Thursday, 27 November 2014

16 November 2014: A day at Upton Warren Nature Reserve, Worcestershire

Went to Upton Warren Nature Reserve with a friend and had an early start to try and catch the early morning activity. However, it remaind grey all day, so morning never quite arrived. That said we saw plenty of birds though no Kingfisher in spite being on site for over 6 hours - on the last few visits I have never failed to see at least one, even if I never managed any pictures.

Water Rail - appropriately enough from the Water Rail hide.
Male Reed Bunting
Female Reed Bunting
Fieldfare and redwing


Black Headed Gull still with full cap
Blue Tit
Therwe was a Cetti's Warbler that kept teasing by flying around he hide and then acroo the various reedbed patches, but always evading the camera. Then we moved on to the east hide and saw approximately 50 Common Snipe in the open.

Presumably a rather leuchistic Greylag Goose, though it was hanging about with the Canadas
Lapwing, Teal and Snipe
Common Snipe
Lapwing feeding
Yellow Legged Gull with the Lesser Black Backed
Yellow Legged Gull

Common Snipe

Common Snipe really exposed

Lesser Black Backed Gull
Another shot of the leuchistic Greylag
Common Snipe coming onshore from the island

Greylag scrap
the winner gains a feather
Selection of Canadas, Black Headed Gulls, Lesser Black Backed Gull and Lapwing
A very nice surprise as this female Blackcap turned up
As we left hispart of the reserve to go round to the flashes we discovered a small flock of Curlew near rthe car park.
From the Flashes hide there were some Common Snipe with Jack Snipe hiding in the reeds at the water's edge to the right.
Pied Wagtail
The Common Snipe and Jack Snipe again

Grey Wagtail

The flashes were very quiet, possibly too much water for waders after a lot of rain. Sun starts to set an dtime for home.

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