recorded breeding little grebes at Aldcliffe involved a very late pair (they were successful, incidentally) I was quite surprised to discover a pair nest-building this evening. Fingers crossed for something more successful than the two (at least) failed attempts so far this season.

The coot family were out and about and the female mallard with her brood of 4 were still doing the rounds.

A very noisy tit-flock came bouncing down the hedgerow by the cycle track containing some very recently fledged birds included 2 scruffy chiffchaff. Nearby a family party of whitethroat were actively feeding.

A little ringed plover and common sandpiper were on the upper pools.

3 green sandpiper were visible at the Wildfowlers' Pools plus 7 curlew there.

Approx 300 lapwing were feeding (with 120ish starling) in the field above the upper track - encouraging to see so many young birds amongst them.

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