Saturday 20 August 2011

Birding Staffordshire

Myself, Bill & Glads decided knock around Staffs today mainly for the Red Necked Grebe that has managed stay nearly a week at Gailey Res. Before I met up with the lads I had a quick gander at Rudyard 145 Lapwing & a single Common Sandpiper were there but did manage see a Kingfisher headed up the lake. First stop was Gailey and the Grebe was showing very well enough for a digiscope snap other birds to note were a Hobby (being mobbed by boat loads of Martins & Swallows) Little Grebe, Pochard plus many other common species. Next on the cards was Blithfield and we opted for Tad bay first, again plenty to look at Black Necked Grebe & Osprey being top of my list. Barnacle Geese were in numbers as were Teal, Shoveler ect. On the wader frond little to report other than 3 Dunlin on Tad as well as 2 Greenshank where Blithe Bay 2 Redshanks kept a Greenshank company. A bit in limbo as were to head next we ended up at Carsington Water it was very quiet there bar a Yellow legged Gull a few Gadwall & Teal.

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