An unusual pair of visitors to Aldcliffe, 2 Rooks, they were flying along the tidal bank.
Freeman’s Pool quiet, Coot, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Mallard.
Sparrowhawk in dead trees.
Chiffchaff in wood,
Buzzard flying over.
Darter Pool saw Coot 1 and Moorhen 1
Grey Heron 1
Green Sandpiper 3
Reed Bunting, Chaffinch, Greenfinch a good number in area 8+.
Long-tailed Tit 7/8
Blue and Great Tit
Willow Warbler 1, Whitethroat 1, Greenfinch 3, Reed Bunting 2 in hedge’s.
Plenty of Swallows still in area. Also today quite a number of butterflies about, including 2 Red Admirals. Plus a number of Dragon Flies and Common Darters.
My post-work jaunt wasn't half as productive as Steve's, somewhat predictably.
Freeman's Pools was as could be expected until, that is, a tractor and mower turned up and started cutting some overgrown areas around the main pool. Most birds seemed alert but generally tolerant of the noisy site management, apart from the 5 snipe and teal which revealed themselves in panic.
A coot was with 2 moorhen on Darter Pool and 2 mute swan were on Frog Pond.
A kingfisher was at Wildfowlers' Pools - a pair of teal were the only other birds of interest present.
A little egret briefly popped its head out of a creek on the marsh but it was otherwise quiet there.
I bumped into Ray Hobbs who mentioned, amongst other things, that he'd seen the adult winter Med gull at Gull Bank a couple of days ago.
He also, like me, thinks that Bat For Lashes should really have won the Mercury.