Saturday, August 22, 2009

Feeding the ducks

Back at home this weekend we decided to make the most of a spell of pleasant weekend weather by having another walk around Hollowell. Anglian Water are doing a great job of letting the water slowly drain away so that there's a lot of mud exposed, ideal to attract passing migrant waders. I've been watching the reports from the US of various species being spotted hence the urge to head back there, that and it's only a few miles from home :)

We spotted Ringed Plovers, Common Terns, a Lesser Whitethroat two Barnacle Geese and Yellow Wagtails at various points around the reservoir, but the star of the show for us was the Pectoral Sandpiper present there.

We stopped off at Ravensthorpe Reservoir, before heading home, to feed the ducks. They respond well to our particular way of doing so, that is providing big quantities of grain - we hope this will augment the white bread, etc., they normally get fed:

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