Monday, August 13, 2018

πŸ“– #51 ~ RSPB Middleton Lakes

⛅️23C Monday 13th August 2018 ~ I'd originally planned to visit Brandon Marsh today but after breakfast decided I'd try my hand a little further afield, heading off to RSPB Middleton Lakes.

Dunlin ~ West Scrape ~ Canon SX50

Ringed Plover ~ West Scrape ~ Canon SX50
I was sitting at the West Scrape screen just after 10am where a good selection of waders were on offer: (2) Common Sandpiper, (2) Dunlin, (5) Black-tailed Godwit, (4) Avocet, (2) Ringed Plover and Little-ringed Plover.

Three of four Avocets today ~ Canon SX50
While here I couldn't believe my luck when the phone pinged: Spotted Crake, East Scrape, RSPB Middleton Lakes! I was off in flash arriving a few minutes later and immediately bumping into Dave Hutton who'd dropped onto the bird a short time earlier.

Wood Sandpiper ~ East Scrape ~ Canon SX50
I spent a while at the screen chatting and scanning without success, although a couple of Wood Sandpipers and a Hobby were an excellent distraction. Unlike me (Mr Impatience) I did spend a few hours here at various vantage points, my only reward a fleeting glance of something darting in and out of reeds, which the RSPB guys told me was the Crake. For me, it could have been anything so sadly no year-tick!

The remainder of the time was spent around the western and northern end of the reserve where I did pick out a distant Whinchat perched up, a year-tick for my efforts ✅

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