I was up at 03.00 for a dawn chorus bird walk which I was leading. 6 people turned up for what was a slow start but a nice morning. Birds heard and seen were Robin, Wren, Blackbird, Skylark, Mallard, Song Thrush, Great Tit, Chiffchaff, Chaffinch, Moorhen, Coot, Great Crested Grebe, Willow Warbler, Swallow, Canada Geese, Common Tern, carrion Crow, Long-tailed Tit, Collared Dove, Goldfinch, Black-headed Gull, House Sparrow, Mistle Thrush, Common Whitethroat, Greenfinch and Grey Wagtail.
After getting up early, if I sat down I wouldnt get up again so it was straight out to Whitemoor. First of all I checked out the main pool and noted Magpie, Pheasant, Chiffchaff, Mute Swan, Yellowhammer, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Chaffinch, Common Whitethroat, Woodpigeon, Linnet, lapwing, Skylark, Canada Geese, Oystercatcher, Blackcap, Great Crested Grebe, Carrion Crow and Blue Tit. After parking up I started walking along the lanes before a phone call made up my mind to turn around and back to the car. Birds added were Wren, Tree Sparrow, Goldfinch, Blackbird, Swallow, redshank, green Sandpiper, Corn Bunting, Robin, Buzzard and Lesser Black-backed Gull.
The phone call was to tell me three Bar-tailed Godwits had just settled on the shallows on the main pool. These would be nice for a county tick for the year so as Whitemoor was quiet I quickly turned up at Croxall. Walking up to the hide, a phone call told me they were flushed by a Buzzard. Typical. Never mind, I was here now, the easterly wind was blowing well so we will sit and see what turns up. For the first hour it was highly productive before dropping off a little. Birds seen were Common Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Goldfinch, Blackbird, Canada Geese, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Coot, Blue Tit, Woodpigeon, Wren, Chaffinch, Mallard, Gadwall, Chiffchaff, Magpie, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Green Woodpecker, Black-headed Gull, Greenfinch, Song Thrush, Shoveler, Common Tern, Starling, Redshank, Little Ringed Plover, Ruff, Wood Sandpiper, Shelduck, Swift, Starling, Teal, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Dunnock, Arctic Tern, Swallow, Grey Heron, Black-tailed Godwit, Cormorant, Great Crested Grebe, Common Sandpiper and Kestrel. A great few hours here.
After doing something else I headed for Whitemoor Haye as another Bar-tailed Godwit had been found on the main lake so it was a quick look over here before heading home and then too the pub. Birds noted were Robin, Chiffchaff, Carrion Crow, Greenfinch, Lapwing, Greylag Geese, Tufted Duck, Canada Geese, Mallard, Buzzard, Swallow, Black-headed Gull, Great Crested Grebe, Bar-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, Linnet, Dunnock, Blackbird, Magpie and Chaffinch. Bit tired now so chill out time at a pub.