Today I went to Moor Green Lakes. I got there just after 8:30 and got home at around 14:00. It was a long but enjoyable morning with quite a few species of bird being seen, including Green Sandpiper, Red Kite, fem Pintail and Snipe.
I walked to the feeders first to see what was about; there was not much. I then walked to the first hide to scan Colebrook Lake North as a female Pintail was reported on Thursday. I got into the hide and opened a window to find a Green Sandpiper on the scrape along with a Snipe and a male Shoveler. I managed to get some decent shots of all three.
After spending quite a while in the hide, I headed round to the New Workings as 2 Shelduck had been reported in the first hide and would be the first ones I had seen this year. I did manage distant views of them and after about 10 minutes they did an overhead circuit but my photos are not very good.
I then decided to walk to the second hide to see if any Water Rail were on show. Unfortunately none were. I did however, get good views of a male Reed Bunting, a few Goosander (drakes and females) and also a white-headed sub-species of Cormorant.
Back at the first hide, nothing much had changed apart from the arrival of approx 50 pairs of Wigeon so I went to the feeders to try and get some photos. There was lots around, including: Blue Tit. Great Tit, Long-Tailed Tit, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Reed Bunting, Greenfinch, Nuthatch, Blackbird and Wren. I managed to get some in-flight shots of Blue Tit, Greenfinch and Nuthatch.
The feeders at the car park showed up most of the above as well as a Coal Tit and a possible Brambling.
|My best shot of a Green Sandpiper|
|The closest male Shoveler I have ever had.|
|My record shot of a Snipe|
|My first sharp in-flight shot of a Blue Tit.|