Saturday, 17 February 2007

Burnthouse Lane. 2nd Feb 2007

A quick stop at Burnthouse Lane near Theale, Berks today, Burnthouse used to consist of a number of gravel pits which sadly are being slowly filled in, a number of rarities have been seen there in the past which include Slavonian Grebe, White-fronted Goose, Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Dotterel and Red-footed Falcon.
After climbing the bank to the pits i was disappointed to find a number of workmen crossing through the pits which flushed almost everything except a Shelduck which was asleep and two Grey Herons.A few Gulls stayed on the far side of the pit which included a small group of Black-headed Gulls, a squabbling Herring and Great Black-backed Gull, before long the ducks circled back round and landed back on the water, Mallard, Pochard, Tufted Duck and Gadwall.

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