Sunday, 13 May 2012

Attenborough Visit

Headed over to Attenborough today in sunny Notts always a great reserve to visit what ever the time of year, and has a great cafe to boot, the Chicken, Bacon and Cheese door stop sandwitches are a true manwitch!

Driving into the reserve we straight away picked up two year ticks with Swift and Common Tern flying over the road, always a good start to the day. Around the car park the Brambles and Scrub Willow held Sedge and Garden Warbler. With Common White Throat by the by the bridge.

Walking down to the King Fisher hide (where some bird decided to take a crap on Lesley which I told her would bring her good luck) we soon added Lapwing, Little Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher in the Wheatear paddock with the trees/shrubs along the way holding numerous Black Cap and Common White Throat again.

From the King Fisher hide we saw another Sedge Warbler, Tree Sparrow, Little and Great Crested Grebe plus plenty more Terns, the high light though was the singing Cetti's Warbler which was calling from the right of the hide I didn't manage to pick this bird up but Lesley did get a close up view (told being crapped on by a bird would bring her luck) while I was getting a shot of a Common White Throat, I am just never in the right place these days. Around here I did also add Linnet to the list. After stacking this area and only managing to hear the Cetti's call I gave up and carried on walking up past the Tower hide towards the river. Hear I did manage to see a Cetti's Warbler through and dense patch of twigs not the best view but they all count!

Along the river nothing really else was added to our list apart from a Green Finch that was seen along with a pair of Goldfinch.

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