Not Much Time for Birds

Saturday was spent with my Mum in London and most of Sunday was going to be taken with carrying on with the patio at my daughters house. However the report of a Glossy Ibis from Twitchers saw me making a pre patio trip to the Water Park. Unfortunately of the Ibis there was no sign, it was out of sight somewhere on the scrape as was the Garganey that has been popping up from time to time. However a Bittern was in full view across the lake in the reeds, the first actually seen this year rather than being heard booming. With Grey Heron, Little and Great White Egret, Bittern and Glossy Ibis this is turning into a pretty good place to birdwatch. A quick look at the field next to Lake 82 got me a year tick of Whimbrel. This is a reliable spring site for these. I didn’t have time to listen for the Gropper that had been reported here and didn’t hear the Cuckoo that was around earlier in the morning. The slab laying went well so I had time to visit Twitchers again in the evening and missed out on the Ibis by about fifteen seconds as it was seen to fly up from the scrape and high of to the north. there was some consolation when eventually the Garganey decided to show itself and a Redshank was a Wiltshire year tick.

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