Saturday, 18 April 2009

Nightingales and Sparrows

Spent the morning walking around Little Paxton Nature Reserve, a series of old gravel pits that have become one of the places to hear and usually see Nightingale.
There were at least a dozen birds singing and I managed to glimpse a few of them, but getting photos were a different story. One spot where I have had success in he past had been staked out by the well known photographer Nigel Blake and there were a number of others with him. Unfortunately it did not look as if the bird would perform as it stayed in dense cover. 
I carried on and heard my first Cuckoo of the year.
In the early afternoon I payed a visit to the RSPB reserve at Welches Dam on the Ouse Washes. In the winter it is a prime site for wildfowl, but in spring and summer, the breeding and passage birds tend to be rather distant. There were small parties of Icelandic Black tailed Godwits, small numbers of Wigeon, Teal and Pintail still, plus two distant drake Garganey. 
Much easier to see and photograph were the colony of Tree Sparrows by the reserve centre.

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