Gone for a Burton

Trip Start Jan 05, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

so we're getting towards the end of May and so far we have managed to see at least one new bird species for the year every week. It gets more difficult from here on in. We still have a few 'bankers' that we should be able to see over the next few weeks and a trip 'down south' for the long Jubilee weekend should give us a chance at a few of these but there was still this week to get through.

A check of the staffordshirebirdingblogspot showed that we'd missed a couple of good birds in the week (inevitable when mid-week is invariably taken up with work) but possible Reed Warblers at Branston Gravel Pits in Staffordshire were well within range so after a couple of hours of hard work in the garden that's where we went.

On arrival at the car park we asked in the visitor centre where the best areas for bird watching were but the staff weren't too sure so we set off to walk around the lake in the hope that we could get close to the reedbed. We found a side path from where we could hear but not see a singing Reed Warbler but did get a good look at a Treecreeper and a family of Long-tailed Tits and a couple more Garden Warblers that seem quite numerous this year.

Further around the lake we checked out a couple of small gravel islands for terns and soon found a couple of Common Terns which probably breed there. So with Reed Warbler and Common Tern we had got our new birds.

Afterwards we went into nearby Burton-on-Trent where we did reasonably well on the quiz machines in the town centre.
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