Friday, 12 April 2013

Pied and Grey Wagtails

Pied Wagtail, Motacilla alba
On Wednesday I joined a work party at Mill Hill where we cleared up a lot of the mess left by contractors. The Grizzled Skippers should be flying soon, we need some warm days to trigger them. Last year they were on the wing during the last week of March, so the recent cold weather has delayed their emergence.

Afterwards I visited Arundel WWT and was rewarded with pairs of Pied and Grey Wagtails strutting in front of the Sand Martin hide.
Mill Hill:

Arundel WWT:
Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Dendrocygna autumnalis
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
Black-headed Gull, Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Black-headed Gulls
 The air was full of the raucous calls of these gulls.

Canada Geese, Branta canadensis
Canada Goose

Egyptian Goose, Alopochen aegyptiacus
Egyptian Goose landing
Egyptian Goose after dabbling
Egyptian Goose manicure
Pied Wagtail, Motacilla alba
Grey Wagtail, Motacilla cinerea

Garganey, Anas querquedula
Mrs Garganey
Lapwing (Peewit), Vanellus vanellus

Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos, female on nest
Her nest by the path, but she is so well camouflaged I would not have spotted her is her drake had not been nearby.
Pintails, Anas acuta
Reed Bunting, Emberiza schoeniclus

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