Attenborough etc

Today I had a trip to Attenborough NR near Nottingham for the first time. It’s a good reserve with some good species on show, even at this time of year, but possibly one I’ll try and visit outside the school holidays in future…

Highlights included 3+ little egrets, more common terns than you could shake a stick at, a snipe, a few shovelers, a singing sedge warbler, and some sand martins zipping around. Perhaps the best was a female red-crested pochard with 6 ducklings, although this would-be lifer is causing something of a ticking crisis due to the bird’s distance from the species naturalised stronghold in the Thames Valley…

Red-crested Pochard
To tick or not to tick…

At least there’s more argument for the validity of them than the Egyptian goose that was scrabbling for scraps among the Canadas and manky greylags by the visitors’ centre…

Elsewhere a very approachable common tern posed for photos a few feet away from us, saving this blog post from being illustrated with a single rubbish record shot…

Common Tern

Common Tern

Common Tern

The rest of the afternoon was taken up at Staunton Harold Reservoir looking for Mediterannean gulls (no joy!) and Foremark Reservoir looking for yellow-legged gulls (ditto!). One day the rarer gulls will be mine, but not today…

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