A Couple of Hours at the Water Park.

This morning I headed out to the eastern side of the Water Park for a couple of hours birding. Starting off with a gull count came up with almost two hundred Lesser Black-backed, just under fifty Herring and sixteen Black-headed. A couple of Green Sandpipers were heard with one seen. A few Swallows and Sand Martins were around along with a single House Martin. Five Red-legged Partridge running across an area of gravel were an unexpected sighting. A Sparrowhawk was seen briefly as it glided along the hedgerow. Viewing at Round House Quarry was awkward as the hedgerows have grown up. Four each of Little Egret and Heron, three juvenile Shelduck and another Green Sandpiper were all noted along with a flock of fifteen Lapwing flying in the distance. Yellowhammers were singing and some Goldfinches flew over. Final stop was on the Bridge over the Thames at Castle Eaton. Several Swallows were feeding low over the fields, Bullfinch and Sedge Warbler were heard and a family of Swans came upriver hoping to find someone to feed them from the riverside pub garden.

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