Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Pannel Valley NR

When I mentioned the Shoveler brood I'd seen at Pannel Valley the other day to Ingrid, she was really eager for us to pay a visit so that she could see babies of her joint-favourite bird. So in the late afternoon and early evening we dropped in to this wonderful little reserve. We quickly found not one Shoveler brood but three: females with 10, five and four young. The drake Garganey was showing a little better this time and I was pleased to pick out a female at the back of the scrape. Little Ringed Plovers, Avocets and Mediterranean Gulls were also busy on the scrape and there were several broods of Gadwall, a group of six Teal and a couple of Pochards. One Cuckoo flew close past us and another sang from one perch for some time. Cetti's, Sedge and Reed Warblers made themselves known and a pair of Marsh Harriers appeared overhead.

male Cuckoo

female Garganey

drake Garganey

Shoveler brood