Monday, 30 April 2012

Sandpiper save the day

Went up to the Flash with Westies first thing mainly to see how the Graylags were getting on with the 2 goslings, only to find out they had gone . I looked round the whole area and no sign, their disappearance was just as mystifying as their appearance. Ten mins. later I meet Nick and he informed me that they had found their way down to the Thacker nature reserve, now this is a hike of over a quarter of a mile quite a journey for 2 little goslings, plus the parents would have to get them through the fence, at least they are still OK.
       Back home I had a quick cuppa before leaving for Soddy and Broughton Moor, plenty of warblers of various kinds but apart from that it was a bit quiet. So after a good tramp around I headed for Siddick Ponds. On the small pond there was a Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Swans, on the main pool 2 Herons a few pair of Swans, 2 Cormorant, Tufted ducks, the usual coots and Moorhens, and I thought that was going to be the lot until I found a Common Sandpiper flitting about on the edge of the pond.

Common Sandpiper, Siddick.

It was picking insects from the waters edge.

A very thoughtful Cormorant, shading the Swan from the sun.
It was only the Sandpiper that made the outing worthwhile. Swallows and Swifts added to the year list.

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