Wednesday 21st September 2011- Grimley

Today I had planned to go out for the day with my good wife.  She is on annual leave this week and we had pencilled in visiting a National Trust property at the Brockhampton estate near Bromyard (Herefordshire).  I knew that 2 fairly scarce waders (scarce in Worcestershires that is) had been discovered at Grimley the day before and were still present today.  After a little persuasion I talked Bev into letting us pop there on the way out.

We visited Wagon Wheel Lane pits first and soon picked up the Spotted Redshank that was working its way through the vegetation at the edge of the down, one to go.  Also of note here were 2 Green Sandpipers.

Next stop was Camp Lane pits where we had good views of the Grey Plover there.   Believe it or not this was a county tick for me ...although I have seen many on the Norfolk coast over the years.  The last one recorded at this site was 11 years ago in it gives you an idea of how scarce they are locally.  

There were small numbers of hirrundines hawking over the pool including a couple of Sand Martins.

As for the day out, well we did head to Brockhampton and had a look around a lovely medieval manor house.  We also walked around part of the estate enjoying the orachards and woodland in particular.  

So there you have it two good birds and a nice day out with a third....if you know what I mean  ;-)

Spotted Redshank

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Grey Plover

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  1. "So there you have it two good birds and a nice day out with a third....if you know what I mean ;-)"

    It`s to be hopes Bev doesn`t mind being called something other than wife ;-)

    Two good birds there though, Jason.