Marston STW 22/4/12 am

Went for a few hours this morning, bumpt into me mate Steve Godson and although not brimming with birds we saw a bit!

A walk down Viking way produced good numbers of lively and noisey Wrens, pic below …

Plenty of seeming already paired off Reed Buntings seen as well, pic below …

Cuckoo heard loud and clear from the wood across the field to the right or Viking Way on more than one occasion but none seen 😦 Plenty of Chaffinches, Blue and Great Tits seen along the Viking Way too.

Gadwalls seemed very active with a lot of flying above the reed bed and at one stage a hen was chased in the air by 4 males! Pic of one of the males below …

Mallards also seemed very flighty, pic below …

A couple of Stock Dove flew past at distance and speed, pic below …

Not sure if the bird shown below that was looking around the reed beds was a Carrion Crow or a Raven (poor iding skills here from me) let me know please ….

At the hide around 6 Tufted Duck kept themselves to themselves at the far end of the scrape, Greylags were mainly in pairs apart from the odd lone bird causing a bit of a cuffufle! Coots nesting well close to the hide, 2 eggs seen and we counted 11 young Mallard chicks dotted around the place, surprisingly spread out and away from their parents. A Kestrel flew over as well a lone Curlew. A single Green Sandpiper was visible and kept its distance. Later on 2 Mute Swan and a Heron dropped into the second scrape / pool from the hide and probably missed out on a easy lunch with all the young Mallards about!  A small number of Teal and Moorhen were showing opposite the hide too.

There were brief appearences by 2 Lapwing and a pair of Pheasant. From the hide I spotted a Great Tit with a beakful of nesting material and it flew over the hide into the nestbox to the right of the hide, this was used last year I think? Only 1 Chiffchaff heard was on way home from the hide with none seen or heard along Viking Way.

Steve said he saw what he thought was a Whitethroat on the trimmed hedgrow opposite the car park when he arrived this morning and when we were about to leave I spotted 2 Little Ringed Plover in the same spot as seen the other day on the freshly de-turfed area close to the road. I got a pic again shown below and Steve then spotted 4 Oyster Catchers that were mobile and flying between the two fields close to the car park.

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