After enjoying the dawn chorus we took a stroll around the Rough where Garden Warblers and Blackcaps were most in evidence. A Goldcrest was also heard singing here.
I had hoped the early start were give us a good chance of seeing the Otters at the sewage works bridge but we had to make do with Sedge and Reed Warblers singing in the reed bed below the bridge and a Cetti's Warbler singing a little further down the river.
Along the cycle track by the sewage works Common Whitethroats were in good numbers, their scratchy, cut-off song drawing attention to them.
100 Acre was an oasis of bird life as usual although the star birds from yesterday, in the form of Knot, Sanderling and Stonechat, had moved on. As well as all of the regulars we saw Common Sandpiper, Linnet, Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Redshank, Oystercatcher, Cuckoo, Little Ringed Plover and Yellow Wagtail. The song flight specialists, Skylark, Sedge Warbler and Common Whitethroat also performed well.
Here are a few record shots from Saturday morning:
|Sanderling (left) with a couple of Ringed Plovers|
|Stonechat (100 Acre)|
And a couple of other things:
At the beginning of the month the volunteers put in a good shift when replacing the steps by the wooden footbridge over the New Cut.
|Volunteers test the new steps (Photo by: Daniel Fellman)|
|Litter in the park|
|Grey Heron starved to death because of ribbon wrapped around its beak. (photo taken at Biddenham Loop CP)|