The Week Just Kept On Getting Better

While I was in Scotland some Dotterel were found in Wiltshire and I was desperately hoping they would stay until I got back. My first opportunity to go for them was on Tuesday afternoon after work and typically they were seen to fly off in the morning. Wednesday saw the chance of a after work visit to the Water Park and I arrived just as a heavy shower passed through. This bought down a flock of Black Terns with thirteen counted in all. It was an absolute joy to watch them as they fed over the lake. Also here were good niumbers of Common Terns but despite several people trying we couldn’t turn any of them into an Arctic. A look in at a couple of other pits turned up a good few waders with Dunlin, Redshank, Ringed Plover and Blackwit all seen. On Saturday morning I intended to have an early start to try for Nightingale in the pit 43 area which is over the border in Gloucestershire as unfortunately none have been reported in Wiltshire yet this year. I was late getting up but it was a pretty miserable morning with low cloud and a chilly breeze. There were plenty of Warblers around with Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Garden, Cetti’s, Sedge, And Common and Lesser Whitethroat all seen or heard along with a couple of Cuckoos. A Nightingale just about came to the party wit a very short and half-hearted attempt at some song. Pretty quiet at Twitchers with just a few Common Terns, plenty of Hirundines and Swifts and a couple of Buzzards and a Red Kite. I then needed to go to Cotswold Outdoor for a new pair of trousers. While I was there I got a message saying two Black Winged Stilts at Langford Lakes. As these would be a Wiltshire tick for me it was a no brainer to go. Needing to pop in to home first caused a slight delay but within and hour and a half I was in the hide watching them actively feeding. Also here was a Male Garganey which was showing well. It isn’t often that one of these is the support act but today it certainly was.P1000872

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