Tuesday, 26 July 2011

When i pulled up at the south end of the ARC Pit Mark Hollingworth was already there, watching a few Dunlin and Common Sandpipers and little else of note. Mark suggested we go to Galloways and Denge Marsh Gully, so i parked up at the ARC car park and jumped into his car and we went to Galloways. On the way down we saw a couple of Willow Warblers, several Whitethroats, 3 Stonechats a covey of Red legged Partridges and a male Marsh harrier. As we drove slowly back up windows open Mark heard a Grasshopper Warbler reeling, despite his best efforts i just could not hear it old age setting in. (now i know how Dick Walker felt). A bit further up Mark spotted a Little Owl. Whilst i was trying photograph the Owl he got a call from Dave walker at the Obs to say a Wood warbler had been trapped, needless to say the Owl was uly ignored as we drove straight to the obs to be greeted by the sight of a stunning Wood Warbler being held by Paul being photographed by Dave. A couple of minutes later it was released and as far as i know not seen again.  

After a cup of tea and some banter we left the obs and went to Denge Marsh Gully where the highlights were a family of Wheatears, a Hobby, the Great White Egret and another Little Owl on the chicked shed. Then Mark got another call from Dave to say they had trapped a Nightingale so back to the obs we went and saw this little beauty. Later we went back to Hanson hide at the ARC where the LRP fluff balls were still running about, 26 Golden Plover, 1 Little Gull, numerous Lapwing and Oystercatchers and little else of note.

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