I hadn't been up to Summer Leys for an age now. Last time I popped in I had a quick scan of the scrape and turned around and left. The water levels were low, the muddy areas were dry and there was loads of this invasive Japanese weed (not Knotweed) everywhere.
I turn up today and the mechanical sound of dumper truck and digger made my heart sink, why hadn't the wildlife trust posted something on there website? Well the workmen (two) were busy away re-profiling the scrape, which judging by the size of the dumper truck (10 tonner) meant a lot of soil being moved away, oh well I was here now so make the most of it.
To be fair the whole time the men were in their trucks I got some reasonable birds. Two Little Egret's, 2 Green Sandpipers (one came onto the scrape), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Snipe and 1 Hobby. When they got out the birds legged it and flew towards me...always a silver lining.
Here's the Snipe...
In sequence as I like this style of flight shots, as if I use my browser and flick the "next" button quick enough it's like one of them "flicker" books I had as a kid :o)
Oh and judging from the work, so far, I can't wait to see the scrape next spring.