With the continuing numbers of waders passing through the country i decided to visit the RSPB reserve at Blacktoft Sands and see if any passage waders were on offer.After getting the gear together and showing my membership card at the visitor centre,i began visiting each hide one by one.Waders were not in big numbers,but some variety was observed and the best of the 10 species seen was a juv. Wood Sandpiper which was watched feeding at the back of Marshland Lagoon.This autumn is proving very productive for this species and this is my 13th of the period so far,always great to see and at one point watched feeding beside a Green Sand.Also on this same lagoon,was a smart juv. Little-ringed Plover,with its jerky feeding action,which showed nicely and at the back of the lagoon,a handful of juvenile Bearded Tit were watched feeding at the base of the reedbed there.Other wader highlights included 7 Green Sand,3 Greenshank and 5 Spotted Redshank.Quite a few herons were also observed today and included 5 Grey Heron and an impressive 15 Little Egret,the Egrets always a joy to watch with their constant squabbles and corvid like calls.Some great views were had of the local Marsh Harriers as can be expected,with one pair watched passing food to their 3 juveniles,with some great action as the juv's chased each other.A few insects were observed and included Common Darter and Black-tailed Skimmer,the latter watched mating and the female later egg-laying.A good few hours out,with a different site visited for a change.
|Little Egrets and Grey Herons,Singleton Lagoon.|
|Adult Green Sandpiper,Ousefleet Lagoon.|
|Juvenile Lapwing,Marshland Lagoon.|
|Juvenile Avocet,Marshland Lagoon.|