Monday, 22 June 2020

Buckland Sand Pits

A very pleasant morning with Ian Magness at Park Pit saw a Crossbill and a Siskin fly over. A Kingfisher was another highlight, while there seemed to be three pairs of Great Crested Grebes, as well as a couple of Little Grebes. 17 Egyptian Geese included a couple of family groups. Dozens of Sand Martins were visiting their nest holes, these being joined by just one Swallow over the lake, and a pair of Grey Wagtails attended to a fledgling. A singing Garden Warbler revealed itself and we had two Reed Warblers and three Reed Buntings around the edges of the pit. Singles of Kestrel and Sparrowhawk passed over and loafing wildfowl included a drake Tufted Duck, 81 Canada Geese, seven Mute Swans and six Greylags.

adult male Grey Wagtail (left) with juvenile

Egyptian Geese

Garden Warbler