Today was Bev's day off and she fancied popping to a garden centre. I suggested Webbs of Wychbold as it is over the road from Upton Warren NR, and with that being the case it would be rude not to visit there.
We duly visited the Moors Pool where good numbers of Teal were present around Amy's Marsh. Also of note on the Pool were 8 Shoveller. As there wasn't much to see from the East hide we decided to pop over to the West side of the pool to view the feeding station. On the walk along the West side we picked up 8 Curlew that were having a good fertile around in the field opposite.
In the hedge next to the feeding station were a stunning pair of Bullfinch. At (and around) the feeding station good Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Reed Bunting, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Blue Tits, Great Tits and Long-Tailed Tits were observed.
We then decided to walk along the River Salwarpe and look for the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker that had been present the previous couple of days. We had no joy on that front but we did get cracking views of a Kingfisher. c.20 Siskin and 6 Goldfinch were also noted.
Our final stop was the concrete hide back at the moors pool. This is one of the best hides for seeing Water Rail and it wasn't long before one was seen skulking about at the edge of the reeds. Whilst we were sat in the hide we were joined by Upton Warren regular and work party leader John Belsey. As we were having a natter John picked up on a 1st winter Little Gull that had just flew in. The bird performed well for us for a few minutes and even rested for a short while on the water near the East side reeds before taking off and flying North. What fortuitous timing and a welcome year tick.
All in all it had been an enjoyable visit to Upton and it was good catching up with a few familiar faces (Andy P, John B and Terry N), all that was left to do was the shopping...Webbs was calling...ah well!
Water Rail - Upton Warren
(photo from the archive)
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