Morning at the WaterPark

As planned I was out the door at half-six and headed for the Water Park. A quick stop at Liden Lagoon failed to come up with the hoped for Common Sandpiper. The chosen area today was Waterhay and Cleveland lakes. I was greeted at Waterhay by singing Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler and the distant yaffling of a Green Woodpecker, a call that was to be heard all the way around the walk with maybe half a dozen separate birds heard although only one was seen. The first of many Reed Buntings was seen along the path to Cleveland lakes. Further along by lake 68A/B I saw my first Whitethroat of the year quickly followed by the first Common Tern flying over the scrape. The Green Woodpecker was seen near to the Reed hide. Only gulls could be seen on the scrape and a couple of Little Egret on the edge of lake 74. A Curlew flew over being mobbed by a couple of Gulls.  On the walk back along the Thames Path a Cetti’s Warbler called from a bush right next to the path, a couple of minutes standing was rewarded by excellent views. One of the morning’s highlights was seeing a U2 reconnaissance plane fly over after taking off from Fairford.  Soon after this I heard and then had good views of a Cuckoo. As the morning warmed up, several Orange Tip butterflies were seen on the wing. Several Sedge Warbler were singing but none seemed willing to show themselves. Finally I managed a fleeting glimpse of one among the reeds. Next I headed to Shorncote hoping to  for some Waders. However the rain over the last few days had raised the water levels and none were seen. Kent End was quiet with  just half a dozen Teal and a Lapwing. Final stop was Twitchers where there were some other local birders. Green and Common Sandpiper were seen on the far shore and a Sparrowhawk flew in front of the screen at low-level. A final final stop was made near lake 75 to look for the two Eygptian Geese that have been around. Plenty of Canada and Greylag but no Eygptian. The trip ended with a total of fifty-eight species seen of which four were year ticks. 

 

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