Monday 28th April 2014 - Grimley

Today I had a long overdue catch up with my old mate (and cantankerous old so & so of legend) Tony S.  The weather wasn't great for inverts so we decided to do a bit of birding at Grimley gravel pits. 

On arrival at Camp Lane we soon picked up the Whimbrel that had arrived the previous day feeding in the field along the shore line on the East side.  These large Curlew-like  waders are passage migrants through Worcestershire and generally only tend to stick around for a day or two to feed up.

Whimbrel (distant record shot)

Also of note at Camp Lane pits were a Common Sandpiper, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank, and 2 Wigeon.  A number of Sand Martins were present as were 2 Swifts.

Sand Martin (Riparia riparia)

Another highlight of the visit was when a cracking ♂ White Wagtail came and perched on the wire fence near where we were stood on the causeway.  The White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) is the mainland European equivalent of the Pied Wagtail. Our native British Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii) is actually a subspecies.  In Worcestershire small numbers are encountered each year during the migration periods.  A number of Pied Wagtails were also present at Camp Lane.

♂ White Wagtail (Motacilla alba)

Wagon Wheel Lane pits were quiet but for 4 Oystercatchers.  Holt Sling Pool was similarly as quiet with only a further 2 Oystercatchers of note.  Still it had been an enjoyable few hours birding and even the company wasn't too painful!

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