Sunday 8 September 2013

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker at Alvecote Pools

An early morning visit produced just a single, highly mobile Black-tailed Godwit around Mill Pool today. The couple of Dunlin from yesterday were still present though as were a pair of Little Egret. Wildfowl numbers continue to increase with a huge influx of Mallard today with Teal, Gadwall and Wigeon numbers all up slightly from yesterday.

Dunlin (juvenile) - Alvecote Pools, Warwickshire
Photo by Adam Archer

The Willow Clump off Laundry Lane produced a Garden Warbler and few Common Whitethroat as well as a single Northern Wheatear in the sheep fields. As the sun started to burn off the early morning nip in the air a Spotted Flycatcher also emerged to feed. Lightening then struck twice when I heard the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker calling from Shuttington Bridge. After a bit of patience I eventually caught up with the bird feeding in the roadside hawthorns before it flew up Main Road towards Gilman's Pool.

Dunlin (juvenile) - Alvecote Pools, Warwickshire
Photo by Adam Archer

With a few nice birds around the pools recently it often results in a few more birders visiting. This then leads to a few additional birds being found by non-regulars. By dusk, Tom Perrins had found 2 Garganey, Dave Hutton had 7 Black-tailed Godwits drop in and there were additional reports of Common Redstart and Northern Wheatear.

1 comment:

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