Work, visiting and Play

On Saturday I was working all day but got up earlier that needed for an early (05:00) look in at West Swindon for a Grasshopper Warbler that has been heard at this time. Arriving on site I soon heard it singing and worked out that it was in a large bush towards the middle of the field. After listening to it for about fifteen minutes it started to move about. As it started to get light I managed to catch sight of it for about twenty seconds. I think this is the first early morning Gropper I have been for, usually I try for them late on or catch them on the Plain in the afternoon. Sunday was spent doing stuff at home followed by an afternoon BBQ so no birding at all apart from a garden flyover of four Tufted Ducks. A garden first.

Today was meant to be a trip to Bournemouth, this however was changed to tomorrow so instead I went to see my Mum in London. A stop off at an extremely chilly Staines Reservoir added Swift and Arctic Tern to the year-list. ALso seen where around twenty Little Gulls, thirty plus Common Tern, loads of hirundines and a couple of Green sandpipers. After a visit to a Garden Centre and my first meal out for quite a while it was time to head home. A look at Birdguides showed a couple of Wood Sandpipers not far off route at Sutton Courtney. This is an area that I am not familiar with but I found the location easily enough and soon had great views of the birds. Also here were three Redshank and an LRP. The Wood Sand were just to the left of the telegraph pol

It was then a choice of home or the Water Park, I decided on the latter and a pleasant hour at Twitchers got around forty species with Hobby and Greenshank added to the year-list and Swift and Common Tern to the Wiltshire one.

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