I opted for a visit to Summer Leys, I needed to boost my year list with some waders. Sadly I didn't get to add to many. Plenty of Little Ringed Plover in the middle of the scrape. The recently reprofiled scrape is looking good and the decision to hold the water levels high has so far worked. I couldn't see any Black Headed Gulls nesting.....so far. A notable absentee was Redshank, previous years you could guarantee a minimum of four birds, the whole time in the Paul Britain hide I only saw two birds and they flew in then out from Brayshaws Bund. 3 Snipe were also present.
Heavily cropped though. Lapwings were also present, busily fending off the local corvids. But still a great place to see Lapwings up close and personal.
Best bird but sadly no image was the first bird of the day a Water Pipit on the earth mound between the Pioneer hide and Rotary Island hide. A school boy error on my part (hadn't turned the camera on) meant after confirming it was definitely a Water Pipit, glancing down to turn camera on it had vanished....shit, I spent 20 odd minutes checking the ditch, Rotary island and the scrape but it eluded me, adding further insult to injury, adding it to the Birdtrack app on my phone I was greeted with a message "bird species not recorded in the last month", grrr, stringer alert lol.
Mistle Thrush and the ultimate Tug of War.
Also saw some Shelduck and Egyptian Geese (2). Found this and took a snap with camera phone.
Badger or fox? Given my experience with puppies I'd say that's only a week old maximum. Saw my first Swift and a lot of Common Whitethroat.
Both images quite distant as it kept going back to one area with food so I opted to stay a bit further away then I'd normally like to.