Fourth time lucky?

I finish work at lunch time on a Friday and usually try and get some birding done. Last Friday I went looking for the five Cranes that had been around on Thursday. No luck.

Today it was back to the Water Park to try again for the Great Grey Shrike, I don’t usually go more than a couple of times for a specific bird but this would be a Water Park and year tick. Also a Temminck’s Stint was at the same site. Possibly the same bird that I saw on the Scrape on Pit 74 last month but always good to see.

End result was, No Shrike, no Stint and an extremely wet foot from a deeper than expected puddle! But as always still a good couple of hours with some  Lapwing / Golden Plover flocks around and a couple of Dunlin and the same of Water Rail calling.

Drove home via Barbury hoping for Short Eared Owl. Another blank but compensated for by a good view of a Merlin.

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