Monday 13 May 2013

Red-rumped Swallow, Burrowes

Lade - 0700hrs - cool, cloudy, w 4 - Another breezy old day slogging around the local patch checking out all likely spots that may attract dabbling ducks, particularly teal. None found here but the Green-winged Teal did put in another brief appearance at the south end of ARC just after 0800hrs (PB). Spent some time checking through a flock of 100 hirundines and Swifts over the willow swamp, while 2 Yellow Wagtails passed overhead calling.
Burrowes - 1300hrs - King Hirundine (SB) struck again with his 4th Red-rumped Swallow of the spring, which showed a treat over Burrowes between Dennis`s and Makepeace hides amongst a large flock of Swallows and Swifts. It also performed in front of the visitor centre; my second of the season and a much improved view than the New Diggings bird.
Also on the bird reserve today the summer plum Knot and Pectoral Sandpiper on Hayfield 3 and a pair of Scaup on Burrowes, plus a drake on ARC.

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