Looked out the of window

As is often the case with the weather forecasts, all say something different so best to just look out of the window. I woke at six and “looked out of the window”. Grey and damp so dump plan one, which was to go on the bike to Greenham Common. Instead I headed to the Water Park in the car. First stop was Kent End where all the rain we have had has covered of the gravel islands and created many extra pools in the grassier areas. Some patient scanning found eight Ringed and two Little Ringed Plover, two Dunlin and four Lapwing. Also seen here were Blackcap and Whitethroat. Next was Lake 74 from Twitchers. Plenty of Swifts and Swallows over the water along with a couple of Common Tern. The only wader found was a Common Sandpiper. Also seen and heard were Sedge and Cetti’s Warbler, Blackcap, Cuckoo and Green Woodpecker. Lake 97 was quiet with just two Grey Wagtails worthy of note.                                                            Heading home I decided on a quick look in at Coate Water. Grey and Pied Wagtail were on seen along with Swift, Swallow and Greater Spotted Woodpecker. Nothing of any great interest at the flood water which is now more of a third lake. Then it was back home and on with the domestic duties.


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