Monday, 14 May 2007

Spoonbill - Lea Farm GP's, Lavell's Lake LNR, Berks. 14th May 2007.

Little-ringed Plover.
Little-ringed Plover & Dunlin.

With the unexpected news that 2 Spoonbills had been found feeding at Lea Farm GP's, Lavell's Lakes LNR, Berks it gave me the perfect opportunity to catch up on a few species that I hadn't seen this year
On arrival the Spoonbill were feeding on the far side of the lake although they had flown off at one point only to return later, both birds fed along the waters edge then preened, I left them as they settled down to sleep. A good influx of these birds has been seen recently with sightings also at Dorney Wetlands, Berks and Linford NR, Bucks. 2 Little-ringed Plovers, a single Greenshank and a single Dunlin were also present. A Cuckoo could be heard calling from Lavell's.
At Black Swan lake, Dinton Pastures a single Black Tern was flying with the Common Terns, and a walk around the lakes produced 5 bullfinch in a group and another pair near White Swan lake, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and good numbers of Common Whitethroat all present along with a single Lesser Whitethroat. My first year sightings of Reed and Garden Warbler followed by Nightingale, a single Red Kite drifted over and 2 Green Woodpeckers were present.

On my way back to Lea Farm GP's to check the Spoonbills again I met another birder who told be they had flown off after a low flying helicopter had spooked them.

Added To My Year List

151. Spoonbill
152. Black Tern
153. Garden Warbler
154. Reed Warbler
155. Nightingale

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