In reply to Patricia E:
A couple of walks since my last post on the 21st April, again just bimbling around my local patch (Swavesey Lake and the "Ferry's").
Thursday May 8th (15:30 - 18:30)
Persistent light rain.
The black-winged stilt seen by Patricia is still showing nicely in a field immediately north east of the reserve road at the busway halt crossing.
A nightingale sang briefly in scrub by the bridle path immediately S of the Fisherman's Car Park (between Swavesey Lake and Ferry lagoon).
Nine bullfinch sightings between Constable Rood and the (above) Fisherman's Car Park; double counts possible but I think at least 3 pairs.
Nine male and 3 female pochard on Ferry Mere and a pair of greylag's "towing" c.10 small goslings. No black terns seen.
Both Egyptian goslings (reported earlier) are now about 2/3 grown - seen on the flushes at the NW end of Ferry Lagoon.
Also on Ferry Lagoon, a water rail (heard briefly from the shelter on the first peninsula S of the Fisherman's Car Park).
No hobbies seen.
N of Ferry Mere, a heron cleared a flight path through a huge cloud of swifts (over a 1000, I should think), emerging safely on the other side. Brave....
65 Species in total
PS from about a week ago (same locale): a garden warbler (possible), my first cuckoos this season, a kingfisher perched above the main drain and a water rail nearby in cover on the river.
In reply to Dirk B:
Hobbies are back!
At least 4 over feeding over Elney Lake amongst hundreds of swifts.
One (lone) male Garganey with Ringed Plover close to shelter overlooking Ferry Mere and another single avocet on Moore Lake.
In reply to Iain B:
Nightingale calling (9.45am) Sat morning from low trees/bushes at western end of Drayton Lagoon bridleway (from the "beach", walk up the grass slope and just before you reach first of 2 "bridges", Nightingale was calling from the left.
In reply to sue rogers:
Red Kite hanging effortlessly on the wind above fields by St Andrews Church Swavesey at 5pm today. Watched it for about 5 mins. Local crow started mobbing it and it lazily drifted off towards Boxworth.
In reply to Dave M:
Looks like Reed Warbler.
In reply to Steve Dobromylski:
Three black-winged stilts on Moore Lake today. One with orange leg band on left leg. Also pair of avocets with three young.
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