100 Acre is a little less accessible, you definitely need your wellies over there and the final field is still too deep for wellies. Having said that it's well worth having a look over there as it was a wader fest on Saturday afternoon.
Golden Plover 150+
Snipe 30+ (May have been as many as 50 but not sure if the 20 I saw was just a sub group of the 30)
2 Ruff were also reported by others in the morning.
Other noteables were:
Pintail 3 (2m1f)
1 Rock Pipit was also reported by others in the morning.
|9 of the Oystercatchers|
With the high water on 100 Acre scuppering plans to photograph the Little Grebes again this year I spent Sunday morning on the Finger Lakes hoping the Great Crested Grebes might display. They are building but don't seem that excited about the task and I didn't see any displaying, although they did disappear for a while. One of the birds did catch a nice Perch, I assume it was the male as the other bird quickly arrived on the scene hoping for a gift but that never materialised and the male managed to get it down eventually. The male often catches a fish and presents it to the female to strengthen the pair bond. It shows the female that he is capable of providing for her and her young but this guy obviously still has a bit to learn!
|Male catches a Perch|
|Female arrives hoping for a breakfast gift|
|Great Crested Grebe|
|Adult male Mute Swan (Orange 180)|
|Male Tufted Duck|