Sunday, 23 May 2010
Summer invasion begins.......
09.15, hot and sunny.
Even with an early start Aldcliffe was awash with people, including those sun seekers who go to any lengths, such as invading Freeman’s Pools ignoring all the signs. It happens every year but still annoys the hell out of me. Despite this “home invasion” there were 14 Greylag, Lapwing, Oystercatcher and a Little Ringed Plover on the island. In the hedges were Whitethroat and a Reed Bunting while Swifts, Swallows and House Martins were feeding over the water. 4 Little Grebe are nesting along with Coot and Moorhen.
On the cycle track were Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat along with 2 Sedge Warblers. Joining the song were Dunnock, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Song Thrush as well as some snail smashing by the latter. Not seen any Bullfinch on recent visits.
Wildfowlers’ Pool was quiet with a pair of Shelduck, Moorhen, Coot and one or two Lapwing.
On the river saw 4 Eider, 1 Great Crested Grebe and a Common Tern. 18 Mute Swan were up river and still plenty of Shelduck to be seen.