Saturday, 13 May 2017

Cuckoo's........Like Buses. (11/05/17)

A circuit of the Grove/Stodmarsh reserve last Thursday (11th) will not take too long to write about as it was very quiet. Entering the reserve from the Grove end, there was a Bullfinch along the entrance track and a Nightingale was singing from within the Paddock scrub. The ramp was all but empty, two Common Terns, a Grey Heron and a Little Egret flew through. A Common Whitethroat was in full song and a nice target for the camera.

The Feast and Harrison's hide were empty save the expected ducks alongside a pair of Cormorants (Feast hide) and I heard a Greenshank on approaching the Marsh hide but could not locate it. The Reed Bed hide held a Grey Heron and a Great Crested Grebe, the Nightingales were heard as was a Garden Warbler on the way to the hide. The distant sound of a Cuckoo could be heard from the direction of the river and what with Cuckoo's being very thin on the ground this year (for me any way) I headed off down the Lampern Wall to see if I could catch a sight of the bird. I counted 6 Common Tern's on the main lake, 5 Great Crested Grebes and just past the Tower hide the cuckoo was still calling from within a Willow tree. Soon after I got there, the Cuckoo was joined by another bird and then a third bird arrived and although the light was fairly drab under a greyish sky, I was able to get a few images as they chased each other around, oblivious to me standing out in the open on the path.

Not too much else I can recall, a couple of Common Buzzards seen over the old pit, 5 Marsh Harriers, a Kestrel and a Peregrine seen out over the Water (less) Meadow and another Garden Warbler as the path turns east along the River Stour at Stodmarsh. There were also at least a dozen Hobbies up over the reed beds from the Lampern Wall towards Grove.

1 comment:

  1. Some nice shots even with the inclement weather