I made the decision to 'pop to water' today and check out Grimley gravel pits. But you know me, i still had to pay a fleeting visit to Shenstone on my way out. The only place i stopped was Barrs Lane where on pulling up I was greeted by a huge flock of winter thrushes feeding on the ground either side of the lane. There were at least c.100 Redwing and c.60 Fieldfare. It was difficult to get a more accurate count due to some birds being obscured by the stubble. Also in this same field, but closer to the hedgerow, were 14 Blackbirds. What a good start to the morning....I continued my journey 10 miles down the road to Grimley/Holt.
My first stop off was along the concrete road near Holt Church. In the adjacent stubble field there were 27 Pied Wagtails and c.100 Linnet. Nearby Sling pool was devoid of birds but whilst I was there a flock of Lapwing flew over heading towards Top Barn farm, with them was a single Lapwing...I headed over there. In the field opposite the entrance to Top Barn was c.200 Lapwing and in amongst them were a number of Golden Plover. I panned across with my scope and counted 47 Golden Plover in total....a good count in this part of the county these days.
My final destination was at Camp Lane pits, Grimley. I scanned the recently landscaped North end first and within minutes a Peregrine flew through, landed in a puddle and proceeded to bath. It was there for a good 5 minutes or so before being chased off by the corvids. The main pool at Camp Lane was relatively quiet although I did note 20 Gadwall and 3 Little Grebes.
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