Welbeck,Collingham and Marston.

Myself and Spadge had a bit of a ride round today.We went up to Welbeck near Clumber to try for honey buzzard but only saw commons and a couple of kestrels.P1000786

I asked somebody wheather the above sign was some kind of memorial plaque to a birder with these initials,before being informed it stood for raptor.watch.point.This amused everyone greatly.

Next we went to Collingham lakes where there were a few waders. 2 greenshanks,a few ringed and little ringed plovers and oystercatchers were on show.A mixture of pied and yellow wagtails were flushed up by a marauding sparrowhawk.A group of gulls contained great black backeds,lesser black backeds and commons.None of them were adults.Lots of sand martins flew over groups of tuftys,pochards and gadwalls. 2 little egrets,3 grey herons,10 cormorants and a few pairs of common terns showed.

A quick check at Marston on the way back,(well we couldn’t drive past without looking here could we?),revealed 4 green sandpipers on the scrape.P1000792