It,s been a bit busy in my part of the valley in past couple of weeks, there was the North Marsh Corn Crake and I’m sorry no one got to see it, if it’s any consolation I only heared it, I didn’t see it.
On the marsh there have been a pair of Lesser Ringed Plover that are for some reason hanging in there, I don’t know if they have bred, it would be really nice if they have, one observer saw four birds at one stage but they seemed to be adult birds rather than “juvs” but one never knows. I saw a pair of Common Terns showing signs of breeding, one on the ground the other gathering food and returning to the sitter, again I just don’t know.
Yesterday, three Egyptian Geese appeared on the marsh, if it were Attenboriugh they wouldn’t have been noticed but this is Bennerley and they haven’t been seen here for many years, so their arrival was most welcome.
The final sighting sighting during this “roll” was a single Oystercatcher, not s scarce bird in the valley but agin this is Bennerley, I usually manage one a year but on this occasion it was found by Mike Leatherland, so we’ll found Mike! Add to these sightings those found earlier in the year, the Scaup found by Susan purdey, plus the Siberian Chiffchaff, the Rough Legged Buzzard and the two Common Cranes it’s been a good year for Bennerley Marsh and I have even mentioned the butterflies and the ” Odes”