Thursday, 18 April 2013

Whimbrel and Black necked Grebes in the Tame valley

Thursday 18th April 2013
Started the day at Dosthill lakes. 3 of the summer plummaged Black necked Grebes were together on the far side of the eastern Skiing lake. The fourth bird was some way away on the same lake. On Cliff pool there were 2 Little ringed plovers and a Common Sandpiper, while at Shustoke Reservoir the Kittiwake was still present along with up to 30 Common tern and 2 or 3 Arctic terns. As I pondered the next move I got a call from Steve C., there was a Whimbrel at Ladywalk N.R. From Riverwalk hide the Whimbrel in company with the long staying Curlew eventually came out on to the Marsh. Although the two birds were together the Curlew frequently 'had a go' at its smaller cousin.
Black necked Grebe, Dosthill lake
Common Tern, Shustoke
Arctic tern, Shustoke Res.
Whimbrel, Ladywalk N.R.
Whimbrel and Curlew

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