Sunday, 5 June 2011

Saturday June 4th Sandpipers

Good job no boats being launched today otherwise one flat Common Sandpiper

Decided to spend another day with Les this time taking Mrs W and the Westies, arriving at the boat shed at about 8am. We were there before Les understandably as the Keswick beer festival is on this weekend, say no more.
So first of all myself and the Westies went to check out the Great Spotted Woodpecker nest, unfortunately the young have flown so no pics, at least I hadn't lugged my gear round there.

The sandpipers seemed more agitated today, and even more so when a Carrion Crow made the occasional appearance,

In between bouts of guard duty it would relax for a while and continue feeding

Then we had a second bird on view which I thought was strange because I'm thinking it was still sitting eggs,
this bird seems to have a hole in its beak.

Now she is stood on the concrete from the old launching ramp, then suddenly from one of the cracks,

This little fella pops up, a gorgeous Sandpiper chick. Not the best of picks I know but he was a good distance away and running like the clappers. before disappearing never to be seen again.

This is one of a few Juvenile Grey Wagtail that was constantly chasing insects.
So a good day was had by all, and this is in the same area as the Redstart a few weeks back.

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