Saturday, 30 March 2013

Rye and Tewin

Just as cold as yesterday! Siskin still around coming down to the feeder.
Went down to Rye meads in the morning, largely because they had plenty of hides to keep out of the wind. Arrived moments after the gate opened so sat in the car park hide for a bit. A Grey Wagtail flew over and  a Chiffchaff was lurking in the bushes.
A few Shelduck are on the reserve, with one sleeping on the Draper scrape. No waders, but plenty of gulls and a few Shoveller and Teal. The lagoons were pretty much the same.

Spent some time in the Kingfisher Hide. Chiffchaff singing outside occasionally. Male Kingfisher arrived and sat outside the nest hole for a long time, with another appearing briefly. Both Kestrels active in the nest box.

 Left at 1130 and went home via Tewinbury. The reserve has had a lot of work since my last visit a few years ago and looks quite good. A couple pointed me in the direction of a suspect Snipe, but this proved to be a Common. However, behind it and largely obscured was a Jack Snipe. It remained on view all the time I was present, but never really came out into the open. Also it was rather too far away for the camera.


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