It was dry when I arrived at the reserve however by the time I’d got ready to set off, it had turned to rain and the rain stayed through out the visit. I wasn’t put off and ventured out stopping off first for a butty at the van and ate this in the nearby shelter overlooking the reserve. Sand Martins, House Martins, and Swallows were very much evident with hundreds hawking over the water, feeding up after the long journey North, other birds I saw from here over looking the Village Lake were Blackbird, Robin, Lesser Black backed Gulls, Black headed Gulls and Redshank.
Venturing out on to the reserve proved to be very wet as the rain continued but birds were seen these being Blackcaps, Chaffinch, Tree Sparrows, and Cettis Warbler (heard). Reedbed lake had hundreds of Sand Martins, House Martins and Swallows these were hawking the around the tress. On the lake and Far lake were Gadwalls, Tufted Ducks, Greylag Geese, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Moorhen, Pochard, Mute Swans, Great Crested Grebes and a pair of Oystercatchers on the nearby workings.
Coming back down Dryham Lane I caught the “rattle” call of a Lesser Whitethroat and finally three Little Ringed Plovers back down on the Village Lake.
It proved to be a very wet day with very little reward on the species front but what I did see was very rewarding
Bird List : Blackbird, Blackcap, Black headed Gull, Canada Goose, Crow, Cettis Warbler, Chaffinch, Coot, Gadwall, Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, House Martin, Lapwing, Lesser Whitethroat, Little Egret, Little Grebe, Little Ringed Plover, Magpie, Mallrd, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Oystercatcher, Pochard, Redshank, Reed Bunting, Robin, Sand Martin, Swallow, Tree Sparrow, Tufted Duck (31)
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