Eight types of Wader

I walked down to the new farm shop (highly recommended) at Chiseldon to buy some meat for Sunday dinner seeing Chiffchaff and Red Kite on the way back. In the evening rather than watching the football I spent an hour in the far hide at Coate Water.  After seeing half a dozen Orchids in the meadow on the way I was greeted on the raised pathway by a noisy family group of six Wrens. Plenty of young birds were seen on the water with Mallard, Coot, Moorhen and Mute Swan all in family groups. Many Ducks were in moult, Coots and Moorhen on nests and a Common Sandpiper, presumably was an early return migrant. This was the eighth species of wader I had seen today, not something that happens very often in Wiltshire (not to me anyway). A Jay flew across the lake and a mixed group of twenty-five Lesser Black Backed and Herring Gulls flew in. Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff and Blackcap were all singing. Green and Greater Spotted Woodpecker were also heard. Definitely better than watching football.

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