Called to check on a few boxes, pleasing to see Tree Spugs using some of them.
Quite a selection of species with young on a warm afternoon including :-
Lapwing, Wren, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Oystercatcher, Linnet, Great tit, Long tailed Tit, Coot, Moorhen, GCGrebe, Swan, Canada goose, Common Whitethroat, fledged Sand Martin. Others seen inc Jay, GSW, Dabchick, Pied Wagtail, Sedge Warbler, Garden Warbler etc,
There was a time when i had to be dragged away from here
Often my dog would simply lie down & refuse to walk any further - resulting in having to nip to the phone box & ring for it "to be collected".
Nevermind your 3 laps of Sludgeletch or a circuit of all the Bish Midd waterbodies,
Those were the days of a 5 mile walk before the birding began !!
Yes, the rose-tinted specs work wonders, everythings better looking back . .
In the case of Backside or Brasside Pond as it used to be known - Everything certainly WAS better . . .
Based on todays brief visit, & being in a generous mood, im gonna give it a 3 out of 10
1 point for the Damsels
there were 200+ of them in SE corner of main pond.
1 point for the GCGr's
1st come first served
& a final point for the nesting Nuthatch
An old Green Woodpecker hole at the pathside.
Close up of the old w'pkr hole, filled with mud by the Nuthatches - surprised at how perfect a circle the hole seems to be - especially at this late stage of breeding.
eldest chick just visible