Attenborough And Me!

July 23, 2015 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

 

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Goldfinch

Attenborough and I do not suit each other but yesterday turned out be a decent days birding at this site, with a few waders to see including Turnstone, Dunlin, LRP and Greendshank.; a half dozen Little Egrets were scattered around the reserve as were those immigrant Egyptian Geese. Lapwing, Greenshank, Dunlin and Turnstone were present late morning from the Tower Hide, to be joined by Little-ringed Plover, Redshank and three Oystercatcher in the afternoon,

Among the Black-headed Gulls and Common Gulls was a single Yellow-legged Gull, which I think has been coming to Attenborough for some years but today he was doing what Yellow-legged Gulls do, stealing water bird chicks from under the bills of their parents!

Two Hobby’s put in an appearance, great to see these little falcons whizzing around  the sky. a Sparrowhawk was trying his luck among the hirundines without success, it seems their numbers are decreasing, I think they do sometimes make an early start for the African sun and it looks like Kestrels have bred again in the owl box.

A bit disappointing on the warbler front with just a few each of Whitethroat, Sedge and Reed Warbler and just a single Cetti’s at the Long Eaton end of the reserve.

There were more little Egrets up at the Long Eaton Gravel Pits but not much else, I was hoping  a Wood Sandpiper  reported yesterday might still be around but with not knowing the full details of it’s location it was always going to be hard to spot in this large complex of  gravel pits and spot it I did not!

 

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Little Grebe-just!

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Common Tern

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Little Egret with “leg candy”

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In the distance-Turnstone!

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Kestrels in da box!

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Collared Dove-a dove but not the “right dove”

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Grey Heron-he knew I was there, but couldn’t see me, what cunning!

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Green Woodpecker, Long Eaton GP’s

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Yellow-legged Gull with prey.

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Egyptian Goose

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Loafing Lapwings

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Goldfinch

 

The Day-list.

Selected SpeciesRecsSitesRep%1st Date1st LocationEarliestLatestBlack-headed Gull225023/07/2015AttenboroughResidentResidentBlackcap112523/07/2015Long Eaton GPs.ResidentResidentCanada Goose225023/07/2015Long Eaton GPs.ResidentResidentCarrion Crow112523/07/2015AttenboroughResidentResidentCetti’s Warbler112523/07/2015AttenboroughResidentResidentChaffinch112523/07/2015AttenboroughResidentResidentCollared Dove112523/07/2015AttenboroughResidentResidentCommon Tern225023/07/2015Attenborough23 Jul23 JulCoot112523/07/2015Long Eaton GPs.ResidentResidentCormorant112523/07/2015AttenboroughResidentResidentDunlin112523/07/2015AttenboroughResidentResidentEgyptian Goose112523/07/2015AttenboroughResidentResidentGadwall225023/07/2015Long Eaton GPs.ResidentResidentGarden Warbler112523/07/2015Attenborough23 Jul23 JulGoldfinch225023/07/2015AttenboroughResidentResidentGreat Crested Grebe225023/07/2015AttenboroughResidentResidentGreat Tit112523/07/2015Long Eaton GPs.ResidentResidentGreen Woodpecker112523/07/2015Long Eaton GPs.ResidentResidentGreenshank112523/07/2015AttenboroughResidentResidentGrey Heron225023/07/2015Long Eaton GPs.ResidentResidentGreylag Goose225023/07/2015Long Eaton GPs.ResidentResidentHobby112523/07/2015Attenborough23 Jul23 JulHouse Martin225023/07/2015Attenborough23 Jul23 JulHouse Sparrow112523/07/2015Bennerley LodgeResidentResidentJackdaw112523/07/2015AttenboroughResidentResidentJay112523/07/2015Trent  MeadowsResidentResidentKestrel112523/07/2015AttenboroughResidentResidentLapwing225023/07/2015Long Eaton GPs.ResidentResidentLesser Whitethroat112523/07/2015Attenborough23 Jul23 JulLittle Egret225023/07/2015AttenboroughResidentResidentLittle Grebe112523/07/2015AttenboroughResidentResidentLittle Ringed Plover112523/07/2015Attenborough23 Jul23 JulMagpie112523/07/2015AttenboroughResidentResidentMallard112523/07/2015AttenboroughResidentResidentMoorhen112523/07/2015AttenboroughResidentResidentMute Swan112523/07/2015Long Eaton GPs.ResidentResidentOystercatcher112523/07/2015AttenboroughResidentResidentRedshank112523/07/2015AttenboroughResidentResidentReed Warbler225023/07/2015Long Eaton GPs.23 Jul23 JulRobin112523/07/2015Bennerley LodgeResidentResidentSand Martin112523/07/2015Attenborough23 Jul23 JulSedge Warbler112523/07/2015Attenborough23 Jul23 JulShoveler112523/07/2015AttenboroughResidentResidentSong Thrush337523/07/2015Long Eaton GPs.ResidentResidentSparrowhawk112523/07/2015AttenboroughResidentResidentStarling112523/07/2015Bennerley LodgeResidentResidentStock Dove112523/07/2015Long Eaton GPs.ResidentResidentSwallow112523/07/2015Attenborough23 Jul23 JulSwift112523/07/2015Bennerley Lodge23 Jul23 JulTeal112523/07/2015AttenboroughResidentResidentTufted Duck225023/07/2015Long Eaton GPs.ResidentResidentTurnstone112523/07/2015Attenborough23 Jul23 JulWhitethroat225023/07/2015Attenborough23 Jul23 JulWoodpigeon225023/07/2015Bennerley LodgeResidentResidentWren225023/07/2015Long Eaton GPs.ResidentResidentYellow-legged Gull112523/07/2015Attenborough23 Jul23 Jul