Tuesday, 11 May 2010

A Duck into Ibsley Water

After being off for a couple of days I opened up the Tern hide full of hope for something new, I was not entirely disappointed, but it was not so much something new as unexpected. The Wigeon and drake Pochard that have been around for a while were still out there, as was a duck Pintail. I have not seen a Pintail for something over a month so this was a real surprise. It was quite close to the hide, as it still was at the end of the day, so I got a rather distant picture.
As well as the ducks the Little Ringed Plovers are still performing and they were joined this morning by a single Ringed Plover. The Oystercatchers have lost their nest on the island half way up the lake and are now taking an interest in the small island just east of the hide.

Other sightings today included a Spotted Flycatcher near the Woodland hide, something of a rare bird these days, otherwise my first Broad-bodied Chaser of the year and good numbers of damselflies were also noteworthy.

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