Saturday 21 May 2011

North Staffs & Carsington

As dawn broke I was at Tittersworth but a low mist prevented great views of anything. Whimbrel was close enough for the gloom not to affect it. I decided hit Gun Hill plenty of chorus around the best being a Tree Pipit. A few warblers present but only the normal species ie Garden Warbler, Blackcap & Willow. Back again at Tittersworth much better by the time the sun had burnt the mist off. Ringed Plover mixed with the LRPs on the main reservoir. A single male Gadwall albeit looking a bit scruffy now. 4 Common Sandpipers whizzed around the area and just as I was about to leave 7 Dunlin dropped in with 2 more Ringed Plover in tow. Time to meet up with Glads & Bill to try for the Black Throated Diver that been showing well a Carsington. On arrival it was a little distant but a walk along the track gave better views even with the sun a complete nightmare. A quick stop at Swallow Moss got us a Cuckoo but little else showing & the wind had pick up so with the lads needing do other things we departed. I still had a couple of hours spare so an hour at the Churnet was in order to watch a few summer visitors before they go quiet. First on the scene were Spotted Flycatchers 3 in total & just one cousin there in the shape of Pied Flycatcher. Redstart put in a brief appearance before heading out of view but Grey Wagtail, Nuthatch, GS Woodpecker, Finches & common tits were more cooperative

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