15 May 2013

It doesn't get better than this.......

Local birding at its best! With building work still going on at home it gave me an excuse to spend as much time as possible in the field to escape the noise and dust. I spent Friday afternoon exploring the canal towpath and surrounding fields around the Shropshire Union canal at nearby Stoak. A blustery afternoon but some great local birds. Highlights were at least 3 singing male Lesser Whitethroats and 4 pairs of Lapwings attempting to nest on recently drilled potato fields.

The freshly ploughed field also held a few finches including this male Chaffinch. Unfortunately, if you look closely, you can see its succumbed to the dreaded 'grotty leg' disease that this species are prone to.

Saturday was another pre-dawn trip to Hilbre although strong blustery winds meant there were few migrants. A few Willow Warblers had battled through though.

Surprise of the day though were three late Scaup that hung around along the tide edge as it flooded.

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