Friday, 6 May 2011


Yesterday afternoon was spent wandering around Attenborough, this reserve has really changed over the years, when I first started visiting this sight it was just a car park and a few foot paths, now its a top sight attracting many visitors both people and birds.

By the visitor centre in the reeds was a singing Reed Warbler although it never showed itself, plus a Red Crested Pochard and a single Egyptian Goose.
Being a week day visit you also get to see the tugs moving gravel around the sight, much nicer to look at than some lorry.

Tug at Attenborough

Red Crested Pochard at Attenborough
Down by the Tower hide there were plenty of birds around Chiffchaff, Whitethroat with one bird being very showy, Common Tern were flying around plus House Martin and Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Wigeon and more Red Crested Pochard and Mute Swan on the water, plus a Oystercatcher on the islands.
A bonus bird we did have was a Cetti's Warbler calling and giving brief views just below the tower hide, we found another latter further along the path leading to the river, this showed a little better than the last, plus finally we saw a Reed Warbler hiding in a patch of reeds.

Mute Swan checking on how it looks

Common Whitethroat

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