It Shouldn’t Have Been Raining

Having checked the weather forecasts I decided on early afternoon for a trip to the Water Park. Having arranged to meet Pete at Eysey at Two O’clock I headed off along the A419 in lovely sunshine. However as I came over the top of Blunsdon Hill I wasn’t happy to see the whole of the Water Park obscured by rain. We arrived together and spent the next twenty minutes sat in our cars scanning the lake through rain covered windscreens. There were plenty of birds to see with in excess of three hundred Canada and Greylag Geese, three species of gull and plenty of ducks. Eventually the rain stopped and we ventured from the cars. A scan of the main pit found a couple of Sandpipers, five Pochard and a Heron. Moving on to the new workings across the road there were many Pied Wagtails, three more Common Sandpipers and a couple of Greens. A Greenshank flew in calling loudly and settled on the far side of the pit. Three Little Egrets, four Teal, A Little Grebe and plenty of Pied Wagtails completed the birds seen. We then moved along to 306 which was quiet. A few Ducks included two Shovelers along with two more Green Sandpipers and a Blackwit. The sound of a jet taking off from Fairford brought the highlight of the afternoon for me as a U2 appeared above the trees as it climbed out heading off to the USA.

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