18th May 2013 - Coombe Hill Meadows

After a couple of weeks hiatus in birding, we went to Somerset for the weekend as they'd been getting some good birds recently.  Of course as soon as we weren't in London, a Red-backed Shrike, Montagu's Harrier and the amazing Dusky Thrush turned up in Kent.  Fantastic.

In an attempt to cheer ourselves up, we drove up to Gloucestershire to try and find the Red-necked Phalarope.  Luckily this little lady was having a great time swimming round and round the depth measurer stick thing, so we were able to watch her for ages.  Lovely (tiny) bird.  I also saw my first Lapwing chicks (and the fight that ensued when a Coot grabbed one of them) and the first Swift of the year.  A Yellow Wagtail was also found by Stuart for me as I hadn't seen one this year and it was great.

Trip list: 37
Year list: 156
Lifers of year list: 17

Lovely lady Reed Bunting

Loud male Reed Bunting

L to R: Lapwing, Gadwall, Gadwall, Oystercatcher, Red-necked Phalarope.  Honest.


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