Spent the weekend in Dunstable catching up with old friends and doing a bit of birding.
Saturday - 1500hrs - Dunstable Sewage Treatment Works - warm, dry and sunny - Visited the old site with Rob Dazley and Don Green on a warm, spring afternoon with brimstones, small tortoiseshells, peacocks and a comma on the wing. From the hide overlooking the scrape had good views of a Water Rail creeping in and out of a small reed bed. On the lagoons a good selection of wildfowl including a pair of Shovelers, 20 Teals, 30 Gadwalls, Pochard and Tufted Ducks, plus a Green Sandpiper and 2 Grey Wagtails with another pair along the brook. At least 4 Buzzards on the wing, including one perched on a post within the site boundary, 2 Kestrels, 2 Long-tailed Tits, 4 Reed Buntings, 3 Chiffchaffs and a Green Woodpecker.
Sunday - Blows Downs - 0700hrs warm, dry, hazy sunshine, e1 - Flogged around another former local patch this morning with RD. The only migrants on show were a number of Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps in the scrub, but no sign of any Wheatears on the paddocks. Good to see and hear several classic downland breeding species on territory; Skylark, Mipit, Lotti, Linnet, Bullfinch and Yammer.
Year ticked Lol Carmen, who I`m sure must have been wandering around this site for the past 30 years or more...