Apparently Julien Allen found no less than three Garganey at Stubbers Green near Aldridge yesterday and they were still present this morning. For those not in the know, Garganey are a summer visitor, migrating to the U.K. from Africa each year and they can often be an elusive species to connect with locally so three at one site is reasonably noteworthy.
|Not much to look at this time of year but worth the effort for a birder|
I played it cool though and set off for Shelfield at about two this afternoon and in accordance with Bernard's advice, didn't bother to take my scope.
I had heard that the birds were elusive but they were in fact neigh-on invisible and 'take the Hubble Telescope' might have been better advice if you wanted good views. Despite this, after about twenty minutes I managed to find one bird with a broken supercillium and with the arrival of 'Pushbike' Pete Newman I was also able to enjoy brief views of this through his telescope before it once again went to ground.
A few minute later I picked up a couple of Teal-sized birds up-ending at the edge of the main water and with a little telescopic help from Pete was able to confirm that the three birds were indeed still present.
Not much else there to shout about but three feeding Sand Martin were a bit of a bonus for the day (my first since the spring).
Anyway, the last month of Summer begins tomorrow and we are only now 31 days from my favourite time of year - the Autumn (and 'Strole-on Christmas' ).
I may even have a look on the Marsh tomorrow to see if we have benefited from this influx of Migrant Garganey? - Chaz