Marston, Denton etc. 21 aug

Steve (Nezzy) Nesbitt and me looked around a couple of local sites. Steve wanted to get some photos of the lesser whitethroats that have been showing well here lately. However, the weather was slightly autumnal and the birds weren’t playing very well.

Along Hougham mill lane we heard both redshank and greenshank call, and then saw both of them. Red and green together at Marston! things must be looking up. If you view from the spot down mill lane where I’ve cleared the vegetation, please watch out for the barbed wire. I won’t show you the results from my NOT minding the barbed wire, let’s just say its still sore. A snipe and fifty odd lapwings completed the wader count. About a dozen yellow wags were with the cattle. Swallows, house and sand martins were all over, as was the case at other venues we visited later.

Next we zipped over to Cotham, hoping the redstart would still be there but it had moved on.

At Kilvington lakes we saw common sandpiper, two ringed plovers, five little egrets and a few yellow-legged gulls within a large raft of lesser black-backeds on the east lake.

Denton res was our final stop off, the level continues to fall, and on the muddy/rocky shoreline we located a group of six grey wagtails. A common sandpiper and a juvenile little ringed plover added interest and in the willows were a couple of spotted flycatchers.

Steve’s best camera was away for repairs, so he cadged his daughter’s one for the day. He wasn’t too happy, what with poor light too, but managed a few good pics.

All photos Steve Nesbitt.

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snipe at marston
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house martin at marston
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grey heron at marston
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greenshank with lapwings
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spotted flycatcher at denton res
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juv little ringed plover at denton res
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grey wagtail at denton res