So, on the way up we stopped at Carsington Water. This is a great venue for us because the excellent disabled facilities allow Lyn the opportunity to share my passion for birding. We basically headed straight for the Wildlife Centre and recorded what we saw.
First up was a Black-tailed Godwit which was feeding reasonably close to the hide. The log-book said it had been there yesterday, but as I hadn't checked that I still got the frisson that goes with a surprise discovery.
After that, I concentrated on birds I do not expect to see at Morton Bagot any time soon.
|Great Crested Grebe|
Speaking of record shots, I was aware of one scarce bird which has wintered at Carsington Water, but I wasn't expecting to see it.
|Great Northern Diver|
The following day was cold and grey. I had high hopes of Beeley Moor, but the best bird I could rustle up was a female Stonechat. In the afternoon aimless driving around brought us to Lathkill Valley Nature reserve. Lyn had no chance of joining me as there was an extremely steep road down to the beck, so I had to go alone.
It was pleasant in spite of the weather, and reminded me of Dowles Brook in Worcestershire.
A fairly common plant, which looks like it should be rare, grew in profusion at the valley bottom.
I'm back home now, and hoping to resume patch birding shortly.