Thursday 31st May: Garganey

As we come to the end of what's been a very disappointing May I can't help but think that things are actually perking up a little with some "reportable" birds starting to come through of late. I am therefore wondering whether everything is several weeks late this year. If so then it will mean that we could be about to hit a purple patch for Meadow birding - let's hope so.

Anyway, a very brief (I was supposedly on a shopping trip!) mid-afternoon visit today found 3 RINGED PLOVER, 1 DUNLIN and 1 sleeping REDSHANK to give a reasonable wader list for a change. On the duck front the RED-CRESTED POCHARD and two SHELDUCK were about as usual and were joined by a pair of GARGANEY, perhaps failed breeders who've come to sample the delights of the Meadow floods. There were also 12 LITTLE EGRETS and 5 grey herons representing the herons.

The Red-crested Pochard has been adding a bit of colour 
to the Meadow ducks of late (c) Pete Styles.

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