11th May 2013

Another interesting day on the RSPB reserve today.The temmincks stint showed well when I eventually tracked it down.It was hiding for a while,not surprising as it’s even smaller than a little ringed plover,of which there were a few here.

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P1050274The place was swarming with swifts (200+).A second calendar year little gull fluttered over the scrapes.Several ruff were around,each looking very different to the others.P1050233In the afternoon I walked round the wetland circuit.Got totally drenched in a heavy downpour.Approaching the reservoir a quick check revealed 2 greenshanks and a common sandpiper,just as a couple of weeks ago.Scanning along the far edges I then noticed one or two yellow wagtails and then…one with a grey head.I had been searching for one of these all spring.It was a good candidate for a ‘flava’ subspecies but after trying to dry my optics to get a pic it flew and I couldn’t re-find it.After a quick call to Simon Wilson in the visitor centre,he sent a couple of birders along to help me look,but no joy.Spent ages looking.I’ll just have to let that one go. There was a white wagtail there too.3 whimbrel were with a curlew on the grassland.

To my shame I still havn’t sampled that delightful little pub in the village.This time it had a ‘to let’ sign up.I’m tempted-maybe,just maybe……..P1050310Now that would make a good birding HQ.