01 August 2020

Lockdown - Day 142

Week 31; 31 July 2020 - Pivot Fields

We have Eid Al Adha holidays, so with nowhere to travel, it give a few extra days birding this weekend. So, back to the Pivot Farm. Yesterday was hot and heavy, but today was hot and dry with the hair-dryer wind blowing, which also just sucks the energy right out of you. 

Neil Tovey joined me this morning and we met at the marsh where we had a Collared Pratincole fly overhead

Collared Pratincole (Glareola pratincola)

Followed by a few Western Cattle Egret's

Western Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)

No sign of the Savi's, but it was also hard to hear any calls with the wind blowing through the reeds. Whilst talking at our car, we had our first, but distant European Roller of the autumn.

European Roller (Coracias garrulus)

We went to check the Nightjar's, but almost all had been flushed by some of the other birders intent on getting flight shots. We did manage to see one. We then split up and I headed to the pool just off the main road, where I had this really young Collared Pratincole

Juvenile Collared Pratincole (Glareola pratincola)

The numbers of waders had increased substantially since yesterday; Ruff, Little Stint, Little Ringed Plovers, Wood and many Green Sandpipers, here showing its dark underwing to separate it from Wood Sandpiper in flight

Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus)

The birding activity quietened very quickly this morning with the hot dry wind, so we also called it a day

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