Sunday, 23 September 2012

A Gregory in Berks

After yesterdays success in Norfolk I couldn't resist just a bit more birding. So first thing this morning Paul and myself headed over to Dorney Common near Eton Wick. Here we had good scope views of a juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper. Also noted here were several singing Cetti's Warbler, Ring-necked Parakeet and a Grey Wagtail.
On our return we called in at Black Park near Pinewood Studios. Here we encountered 2 pairs and several juvenile Manadarin Duck.
Finally on returning to Maple Lodge (our meeting place). I checked my Birdguides app to see if any decent birds had been reported locally. Sure enough it had and in the shape of a Great White Egret at Wilstone Reservoir. I immediately phoned Brendan who was blissfully unaware of this Hertfordshire "Mega". In fact Brendan needed this bird for his Herts list. Paul was running a little short of time so headed straight over to Wilstone. I went over to Brendan's picked him up and dashed over to Wilstone. Here we were able to enjoy rather distant views of a Great White Egret as it fed in front of the reedbed. Thanks to finders Steve Rodwell and the artist known as LGRE for getting the news out so quickly.
Some pics below of my usual poor quality but at least they add some colour to the posting. Especially the Mandarin!
Juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper and Grey Wagatil at Dorney Common. Mandarin at Black Park. Cormorant at Dorney Common.


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