30th April 2013 – Garganey, Gropper & Wheatears aplenty

It was 3rd time lucky for me this evening when I finally caught up with the elusive pair of Garganey at North Plain…

Drake Garganey giving crippling views - not!

Drake Garganey giving crippling views – not!

A gropper was reeling nearby and was glimpsed a few times, and once again there were plenty of Wheatears about on the marshes – presumably many of these birds are heading to Iceland and Greenland and are not British breeders. The bird pictured below is probably a ‘Greenland’ Wheatear and was particularly confiding, I was lying in the grass on my front and it actually approached me to within 10ft, it wasn’t bothered at all… what a beauty…

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And several Whimbrel were up on the grass over high tide…

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2 Responses to 30th April 2013 – Garganey, Gropper & Wheatears aplenty

  1. Carl Baggott says:

    Great pics of the Wheatear. Do you remember the confiding female Wheatear at Croft Quarry that you sketched? There hasn’t been one there as tame s that since.

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