Saturday, 7 August 2010

Belvide & Doxy

Having never been a member of WMB club in my birding history decided give it a bash. First trip to Belvide I was pretty impressed although a little busier than im used to. Some pretty good birds knocking around too, Black necked Grebe probably cream of the lot. A couple of Greenshank from Scotts hide with a Ruff shadowing one around the mud. 3 Black Tailed Godwit one nearly still in full summer plumes, a distant Common Sandpiper on the dam wall also 2 Ruddy ducks in the bay to the right and two Common Terns at the far end of the dam. Feeding station had Willow Tit, Nuthatch & Bullfinch. Off to Doxy next via Chippy for a kebab. Not a lot to see really in terms of waders and water levels were higher than i expected at the hide. Greenshank showed from a small flash near the hide as did 2 Snipe. Great views of the Common Scoter it certainly beats wave watching on N Wales coast also 2 Common Terns were present on the main flash. Plenty of Goldfinches about a few Reed Warblers and a single Sedge Warbler. Water rail called near the path in but never put in an appearance. An enjoyable few hours and just one shower that cant be bad for August

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